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We are asking you to help us keep Lackawanna College safe. If you see, hear, or know about any concerns, incidents, or violations on one of Lackawanna College’s campuses or involving Lackawanna College Students that we should be aware of we are asking you to keep us informed. We know sharing such information can be difficult because you may not know whom to tell or don’t want to be considered a “snitch” so we have removed all barriers and you can simply provide the information on our TIPS anonymous reporting form. If you are witnessing something this moment that needs immediate assistance do NOT use this form, call Public Safety at 570-961-7899 or 570-241-2026 or 911 right away. Working together we will keep Lackawanna College a safe campus for everyone. You can also look on the Lackawanna College Website for the direct link.
Consent: Consent is clearly communicating “Affirmative Yes” about sexual activity on your own terms. It can be limited to certain acts and revoked at any time.
Consent cannot be given if a person is:
5 Principles of Consent
Privilege – Sex is never a right, it is a privilege.
Permission – Since sexual contact is a privilege, you must have permission every time.
Justification – There is never a good enough excuse to violate another’s boundaries.
Intent – To ensure that sexual boundaries are not crossed, your intent must be to “First, do no harm.”
Responsibility – You are entirely responsible for your own actions. Persons who experience sexual assault never bear the responsibility of harm caused by others.
Signs of Non-Consent
Verbal Refusal : When someone says “no” or “don’t do that” or “please stop” or “I don’t want to do this.”
Implied Verbal Refusal: When someone says “I don’t think I want to go this fast” or “I’m not sure I want to do this.”
Physical Resistance: Trying to get away, freezing up, trying to leave, rolling over or away, pushing away, moving someone’s hands, trying to put clothes back on.
***If sexual activity continues after any of these indicators, a crime has been committed.***
Sexual Harassment: any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, whether verbal, non-verbal, graphic, physical, or otherwise, when a power differential is present and/or such conduct creates a hostile environment.
Gender-Based Harassment: includes harassment based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, which may include acts of aggression, intimidation, or hostility, whether verbal or non-verbal, graphic, physical, or otherwise, even if the acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature when there is a power differential and/or such conduct creates a hostile environment.
Sexual Violence: A form of sexual harassment which includes conduct that is criminal. Sexual assault falls under sexual violence. Sexual violence also includes rape, sexual battery, sexual coercion, unwanted touching, intimate partner violence, and sexually motivated stalking.
Sexual Exploitation: Purposely or knowingly doing any of the following:
¨ Causing the incapacitation of another person for the purpose of compromising that person’s ability to give Affirmative Consent to sexual activity;
¨ Allowing third parties to observe private sexual activity from a hidden location or through electronic means;
¨ Engaging in voyeurism;
¨ Recording or photographing private sexual activity and/or a person’s intimate parts;
¨ Disseminating or posting images of private sexual activity and/or a person’s intimate parts;
¨ Prostituting another person; or
¨ Exposing another person to a sexually transmitted infection or virus without the other’s knowledge.
Sexual Assault: unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature whether by an acquaintance or a stranger. Conduct is unwanted when it occurs without effective consent or by force.
Intimate Partner Violence (Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Relationship Violence): any act or threatened act of violence against a person which is or has been involved in a sexual, dating, domestic, or other intimate relationship, by the other person in the relationship. It may involve one act or an ongoing pattern of behaviors. It encompasses a range of behaviors, including, but not limited to: physical violence, sexual violence, emotional abuse, and economic abuse. It may take the form of violence or threats of violence to one’s self, one’s sexual or romantic partner, one’s family members or friends and/or one’s property.
Stalking/Cyberstalking: a course of conduct directed at a specific person under circumstances that would cause a reasonable person to feel alarm, annoyance, emotional distress, and/or fear. Course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which a person directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any actions, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about another person, or interferes with another person’s property. Stalking includes “cyber-stalking,” a particular form of stalking in which a person uses electronic media, such as the internet, social networks, blogs, cell phones, texts, or other similar devices or forms of contact. Examples of stalking include, but are not limited to: following a person; appearing at a person’s home, class, or work uninvited; making frequent phone calls, emails, or text messages; leaving written messages; unwanted contact via social media; or vandalizing a person’s property.
