Lake Land College is committed to maintaining a working and learning environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Faculty, staff and students have a right to work and learn in an atmosphere that promotes equal opportunity and prohibits discriminatory practices such as harassment. Employees and students are encouraged to report all incidents of harassment. (See Board Policy 11.04 – Anti-Harassment.)
Sexual misconduct is considered to be a form of harassment. All reports of sexual harassment are investigated and acted upon in accordance with Lake Land College Board Policies 11.04.01 – Prohibition of Sexual Discrimination, Harassment and Misconduct, and 07.28.01 – Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures. This guide provides the procedures set forth to implement Board Policy 11.04.01 in informing the campus community regarding definitions of prohibited conduct; responsibilities and contact information for the College’s Title IX Coordinator; options for assistance following an incident of sexual discrimination, harassment and/or misconduct; procedures for reporting and confidentially disclosing sexual discrimination, harassment and/or misconduct; complaint investigation and appeal procedures; prevention and education programming provided for college students and employees; and training and education provided for college employees responding to, investigating or adjudicating sexual discrimination, harassment and misconduct.
You may call the Sexual Assault and Counseling Information Services Crisis Hotline at 800-345-2846 for assistance. You may also dial 911 to contact the local police department. If you choose to report the sexual assault, you should go to the hospital emergency room before washing yourself or your clothing. You do not need to go through the situation alone – a friend, relative or crisis center representative can accompany and support you.
The following procedures support Lake Land College Board Policy 11.04.01 – Prohibition of Sexual Discrimination, Harassment and Misconduct and meet legal requirements in accordance with: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in the College’s programs or activities; relevant sections of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in employment; relevant sections of the Illinois Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex or sexual orientation, including gender-related identity; the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which requires timely warning to the community of certain immediate threats; and the Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act.
The College has an affirmative duty to take immediate and appropriate action once it knows of any act of sexual discrimination, harassment and/or misconduct in any of its educational or employment programs or activities. The College will promptly and thoroughly investigate any complaints of sexual discrimination, harassment and/or misconduct in accordance with the procedures set forth below.
Students: The procedures introduced on this page govern sexual discrimination, harassment and/or misconduct involving students, such as:
Non-Students: Some sections of these procedures may also benefit non-students. An employee or third party should notify the Director of Human Resources if he or she believes that the College, its employees or agents have engaged in sexual discrimination, harassment or misconduct of an employee or third party in violation of Board Policy. The Director of Human Resources may attempt to resolve complaints informally. However, if a formal complaint is filed, the Director will address the complaint promptly and equitably in accordance with the procedures outline in Board Policy 11.04 – Anti-Harassment.
Awareness Programming: institutional action designed to communicate the prevalence of sexual violence, including without limitation training, poster and flyer campaigns, electronic communications, films, guest speakers, symposia, conferences, seminars, or panel discussions.
Bystander Intervention: the act of challenging the social norms that support, condone, or permit sexual discrimination, harassment and/or misconduct. A bystander is anyone who observes an emergency or a situation that looks like someone could use some help. They must then decide if they are comfortable stepping in and offering assistance.
Confidential Advisor: a person who is employed or contracted by the College to provide emergency and ongoing support to student survivors of sexual violence. Confidential advisors receive 40 hours of training on sexual violence before being designated as confidential advisors, and thereafter receive a minimum of six hours of annual training on issues related to sexual violence. Confidential advisors also receive periodic training on the College administrative process, interim protective measures and accommodations, and complaint resolution procedures. Confidential advisors may include persons employed by a community-based sexual assault crisis center with whom the College partners. Individuals designated as “Responsible Employees” are not confidential advisors.
