Report a Complaint

Any student, employee, or third party who believes he or she has been subject to any form of sexual misconduct, or any student, employee, or third party who believes that they have witnessed an incident of sexual misconduct, should report the incident to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Executive Director of Human Resources, the Title IX Coordinator or a designee (the “Administrator”), or can fill out a report online. When possible, the report should be made in writing or completed online. Any College employee who receives a complaint of sexual misconduct shall immediately forward such complaint to the Administrator. Complaints should be submitted no later than sixty days following the date of the alleged incident of misconduct. The Administrator may waive this deadline in appropriate circumstances.

The initiation of a complaint of sexual misconduct will not result in retaliation, bias, or intimidation against the complainant or any witnesses involved in any investigation. An individual found to have engaged in retaliation, bias, or intimidation prohibited by this policy, shall be subject to discipline.

The Administrator shall investigate any information brought to the attention of the College indicating an occurrence of sexual misconduct. Upon the completion of the investigation, the Administrator shall determine whether the charges are substantiated, and the appropriate disciplinary and corrective action up to and including the suspension or expulsion of the offending party. The Administrator should notify the reported harasser of their decision and any disciplinary and corrective action in writing.

If either the complainant or reported harasser disagrees with the decision of the Administrator, they may appeal the decision to the President or designee by submitting a written request to the Administrator within 14 days of receiving the Administrator’s decision. The President will review the Administrator’s decision, reports, and other pertinent information and will issue their decision within 14 days of the appeal. The decision of the President shall be final.

The College has procedures in place that serve to be sensitive to those who report sexual misconduct, including informing individuals about their right to file criminal charges as well as the availability of medical, counseling and support services, and additional remedies to prevent contact between a complainant and an accused party, such as academic, transportation and working accommodations, if reasonably available. Students and employees should contact the Office of Student Affairs at 847.635.1739 or the Department of Human Resources at 847.635.1675 to discuss these resources and accommodations.

If a report of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking is reported to the College, the below are the procedures that the College will follow as well as a statement of the standard of evidence that will be used during any on campus student conduct proceedings arising from such a report:

Sexual Harrassment

Evidentiary Standard
Sexual harassment cases are referred to the Title IX Coordinator, the Office of Student Affairs, and/or the Department of Human Resources for prompt investigation. Cases are adjudicated through using the preponderance of the evidence standard.

College Procedures

  1. College assesses immediate safety needs of complainant.
  2. College assists complainant with contacting Public Safety/local police if complainant requests AND complainant provided with contact information for local police department.
  3. College provides written instructions on how to apply for Protective Order.
  4. College provides written information to complainant on how to preserve evidence.
  5. College assesses need to implement interim or long-term protective measures to protect the complainant, if appropriate.
  6. College provides a “No trespass” (PNG) directive to accused party if deemed appropriate.
  7. College provides a copy of the Sexual Misconduct Policy to complainant and informs the complainant regarding timeframes for inquiry, investigation and resolution.
  8. College informs the complainant of the outcome of the investigation, whether or not the accused will be administratively charged and what the outcome of the hearing is.
  9. College enforces the anti-retaliation policy and takes immediate and separate action against parties that retaliate against a person for complaining of sex-based discrimination or for assisting in the investigation.

Sexual Assault

Evidentiary Standard
Sexual assault cases are referred to the Title IX Coordinator and are adjudicated through the Student Code of Conduct using the preponderance of the evidence standard.

College Procedures

  1. Depending on when reported (immediate vs. delayed report), the College provides complainant with access to medical care.
  2. College assesses immediate safety needs of complainant.
  3. College assists complainant with contacting local police if complainant requests AND complainant provided with contact information for local police department.
  4. College provides complainant with referrals to on and off campus mental health providers.
  5. College assesses needs to implement interim or long-term protective measures, such as change in class schedule, and/or “No Contact” directive between both parties.
  6. College provides a “No trespass” (PNG) directive to accused party if deemed appropriate.
  7. College provides written instructions on how to apply for Protective Order.
  8. College provides a copy of the Sexual Misconduct Policy to complainant and informs the complainant regarding timeframes for inquiry, investigation and resolution.
  9. College informs the complainant of the outcome of the investigation, whether or not the accused will be administratively charged and what the outcome of the hearing is.
  10. College enforces the anti-retaliation policy and take immediate and separate action against parties that retaliate against a person for complaining of sex-based discrimination or for assisting in the investigation

Stalking

Evidentiary Standard
Stalking cases are referred to the Coordinator for Access, Equity, and Student Rights, and adjudicated using the preponderance of the evidence standard.

If the stalking is sexually based, it may fall under the Sexual Misconduct Policy and if so, would be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and adjudicated under the Student Code of Conduct using the preponderance of the evidence standard.

College Procedures

  1. College assesses immediate safety needs of complainant.
  2. College assists complainant with contacting local police if complainant requests AND complainant provided with contact information for local police department.
  3. College provides written instructions on how to apply for Protective Order.
  4. College provides written information to complainant on how to preserve evidence.
  5. College assesses need to implement interim or long-term protective measures to protect the complainant, if appropriate.
  6. College provides a “No trespass” (PNG) directive to accused party if deemed appropriate.

Dating Violence

Evidentiary Standard
Dating violence cases are referred to the Title IX Coordinator for Access, Equity, and Student Rights, and adjudicated using the preponderance of the evidence standard.

If the dating violence is sexually based, it may fall under the Sexual Misconduct Policy and if so, would be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and adjudicated under the Student Code of Conduct using the preponderance of the evidence standard.

College Procedures

  1. College assesses immediate safety needs of complainant.
  2. College assists complainant with contacting local police if complainant requests AND complainant provided with contact information for local police department.
  3. College provides written instructions on how to apply for Protective Order.
  4. College provides written information to complainant on how to preserve evidence.
  5. College assesses needs to implement interim or long-term protective measures to protect the complainant, if appropriate.
  6. College provides a “No trespass” (PNG) directive to accused party if deemed appropriate.

Domestic Violence

Evidentiary Standard
Domestic violence cases are referred to the Coordinator for Access, Equity, and Student Rights, and adjudicated using the preponderance of the evidence standard.

If the domestic violence is sexually based, it may fall under the Sexual Misconduct Policy and if so, would be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and adjudicated under the Student Code of Conduct using the preponderance of the evidence standard.

College Procedures

  1. College assesses immediate safety needs of complainant.
  2. College assists complainant with contacting local police if complainant requests AND complainant provided with contact information for local police department.
  3. College provides written instructions on how to apply for Protective Order.
  4. College provides written information to complainant on how to preserve evidence.
  5. College assesses needs to implement interim or long-term protective measures to protect the complainant, if appropriate.
  6. College provides a “No trespass” (PNG) directive to accused party if deemed appropriate