Counseling and Support

On-Campus Support

Title IX Coordinator

Elizabeth C. Leo
Office Location: 2nd Floor, Weckesser Hall
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
(570) 408-7788
elizabeth.leo@wilkes.edu

Students, faculty and staff who believe they are victims of, or witnesses to harassment should report the incident to the Office of Student Affairs or Human Resources. The University has designated a Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator to assist individuals wishing to make a claim of sexual harassment.

Student Support

Philip J. Ruthkosky, PhD
Interim Dean of Students
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Office Location: 2nd Floor, Passan Hall
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
(570) 408-4108
philip.ruthkosky@wilkes.edu

Faculty/Staff Support

LynnMarie Shedlock
Human Resources Manager - Employee Relations & Development
84 W. South Street
(570) 408-2034
lynnmarie.shedlock@wilkes.edu

Counseling Center

The Counseling center provides confidential counseling as part of Health and Wellness Services.

More About the Counseling Center

Maria C. Richards, PsyD
Psychologist
Health and Wellness Services
(570) 408-6210
maria.richards@wilkes.edu
Melissa A. Gaudio, MA, NCC, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Health and Wellness Services
(570) 408-4358
melissa.gaudio@wilkes.edu

Off-Campus Support

Students, Faculty and Staff can also choose off-campus support. Below are resources that can be used.

  • Victims Resource Center
    71 North Franklin Street
    Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
    (570) 823-0765
  • Office of Civil Rights (OCR) - The mission of the Office for Civil Rights is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.

Additional Resources

Public Safety Office
University Center on Main, Garage
(570) 408-4999
Dr. Mark Allen
Dean of Student Affairs
2nd Floor Passan Hall
(570) 408-4103
mark.allen@wilkes.edu

Federal Law

Four federal laws require employees of colleges and universities to report certain types of crimes and incidents, especially sexual misconduct – the Clery Act, Title VII, the Violence Against Women Act, and Title IX. These federal laws have different purposes, but are generally intended to protect against criminal and discriminatory behavior, in particular, for students on college or university campuses.