Consent: Consent is knowing, voluntary and clear permission by word or action, to engage in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. Consent may not be inferred from silence, passivity, or a lack of verbal or physical resistance. A person’s manner of dress does not constitute consent. Past consent to sexual activities, or a current or previous dating relationship, does not imply ongoing or future consent. Consent to some sexual contact (such as kissing or fondling) cannot be presumed to be consent for other sexual activity (such as intercourse). Consent to engage in sexual activity with one person does not constitute consent to engage in sexual activity with another person. Consent may be withdrawn at any time. A person cannot consent to sexual activity if that person is unable to understand the nature of the activity or give knowing consent due to circumstances, including without limitation the following: 1) the person is incapacitated due to the use or influence of alcohol or drugs; 2) the person is asleep or unconscious; 3) the person is under age; or 4) the person is incapacitated due to a mental disability. The existence of consent is based on the totality of the circumstances, including the context in which the alleged incident occurred. Coercion, force, or the threat of either invalidates consent.
Dating Violence: The term dating violence means violence committed by a person: 1) who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and 2) where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
Domestic Violence: Includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the State of Illinois, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the State of Illinois.
Hate Crime: an act or an attempted act that violates a criminal statute by any person that in any way constitutes an expression of hostility toward the victim because of his or her sex, race, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender-related identity, color, marital status, military status or unfavorable military discharge.
Hostile Environment Caused by Sexual Harassment: a sexually harassing hostile environment is created when conduct by an individual is so severe, pervasive or persistent that it denies or limits an individual’s ability to participate in or receive the benefits, services or opportunities of the College’s educational programs or activities or the individual’s employment access, benefits or opportunities. In determining whether a hostile environment has been created, the conduct in question will be considered from both a subjective and an objective perspective of a reasonable person in the alleged victim’s position, considering all the circumstances.
Incapacitation: When a person is incapable of giving consent due to the person’s age, use of drugs or alcohol, or because an intellectual or other disability which prevents the person from having the capacity to give consent.
Intimidation: To make timid or fearful, to compel or deter by or as if by threats. Intimidation is a form of retaliation prohibited by the College’s Sexual Discrimination, Harassment and Misconduct Policy and Procedures.
Preponderance of the Evidence: When considering all the evidence in the case, the decision maker is persuaded that the allegations are more probably true than not true.
Primary Prevention Programming: Institutional action and strategies intended to prevent sexual violence before it occurs by means of changing social norms and other approaches, including without limitation training, poster and flyer campaigns, electronic communications, films, guest speakers, symposia, conferences, seminars, or panel discussions.
Retaliation: Any form of retaliation, including intimidation, threats, harassment and other adverse action taken or threatened against any complainant or person reporting or filing a complaint alleging sexual discrimination, harassment or misconduct or any person cooperating in the investigation of such allegations (including testifying, assisting or participating in any manner in an investigation) is strictly prohibited. Action is generally deemed adverse if it would deter a reasonable person in the same circumstances from opposing practices prohibited by the College’s Sexual Discrimination, Harassment and Misconduct Policy and Procedures. Retaliation may result in disciplinary or other action independent of the sanctions or interim measures imposed in response to the allegations of sexual discrimination, harassment or misconduct.
Sexual Assault: Any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs by force or coercion or without consent of the recipient of the unwanted sexual activity. It includes sexual acts against a person who is unable to consent either due to age or lack of capacity or impairment. Examples include forced sexual intercourse, sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, attempted rape, statutory rape and rape. Sexual assault can occur between members of the same or opposite sex. Sexual assault includes any forced act against one’s will where sex is the weapon.
Sex Discrimination: Discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation or gender-related identity. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and sexual violence.
Sexual Exploitation: Occurs when a person takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for anyone’s advantage or benefit other than the person being exploited, and that behavior does not meet the definition of sexual assault. Sexual exploitation includes prostituting another person, non-consensual visual or audio recording of sexual activity, non-consensual distribution of photos or other images of an individual’s sexual activity or intimate body parts with an intent to embarrass such individual, non-consensual voyeurism, knowingly transmitting HIV or a sexually transmitted disease to another, or exposing one’s genitals to another in non-consensual circumstances.
Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual acts or favors, and other verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
Examples of conduct of a sexual nature include:
Sexual Misconduct: Includes sexual assault, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking.