Retaliation: means any adverse action taken against a person for making a good faith report of Prohibited Conduct or participating in any proceeding under this policy. Retaliation includes threatening, intimidating, harassing, coercing or any other conduct that would discourage a reasonable person from engaging in activity protected under this policy. Retaliation may be present even where there is a finding of “no responsibility” on the allegations of Prohibited Conduct. Retaliation does not include good faith actions lawfully pursued in response to a report of Prohibited Conduct.
Complicity: any act taken with the purpose of aiding, facilitating, promoting or encouraging the commission of an act of Prohibited Conduct by another person.
Many campus sexual assaults involve alcohol.
Keep all of these in mind when making choices about alcohol.
Alcohol and other drugs play a major role in intimate partner violence as well as the majority of sexual assaults in college environments, as a person under the influence cannot legally give consent.
Alcohol consumption among college students is quite prevalent in the United States, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (2013), roughly four out of five college students consume alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant that impairs inhibitions, judgment, and decision-making and is by far the most frequently used drug to facilitate sexual assault. Because alcohol consumption impairs an individual’s judgment, it may increase the likelihood of committing a sexual assault, and also may decrease the ability to withhold or give consent.
o Drinking is a socially acceptable activity used as an excuse for a socially unacceptable behavior.
o Alcohol results in cognitive impairments
o Consent must be present in healthy relationships.
o Intoxicated persons cannot give consent More than 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 were assaulted by another student who was drinking. (HIngson, Zha, and Weitzman, 2009)
About 85-90 percent of sexual assaults reported by college students involve alcohol use by one or both parties and were committed by someone who was known to the survivor. (National Institute of Justice, 2008).
Drugs Commonly Used for Sexual Assault also known as Date Rape Drugs
Rohypnol – Also known as roofies, rophies, roche, or forget-me pill. It is a strong sleeping, anti-anxiety pill in the same family of drugs as Valium and Xanax. It is often found as a small, round, white pill that looks like aspirin, and dissolves in liquids. Detection in a liquid is difficult because once dissolved it is odorless and tasteless.
Effects: Physical effects may be noticeable within 20 minutes and may last up to 24 hours. Causes drowsiness, confusion, nausea, impaired motor skills, dizziness, disorientation, impaired judgment, and reduced levels of consciousness. A person under the influence of Rohypnol may appear drunk, with slurred speech and difficulty walking/standing. Rohypnol can also cause memory loss of the events that occurred after ingestion.
GHB – Also known as G, liquid ecstasy, grievous bodily harm, scoop, and Georgia homeboy. It is a powerful synthetic sedative, and is often found as a liquid with a salty taste, however, it can also be found in powder form.
Effects may be felt within 20 minutes, and last from 2 to 6 hours
Effects: Lowers blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing. Causes dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, confusion, excessive perspiration, intense drowsiness, and seizures. May cause unconsciousness or a coma, as a result, an individual under the influence of GHB may not be able to recall what happened after ingestion.
Ketamine – Also known as K, Special K, ket, vitamin K, and cat valium. It is labeled as a general anesthetic, and used as an animal tranquilizer. It has sedative, hypnotic, stimulant, and hallucinogenic properties. It can be found as a powder or a pill. Its effects can begin within minutes, and last up to 5 hours. Effects: It can cause dizziness, confusion, disorientation, memory loss, hallucination, agitation, impaired motor skills, slurred speech, numbness, aggressive or violent behavior, high blood pressure, and potentially fatal respiratory failure. Often times individuals may feel detached from their bodies and surroundings, and may cause a sensation of wanting to move but being unable to do so (“K-Hole”). Can also cause depression and amnesia
Scopolamine – It is a depressant, which acts on the central nervous system. Often times it is prescribed as a transdermal patch for travel sickness. It is highly toxic, and can be used in tiny doses. It is often found in tablet form or as a patch. The drug may take effect within 30 minutes, and effects can also last 2-3 days
Effects: Decreases secretion of fluids, slowing the stomach and intestines, and dilation of pupils. Causes drowsiness, dizziness, restlessness, blurred vision, difficulty urinating, dry or itchy eyes, and accelerated heartbeat. Overdose can cause delirium, delusions, paralysis, stupor, and death. An individual who has been drugged with Scopolamine may appear to be in the midst of a psychotic episode, and often end up in police custody or admitted to a hospital.
