Student Resources

The following are up-to-date policies and procedures that affect students of the Penn State Graduate School.

Conduct and Integrity




Graduate Assistants


Intellectual Property





  • Residency for Tuition Purposes at Penn State (Appendix V)
  • Ph.D. Residency Requirement Statement


Other Topics


Additional policies may be found from the following sources:

Penn State University's Commitment to Persons With Disabilities

The Pennsylvania State University encourages academically qualified students with disabilities to achieve full participation and integration of its educational programs. It is Penn State's policy not to discriminate against qualified persons with disabilities in its admissions policies and procedures or its educational programs, services, and activities.

College of Medicine students who have disabilities must contact the Disability Services Coordinator. Current documentation of the disability is required in order to qualify for academic accommodations. All information is confidential. Please contact The Pennsylvania State University, Office of Disability Services for questions and policies.

Sexual Harassment and Student Ombudsperson

The College of Medicine is committed to upholding the Penn State policy of providing a responsive environment free of intolerance, discrimination, harassment, and coercion. Included in unacceptable behavior is sexual harassment, which is covered under policy AD-41. It is defined as unwelcome sexual advances requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to such conduct: is a condition for grades, academic status, promotion, or employment is used as a basis for academic/employment decisions affecting an individual interferes unreasonably with the individual's academic/work performance or creates an offensive, hostile, or intimidating learning/working environment.

Any member of the College of Medicine Community who experiences sexual harassment, discrimination, or inappropriate behavior that interferes with the learning environment should contact one of the following individuals at this campus for confidential assistance:

Elizabeth Frauenhoffer, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pathology
X1673, C7864D (BMR)

Brandt P. Groh, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Denise Burkholder
Manager of Human Resources
531-4371, Academic Support Building

Students may also contact the Affirmative Action Office at University Park at 814-863-0471.

The resource person does not pressure students into decisions about handling the encounters - they provide support and empower students with information about choices for handling the situation and provide protection against retaliation. An appropriate warning, sometimes in the form of a letter, often terminates the problem without the need to file formal charges with the Affirmative Action Office. The resource person provides assistance if the student decides to file a formal charge with the Affirmative Action Office.

Drs. Frauenhoffer and Groh also serve as ombudspersons for medical and graduate students. In this capacity, they investigate complaints brought forward by students and work to achieve an equitable solution. The purpose of an ombudsman is to enhance communication and clarify misunderstandings in any situation which involves potential disputes, to provide information about possible courses of action and to help resolve issues so that they do not grow into more serious conflicts.

The ombudsperson shall thoroughly investigate each incident brought to his/her attention taking into account all sides of the issue, counsel the involved parties or make referral for such counseling, provide periodic reports of such incidents and their outcomes/resolution to the appropriate associate dean and seek appropriate advice from senior academic or administrative faculty when necessary to assist in resolving issues of concern."

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities and provides protections from retaliation. All public and private schools receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. The United States Department of Education (ED), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for enforcing Title IX.

Visit the Office for Diversity website for more information.

For Current Students

Title IX training materials can be found on the Infonet at the Office for Diversity website.

Questions and Contacts

Members of the University community who believe that Title IX has been violated should discuss their concerns and/or file a complaint with the University's Title IX Coordinator.

Dr. Kenneth Lehrman III, Vice Provost for Affirmative Action
328 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-0471; Email:

The University's Title IX Deputy Coordinators are:

Kim Lantz Yoder, Equity Officer, Office for Diversity,
Penn State College of Medicine, C1747N, 500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033-0850
Phone: 717-531-0003 ext. 283353; Email:

Danny Shaha, Director, Office of Student Conduct
120 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-0342; Email:

Charmelle Green, Associate Athletic Director, Intercollegiate Athletics,
102 Jordan Center, University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-1104; Email:

Sexual Harassment and Assault Reporting and Education (SHARE)

More information on Title IX and direct links for reporting and can be found on the SHARE website which is intended to provide assistance in obtaining information and identifying resources for anyone who becomes aware of these incidents.

Penn State University Affirmative Action Office (AAO) Links