Sexual Violence: Physical sexual acts attempted or perpetuated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent (e.g. due to the person’s age, use of drugs or alcohol, or because an intellectual or other disability prevents the person from having the capacity to give consent). Sexual violence includes, but is not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse and sexual coercion. All such acts of sexual violence are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
Survivor: an individual who has experienced sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking while enrolled, employed, or attending an event at a higher education institution.
Survivor-Centered: a systematic focus on the needs and concerns of a survivor of sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking that: 1) ensures the compassionate and sensitive delivery of services in a nonjudgmental manner; 2) ensures an understanding of how trauma affects survivor behavior; 3) maintains survivor safety, privacy, and, if possible, confidentiality; and 4) recognizes that a survivor is not responsible for the sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking.
Stalking: Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to: 1) fear for his or her safety or the safety or others; or 2) suffer substantial emotional distress.
Threat: Any oral or written expression or gesture that could be interpreted by a reasonable person as conveying an intent to cause harm to persons or property.
Trauma-Informed Response: a response involving an understanding of the complexities of sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking through training centered on the neurobiological impact of trauma, the influence of societal myths and stereotypes surrounding sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, and understanding the behavior of perpetrators.
Emergency Response: Anyone who experiences or observes an emergency situation should immediately call 911.
Medical Treatment and Other Health Care Options: Victims may seek treatment for injuries, preventative treatment for sexually transmitted disease, and other health care options at their local hospital*. Seeking medical treatment also serves to preserve physical evidence of sexual violence. The hospital nearest to the Lake Land College campus is Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, 1000 Health Center Drive, Mattoon, Illinois. Telephone: 217-258-2525
*Hospital emergency rooms provide medical forensic services (rape kits) and/or Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners at no cost pursuant to the Illinois Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act (410 ILCS 70).
Sexual Assault Counseling and Information Services (SACIS)
Provides crisis and on-going services to victims of sexual violence. Anyone assaulted who would like an advocate present with them at the hospital, may call the Sexual Assault Counseling and Information Services (SACIS) toll-free hotline. Counseling services are also available to the victims’ significant other. Services include individual and group counseling, medical and criminal justice advocacy, information and referral, institutional advocacy, public education and professional training. All services are free and confidential!
1505 18th Street, Suite 2, Charleston, Illinois 61920
24-hour hotline: 1-888-345-2846
Office Phone Number: 217-348-5033
Facebook: Sexual Assault Counseling and Information Service
Sexual Assault Counseling and Information Services (SACIS)
Provides crisis and on-going services to victims of sexual violence.
HOPE of East Central Illinois – Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The mission of HOPE is to empower persons to live independent, non-violent lives through the provisions of Housing, Outreach, Prevention, and Education. HOPE maintains a 24-hour, 7 day a week, 365 day a year toll-free crisis hotline providing support, intervention, information, and referrals.
24-hour hotline: 1-888-345-3990.
National Sexual Assault Hotline
Live help for sexual assault victims and their friends and families. Free. Confidential. Secure. Available online or by telephone.
24-hour hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. Callers to the Hotline can expect highly trained experienced advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information and referral services in over 170 languages. Visitors to the website can find information about domestic violence, safety planning, local resources and ways to support the organization.
24-hour hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Luther Student Center
Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA)
Including SACIS, ICASA coordinates 29 community-based sexual assault crisis centers, providing 24/7 intervention and support. For additional centers throughout Illinois, visit ICASA at www.icasa.org.
HOPE of East Central Illinois – Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The mission of HOPE is to empower persons to live independent, non-violent lives through the provisions of Housing, Outreach, Prevention, and Education. HOPE maintains a 24-hour, 7 day a week, 365 day a year toll-free crisis hotline providing support, intervention, information, and referrals.