Bystander Interventions can prevent sexual violence
Lackawanna College Reporting Procedure for Incidents of Sexual Misconduct
Any College official who is not listed as a confidential resource and receives notice of sexual misconduct or retaliation is obligated to promptly contact the campus Title IX Coordinator, Marsha Pigga 501 Vine Street Office 102, Scranton, PA 18509 (570)955-1466 / 570)677-7589 firstname.lastname@example.org and must complete the Incident Reporting Form at
The complainant may choose to proceed with an informal process to resolve the complaint. At any time, the complainant may end the informal process and decide to begin the formal stage of the complaint process. The goal of informal resolution is to address the allegation, resolve the complaint and prevent future occurrence. Informal resolution is not an option in the case of rape or sexual assault.
Students: Any individual or third party may report sexual misconduct including sexual assault, by initiating either a criminal process and/or a formal institutional process.
Reports can be made to one of the following:
Marsha Pigga 501 Vine Street, Office 102, Scranton, PA 18509
Dan LaMagna 501 Vine Street, Office 104, Scranton, PA 18509
Denise Larson 501 Vine Street, Suite 105D, Scranton, PA 18509
501 Vine Street, Office G07, Scranton, PA 18509 or
540 Wyoming Avenue, Office 107, Scranton, PA 18509
Reports can be made to:
The criminal process will include the initiation of the institutional process.
For College Employees
Complaints of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct made by any faculty, staff, and administrator should be immediately reported to the Lackawanna College AVP of Human Resources Renee Mundy (570)961-7861 501 Vine Street Suite 200 Scranton, PA 18509 email@example.com or Online at http://www.lackawanna.edu/TIPS
Lackawanna College will honor requests for confidentiality to the greatest extent possible. The college will take appropriate steps to respond to and investigate a sexual misconduct claim in accordance with the victim’s request for confidentiality. However, the college’s ability to resolve the complaint may be limited. In the event that the complainant requests the strictest confidentiality, they must contact one of the confidential resources provided below:
Once Lackawanna College deems that the incident poses an immediate threat to the campus community, it may not be able to adhere to the complainant’s request for confidentiality. Lackawanna College has a responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students and staff. The college will notify the complainant in the event that it cannot ensure their confidentiality.
In the event that Lackawanna College is hindered from pursuing disciplinary action against the alleged perpetrator because of the victim’s request for confidentiality, it will take necessary steps to limit the effects of the harassment and prevent its recurrence.
According to the CDC there are a multitude of consequences of sexual violence for the victim and his or her family as well as the community. Among these include a high risk for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. The national rape-related pregnancy rate is approximately 5% per rape among women aged 12–45 years, or approximately 32,000 pregnancies resulting from rape each year.
Impact of Sexual Violence
The Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights
~Turn the Red Zone Blue~
Opportunities to Become Involved and Informed:
It’s On Us~ Bystander Awareness Pledge Event :
It’s On Us –Consent & Title IX Presentation by Women’s Resource Center
Lackawanna College Title IX Handbook
Bystander Intervention PLEDGE
♥To RECOGNIZE that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
♥To IDENTIFY situations in which sexual assault may occur.
♥To INTERVENE in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
♥To CREATE an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.
Click on this link and take the pledge today.
Title IX Resource List
Circle of 6 Anti-Violence Mobile App from Nancy Schwartzman on Vimeo.
Changing culture to one that does not condone violence