Police and Legal Information
Penn State Shenango University Police
Calling from on campus phone: Dial ext. 2824
Calling from off-campus phone: 724-866-0250
Remember, you can always dial 911 in any emergency.
Assault is a crime. It is important to report a crime. However, reporting a crime is not the same as prosecution of a crime. The decision to prosecute in cases of sexual assault is decided at a later time and not when the incident has recently occurred. It is still very important that the crime is reported so that the proper investigation can take place and the prosecution can go forth.
University Police officers are available to aid victims of sexual assault. The police can ensure your safety. The police can assist relative to safety and/or be consulted regarding reporting and/or receiving information about charges. If there is interest in the legal system, the Penn State Police can provide information and support whether the respondent is a student or not.
Ongoing Police and Legal Services
Police departments in the jurisdiction where the assault occurs are in charge of the investigation into the incident. The results of the exam and evidence collected may be helpful in their investigation to identify the assailant when the assailant's identity is unknown.
The District Attorney’s Office presents the state’s case against the accused offender. She/he will evaluate the evidence and decide on the possibility of successful prosecution. The DA will act to ensure that the victim’s rights to information and restitution are met.
Campus Police and local law enforcement can arrange meetings with the District Attorney’s Office.
On Campus Responses
Office of Student Conduct
Director of Student Affairs/Student Conduct Designee
103 Sharon Hall
Relationship violence, sexual assault and stalking are prohibited by Penn State's Code of Conduct. Student perpetrators of these specific behaviors, as well as others which fall into categories of sexual misconduct, harassment or abuse, will be held accountable by staff and/or designees of the Office of Student Conduct. The possible sanctions for these categories of behaviors ranges from disciplinary probation through expulsion. If you are a victim of these actions and the perpetrator is a Penn State student, seek assistance from this university resource.
Administrative Directives for No Contact
The Office of Student Conduct also has the ability to issue an "Administrative Directive for No Contact." This university action prohibits a Penn State student from having contact with the person who requests the directive. It will also restrict the recipient from contacting a victim through a third party. At times a victim may feel that the most important thing is that a perpetrator not be allowed any communication with them and an administrative directive may be very effective in restricting contact.