701 6th Street, Charleston, IL 61920
24-hour hotline: 1-888-345-3990
Office Phone: 217-348-5931
In addition to the Community Counseling, Advocacy and Support Resources previously listed, employees may contact:
Employee Assistance Program – Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center
SBL Medical Office Pavilion, 500 Health Center Drive, Mattoon, IL 61938
Monday, Wednesday & Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday – 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
217- 258-4040 or 217-348-4040; After hours, weekends and holidays (800) 500-HELP
The College encourages student victims of sexual discrimination, harassment and/or misconduct, including sexual violence, to talk to somebody about what happened so that victims can get the support they need and so that the College can respond appropriately. Different employees on campus have different abilities to maintain a student victim’s confidentiality:
The various reporting and confidential disclosure options available are set forth in further detail below. Regardless of to whom a report is made, the College is obligated to provide the student victim with concise information, written in plain language, concerning the student victim’s rights and options pursuant to this procedure.
Immunity for Good Faith Reporting: Students who in good faith report an alleged violation of the College’s prohibition of sexual discrimination, harassment and misconduct will be granted immunity and will not receive a disciplinary sanction for a student conduct violation (for example, underage drinking) revealed in the course of reporting. Immunity will not be provided for student conduct violations which the College determines are egregious, including without limitation misconduct which places the health or safety of another person at risk.
Confidential Advisors: Academic Counselors and the College Nurse
A student victim can seek assistance and support from an academic counselor or the college nurse without triggering a College investigation that could reveal the student victim’s identity or that the student victim has disclosed the incident.
While maintaining a student victim’s confidentiality, these individuals, or their office, should report the nature, date, time, and general location of an incident to the Title IX Coordinator. This limited report – which includes no information that would directly or indirectly identify the student victim – helps keep the Title IX Coordinator informed of the general extent and nature of sexual discrimination, harassment and misconduct on and off campus so the Title IX Coordinator can track patterns, evaluate the scope of the problem, and formulate appropriate campus-wide responses.
A student victim who speaks to an academic counselor or the college nurse must understand that, if the student victim wants to maintain confidentiality, the College’s ability to conduct an investigation into the particular incident or pursue disciplinary action against the alleged perpetrator(s) may be diminished.
Even so, the academic counselors and college nurse will still assist the student victim in receiving other necessary protection and support, such as student victim advocacy, academic support or accommodations, disability, health or mental health services, and changes to living, working or course schedules. A student victim who at first requests confidentiality may later decide to file a complaint with the College or report the incident to law enforcement, and thus will have the incident fully investigated. These counselors and advocates will provide the student victim with assistance if the student victim wishes to do so.
Other individuals who work or volunteer in the Counseling office, including front desk staff and students, may assist students with locating assistance without revealing any personally identifying information about an incident to the College.
Note: While the academic counselors and college nurse may maintain a student victim’s confidentiality vis-à-vis the College, they may have reporting or other obligations under state law. Any College employee who suspects or receives knowledge that a minor student may be an abused or neglected child or, for a student aged 18 through 21, an abused or neglected individual with a disability, is required to: 1) immediately report or cause a report to be made to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) on its Child Abuse Hotline; and 2) follow directions given by DCFS concerning filing a written report within 48 hours with the nearest DCFS field office.
Also note: If the College determines that the alleged perpetrator(s) pose a serious and immediate threat to the College community, College Police may be called upon to issue a timely warning to the community. Any such warning will not include any information that identifies the victim.
Responsible Employees: College Administrators, Title IX Coordinator, Supervisors and Managerial Staff, Faculty, Campus Police, Coaches and Advisors of student clubs and organizations
A College employee who has the authority to redress sexual discrimination, harassment or misconduct, who has the duty to report incidents of such or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty is a Responsible Employee. When a student victim tells a Responsible Employee about an incident of sexual discrimination, harassment or misconduct, the student victim has the right to expect the College to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and to resolve the matter promptly and equitably.
A Responsible Employee must report to the Title IX Coordinator all relevant details about the alleged sexual violence shared by the student victim and that the College will need to determine what happened – including the names of the student victim and alleged perpetrator(s), any witnesses, and any other relevant facts, including the date, time and specific location of the alleged incident.
To the extent possible, information reported to a Responsible Employee will be shared only with people responsible for handling the College’s response to the report.
