Throughout the Eberly College of Science, familiar contacts or guides, that an individual can seek and talk to have been designated. This system has proven to be very successful in providing help in addressing sensitive departmental issues.
The function of the guide program is to provide a safe and informal environment for individuals to discuss problems and issues outside of formal channels. Any issue may be brought to the attention of the guides. The guides can help develop strategies, clarify interests and goals, and identify other resources at the university that may be available to assist in certain situations. It is also important to note that speaking to the guides does not constitute notice to the university.
The guides do not have the power to change rules or polices; and will disclose only information that they are required to as mandated reporters (crimes, harassment). They are there to help identify options and strategies available to the individual.
The Department of Biology has appointed two guides who would be happy to chat with you: Charlie Anderson and Leanna Topper. If you feel that the perspective of an guide from outside the department would be useful, you may consult any of the guides in The Eberly College of Science. Faculty should note that there is also a University Faculty Ombudsperson should they wish to consult someone outside of The College.