Counseling and Support

On-Campus Support

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, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Student Development
Interim Title IX Coordinator
Office Location: 2nd Floor, Passan Hall
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
Phone: (570) 408-4108
Email: philip.ruthkosky@wilkes.edu

Faculty/Staff Support

Mrs. Kristin Pitarra
Human Resources Director
Human Resources Office
10 East South Street, Suite A
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
Phone: (570) 408-2034
Email: kristin.pitarra@wilkes.edu

Interim Title IX Coordinator

Philip J. Ruthkosky, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Student Development
Interim Title IX Coordinator
Office Location: 2nd Floor, Passan Hall
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
Phone: (570) 408-4108
Email: philip.ruthkosky@wilkes.edu

Wilkes University's Counseling Center

Confidential Counseling Health and Wellness Services

Maria C. Richards, Psy.D.

Psychologist
Health and Wellness Services
(570) 408-6210

Melissa A. Gaudio, M.A., NCC, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
Health and Wellness Services
(570) 408-4358

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. Paul Adams - Vice President Student Affairs
170 S. Franklin St. - Weckesser Hall, First Floor
Phone: (570) 408-4114
email: Paul.adams@wilkes.edu

Dr. Mark Allen - Dean of Students
2nd Floor Passan Hall
Phone: (570) 408-4103
email: 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.