Before a student victim reveals any information to a Responsible Employee, the employee should ensure that the student victim understands the employee’s reporting obligations – and, if the student victim wants to maintain confidentiality, direct the student victim to the Confidential Advisors listed previously.
If the student victim wants to tell the Responsible Employee what happened but also maintain confidentiality, the employee should tell the student victim that the College will consider the request, but cannot guarantee that the College will be able to honor it. In reporting the details of the incident to the Title IX Coordinator, the Responsible Employee will also inform the Title IX Coordinator of the student victim’s request for confidentiality.
Although the College encourages victims to talk to someone, the College provides for an online system for electronic reporting. The electronic reporting system should not be used in emergency situations. In an emergency situation, victims should call 911 and/or or the Sexual Assault Counseling and Information Services toll-free 24-hour hotline at 1-888-345-2846.
In completing an online report, the reporter may choose to provide his/her identity or may choose to report anonymously. The online report is a secure reporting format accessible only to the appropriate college officials. The reporter is not required to complete the entire form for the complaint to be submitted. The College will use the information provided to address the concern, which may serve as notice to the College to begin an investigation. An investigation generally includes contacting the reporter and/or complainant first and then contacting the respondent and any potential witnesses. If the report does not contain sufficient information regarding the complainant or respondent, the College’s investigation and response may be limited.
Upon submitting the online report, the reporter will receive an email acknowledgement with information regarding resources available to assist them immediately and notification of his/her rights and options as described in the Procedures Implementing the College’s Prohibition of Sexual Discrimination, Harassment and Misconduct (Board Policy 11.04.01). When a reporter chooses to provide his/her identity and contact information, a College staff member will contact the student for follow-up during the next business day.
Click here to submit an online Report of Sexual Discrimination, Harassment or Misconduct.
If a student victim discloses an incident to a Responsible Employee but wishes to maintain confidentiality or requests that no investigation into a particular incident be conducted or disciplinary action taken, the College must weigh that request against the College’s obligation to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all students and employees, including the student victim.
If the College honors the request for confidentiality, a student victim must understand that the College’s ability to meaningfully investigate the incident and pursue disciplinary action against the alleged perpetrator(s) may be diminished.
Although rare, there are times when the College may not be able to honor a student victim’s request in order to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all students and employees.
The College has designated the following individual(s) to evaluate requests for confidentiality:
When weighing a student victim’s request for confidentiality or that no investigation or discipline be pursued, a range of factors will be considered, including the following:
The presence of one or more of these factors could lead the College to investigate and, if appropriate, pursue disciplinary action. If none of these factors is present, the College will likely respect the student victim’s request for confidentiality.
If the College determines that it cannot maintain a student victim’s confidentiality, the College will inform the student victim at the earliest point possible and will, to the extent possible, only share information with people responsible for handling the College’s response.
If the College determines that it can respect a student victim’s request for confidentiality, the College will also take immediate action as necessary to protect and assist the student victim.
If a victim’s request for confidentiality limits the College’s ability to formally investigate a particular allegation, the College may take steps to limit the effects of the alleged sexual discrimination, harassment and/or misconduct and prevent its recurrence without initiating formal action against the alleged perpetrator or revealing the identity of the student complainant. Such action may include, but is not limited to:
In addition to the reporting requirements for Responsible Employees, all College employees who have information regarding sexual discrimination, harassment and/or misconduct of a student are encouraged to report it to the Title IX Coordinator or any Responsible Employee.
Public Awareness Events: Public awareness events such as “Take Back the Night,” the Clothesline Project, candlelight vigils, protests, “survivor speak outs” or other forums in which students disclose incidents are not considered notice to the College of sexual discrimination, harassment or misconduct for purposes of triggering its obligation to investigate any particular incident(s). Such events may, however, inform the need for campus-wide education and prevention efforts, and the College will provide information about students’ Title IX rights at these events.
The College will remain ever mindful of the victim’s well-being, and will take ongoing steps to protect the victim from retaliation or harm and work with the victim to create a safety plan. Retaliation against the victim, whether by students or College employees, will not be tolerated. The College will also:
The College may not require a victim to participate in any Title IX investigation or in a disciplinary proceeding against a student.
