Access to IIRP Facilities
Access to the IIRP facilities is restricted to students, employees, guests of the IIRP and of its members, and those attending designated public events.
AIDS and HIV
The IIRP recognizes the epidemic of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection at the global, national, and local levels. It is prudent, therefore, for the institute to adopt policies and practices that presume the possibility of HIV presence.
Specific safeguards are felt to be important for seropositive individuals. These safeguards, listed below, are built primarily around issues of confidentiality and non-discrimination.
- No student shall be denied enrollment and no individual shall be denied employment on the basis of HIV infection.
- Testing for seropositivity shall not be a requirement of admission or employment.
- Individuals who are seropositive, whether or not symptomatic, shall not be denied free and unrestricted access to all IIRP facilities, programs, and events.
- HIV infection shall not be used as a reason to restrict participation in any IIRP educational, recreational, or social activity.
- Any employee having questions regarding HIV infection and its relationship to employment or the workplace may address those questions to the Associate Dean of Administration. All such questions or concerns shall be kept strictly confidential.
- No individual shall be denied access to IIRP facilities nor otherwise isolated, restricted, or segregated on the basis of seropositivity.
- In accordance with the principle of confidentiality and current medical information, the IIRP has no obligation to inform co-workers, instructors, roommates, or others of anyone’s HIV status.
- Individuals with AIDS shall be accorded the legal status of having a handicapping condition.
- Media, or other persons outside the IIRP community seeking information regarding the status of HIV infection on campus or the institution’s response to such infection shall be directed to the President of the IIRP Graduate School or his or her designee.
- All students and employees of the IIRP shall utilize Universal Precautions when dealing with medical events.
The IIRP recognizes that, as information about AIDS is updated, periodic changes to its position and practices may be necessary.
Students and employees requiring information or assistance with regard to HIV/AIDS can contact these local agencies:
HOPE at St. Luke’s
502 East Fourth Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
100 North Third Street
2nd Floor Easton, PA 18042
FACT (Fighting AIDS Continuously Together)
245 North 12th Street
Allentown, PA 18105
Sexually Transmitted Disease and Tuberculosis Clinic at Bethlehem Health Bureau
10 East Church Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Drug-Free Schools and Communities and Drug-Free Workplace
In support of the national strategy to combat illegal drug and alcohol abuse, Congress has enacted the Drug-Free Workplace and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments, which require that “…as a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any federal program, an institution of higher education or state/ local educational agency must certify that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful manufacture, possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees.”
Standards of Conduct
The unlawful manufacture, possession, use, misuse, abuse, or distribution of drugs and alcohol on institutional property or off campus while conducting any officially sanctioned institutional activity by any student or employee of the institution is strictly prohibited. If found in violation of these standards, students and employees will be subject to disciplinary action and may incur penalties prescribed by civil authorities.
Faculty and staff, as a condition of employment, must abide by the terms of this policy and report any convictions under criminal drug statutes for violations occurring on or off the premises while conducting business for the institution within five days of the conviction.
For students, sanctions imposed by the institution for violations of the above conditions may range from probation up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution. Sanctions for violation of any of the aforementioned standards imposed on employees may vary from mandatory participation in rehabilitation programs to termination of employment and referral for prosecution.
Counseling and Treatment
Students who abuse controlled substances or alcohol are encouraged to seek assistance and referral through Student Services. Employees who abuse controlled substances or alcohol are encouraged are to seek assistance through the office of the Associate Dean of Administration.
Many options are available in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas for employees and students in need of substance-abuse counseling. Some of these centers are noted below:
Intake and Referral
Northampton County Drug and Alcohol Intake Unit (610-997-5800)
Caron Foundation, serves adolescents and adults (800-854-6023)
Livengrin Center (215-638-5200 or 800-245-4746)
Penn Foundation, adults only (215-257-9999 or 800-245-7366)
White Deer Run Lehigh (484-895-1486)
This is only a partial listing of the services and programs available in the greater Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. The appearance of a program or service on this list is not to be construed as the Institute’s endorsement of the identified agency.
Students or employees who do not reside in the Lehigh Valley can receive information and be referred to local agencies by calling SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) (800-662-4357).
The IIRP has a system in place that notifies students and staff via a mass phone message in case of a significant campus emergency or dangerous situation. Notifications will be given unless doing so would jeopardize a law enforcement investigation or compromise the safety of the community.
The Office of the Associate Dean of Administration is responsible for this system, which is tested annually.
Emergency Phone Numbers
|Police, Fire, Medical Emergency
|St. Luke’s Hospital and Emergency Room
Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley (Rape Crisis Center and other services for victims of crime)
|Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA), Bucks County (for victims of sexual assault and other crimes)
|988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
|988 (talk or text)
- When walking, stay in well-lit areas in the middle of the sidewalk.
- Avoid quiet side streets, alleys, entryways, parked cars, and bushes after dark.
- Walk with somebody or stay near other people whenever possible.
- Pay careful attention to your personal belongings.
- Students leaving the IIRP after dark are especially encouraged to walk in groups to cars. Students using the building during the evening hours should use the parking lot immediately adjacent to the building.
Security in the Buildings
In an emergency, call the police using 911 or press the “panic button” on the alarm system. All incidents that happen in the IIRP buildings should be reported to the IIRP staff on duty or as soon as possible. Emergency exit routes are posted throughout the buildings.
Sex Offender Registry and Access to Related Information
The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act went into effect on October 28, 2002.
The law requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where state law enforcement agency information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires the sex offenders, already registered in a state, provide notice to each institution of higher education in that state, as to where the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student.
Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law, 42 Pa.C.S. 9799.1, requires the State Police to create and maintain a registry of persons who have either been convicted of, entered a plea of guilty to, or been adjudicated delinquent of certain sex offenses. Additionally, the Pennsylvania State Police are required to make certain information on registered sex offenders available to the public through an Internet website.
Information regarding registered sex offenders on the campus of the IIRP may be obtained from the State Police.
Smoking is prohibited inside all IIRP buildings.
Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act
The Associate Dean of Administration is the official assigned responsibility for receiving and resolving complaints relative to Act 73 and the Federal Student Right-to-Know and the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. A complainant also may file a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth and shall be given the address of this office upon request to the Associate Dean of Administration.
The IIRP annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that have occurred on campus; in certain off campus buildings or property owned and controlled by IIRP; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. IIRP policies concerning the reporting of criminal offenses, use of drugs, alcohol, weapons, and access to facilities are published in the Student Handbook and Catalog and the Organizational Manual (for employees).
This report is distributed to all current students and employees through appropriate publications and the IIRP website. Applicants for admission or employment may request copies of the report from the office of the Associate Dean of Administration. Employees and students will be notified in a timely manner regarding crimes occurring at IIRP locations via email and on the IIRP website. Reportable crimes will be maintained in the Daily Crime Log and available for viewing within two business days of the incident. Forms for the reporting of crime can be found on our Safety and Security webpage.
The IIRP will comply with all relevant requirements of the Student Right to Know Act. Enrolled or prospective students may obtain information on graduation rates through the office of the Associate Dean of Administration, appropriate publications and the IIRP website.