Penn State University encourages reporting misconduct. If you see something, say something.

Penn State offers numerous resources to raise concerns. When in doubt of where to report, call the Office of Ethics and Compliance (814-867-5088) or your Human Resources Strategic Partner for advice.

    Examples of Misconduct

    • Abusive or intimidating behavior that creates a hostile or offensive environment
    • Cheating, plagiarism, or other violations of academic integrity
    • Financial misconduct (falsifying expense reports, embezzlement)
    • Research misconduct
    • Stealing, theft, or misuse of University services or resources
    • Substance abuse by an employee or student
    • Sexual assault, harassment, or misconduct
    • Violations of University policy and the Student Code of Conduct
    • Violations of local, state, federal, and international laws and regulations that you encounter during your work at the University
    • Violations of University environmental health and safety policies


    • AD88 – Code of Responsible Conduct
    • By-laws of The Pennsylvania State University (section 8.13)
    • HR91 – Conflict of Interest
    • RP06 – Disclosure and Management of Significant Financial Interests:
    • AD77 – Engaging in Outside Professional Activities (Conflict of Commitment)
    • AD85 – Sexual and/or Gender-Based Harassment and Misconduct (Including Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Related Inappropriate Conduct)
    • AD86 – Acceptance of Gifts and Entertainment
    • AD91 – Discrimination and Harassment and Related Inappropriate Conduct
    • SY01 - Environmental Health and Safety Policy
    • Centre County CAN HELP Line - 24-hour crisis hotline - 1-800-643-5432


    Training for employees is available on many of the above topics through the Office of Human Resources' Learning Resource Network at