Wilkes University

Counseling and Support

Wilkes University Student in computer lab

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 serve as advocates on behalf of individuals wishing to make a claim of sexual harassment.

Student Support:
Philip J. Ruthkosky, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Student Development
Deputy 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

Title IX Coordinator:
Samantha Hart
10 East South Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
Phone: (570) 408-3842
Email: samantha.hart@wilkes.edu

Students, Faculty and Staff can also contact:

Wilkes University's Counseling Center
Confidential Counseling Health and Wellness Services

Licensed Professional Counselors:

Melissa A. Gaudio, M.A., NCC, LPC
Phone: (570) 408-4358
Email: melissa.gaudio@wilkes.edu

Theresa E. DaKay, MS, NCC, LPC
Phone: (570) 408-4355
Email: theresa.dakay@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
  • NotAlone.gov - Information for students, schools, and anyone interested in finding resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses and in our schools. Click explore to find a crisis service, learn more about your rights and how to file a complaint, and view a map of resolved school-level enforcement activities.
  • 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.