What do I do if I'm concerned about someone? Whom do I tell?
If you are concerned that someone is acting in a manner that indicates they might need some type of assistance, and you are uncomfortable or not sure on how you should proceed, you should share your concerns with the Fayette Resource Team. The Fayette Resource Team can then look into your concern and make an appropriate referral if necessary.
Who can report a behavior of concern?
Anyone can report a behavior of concern, and our team encourages you to share any information you have. You may not feel like you have all of the information, but you can let our trained team gather all relevant information and help the person, if needed. The earlier you share your information with us, the more resources we have to assist the person you are concerned about.
I'm worried about someone I know, but I don't think it's serious enough to say anything about. What should I do?
It may not seem serious to you, but you may only know part of the story. Your concern may turn out to be nothing serious but, then again, the person may need assistance. Let our team decide if the person you know needs assistance. If you share your concern with us, you will not get the person in trouble, but your information may allow someone the opportunity to help the person.
What if I am wrong about someone?
The team will review all concerns that are shared. If your concern turns out to be nothing, nothing will happen to the person, and nothing will happen to you. If you intentionally create a false report, you may be subject to University sanctions.
Will the person know that I shared information about him/her?
We try to keep your identity private, but we cannot guarantee that your identity will remain confidential.
What if something happens off campus that I am concerned about?
If you are aware of concerning behavior happening off campus that could affect the safety of the Penn State community, please share your concern with the Fayette Resource Team.
What do you do with the information that is provided?
The Fayette Resource Team will look into every report. The team will discuss the information and make a determination on how best to proceed and how to assist that individual.
How do I know you are addressing the situation?
If you provided your contact information and have requested to be contacted, someone from the team will contact you to let you know that we received your concern and that it will be reviewed by the team.
Will I receive an update or feedback about the situation I report?
Due to confidentiality, you might not be contacted and advised of the outcome of the report. Note that all information received will be reviewed by a team member.