Because the College is under a continuing obligation to address the issue of sexual discrimination, harassment and misconduct campus-wide, reports of such incidents (including non-identifying reports) will also prompt the College to consider broader remedial action – such as increased monitoring, supervision, or security at locations where the reported incident occurred; increasing education and prevention efforts, including to targeted population groups; conducting climate assessments/victimization surveys; and/or revisiting its policies and practices.
Initiation of Investigation by Title IX Coordinator: Upon receipt of a Title IX complaint of sexual discrimination, harassment and/or misconduct, including sexual violence, the Title IX Coordinator will initiate a prompt, fair and thorough investigation. The investigation will be conducted by the Title IX Coordinator or his/her designee, and the College will conclude the investigation within 60 calendar days or less. Where the allegations are complex or other factors delay the investigative process, an extension may be granted.
Interim Measures Provided: During the investigation, the Title IX Coordinator, in collaboration with the Vice President for Student Services, will ensure the victim and/or complainant receive written notice of and the opportunity to obtain Interim Measures as set forth previously in this policy, nd will advise the victim and/or complainant of the right to file a complaint with Campus Police or law enforcement agencies.
Notice to Respondent:
Due Process Rights of Victim and/or Complainant and Respondent:
Evidence Considered: Investigators will interview and receive evidence from the victim, complainant, respondent and any witnesses identified during the course of the investigation. The victim’s prior sexual history with anyone other than the respondent will not be considered during the investigation or any proceeding related to a complaint. The mere fact of a current or previous consensual dating or sexual relationship between the victim and respondent does not itself imply consent or preclude a finding of sexual violence.
Preservation of Evidence: The Title IX Coordinator will provide the victim and/or complainant with information regarding the importance of preserving physical evidence of sexual violence and the availability of medical forensic services on at no charge pursuant to the Illinois Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act (410 ILCS 70). Any physical evidence gathered by the investigator will be preserved by Campus Police.
Concurrent Criminal Investigation: The existence of a concurrent criminal investigation by law enforcement agencies will not necessarily delay or interrupt the investigation procedures outlined herein. However, the law enforcement agency may request that the College investigation be temporarily suspended. In such cases, the College will evaluate the law enforcement agency’s request to determine whether and for how long to suspend its investigation. It is understood that during an ongoing criminal investigation, information relevant to the pending case or prosecution may not be permitted to be shared with the College until the criminal investigation is closed.
Report of Investigation: At the conclusion of the investigation, the investigator will prepare a thorough report outlining: the complaint, investigation conducted and all relevant evidence obtained; investigator’s conclusions with an explanation of reasoning and/or support for such conclusions; and recommendations for disciplinary or other remedial action as appropriate. The investigator will submit his/her report to the Title IX Coordinator.
Determination Based Upon Preponderance of the Evidence: The Title IX Coordinator shall review the investigator’s report and all evidence gathered to determine whether the respondent engaged in sexual discrimination, harassment and/or misconduct in violation of Board Policy 11.04.01. The determination of violations shall be made based on the preponderance of evidence, meaning whether it is more likely than not that this policy was violated.
Report to Vice President for Student Services: The Title IX Coordinator shall submit a final report of the investigation and determination of violation of Board Policy 11.04.01 to the Vice President for Student Services for consideration for disciplinary sanctions, protective actions and remedies in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures.
Sanctions. Student respondents who have violated the College’s prohibition of sexual discrimination, harassment and/or misconduct are subject to any sanctions set forth in Board Policy 07.28.01 Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures up to and including expulsion.
Protective Actions. The College may take protective measures as appropriate, including no-contact orders, trespass notices, or other protective measures. College Police will enforce court ordered no-contact, restraining and/or protective orders to the fullest extent of the law.
Remedies. The College will administer remedies for the victim and/or complainant depending upon the specific nature of the complaint. In addition, the College may administer remedies for the College community as a whole.
Remedies for the victim and/or complainant may include, but are not limited to:
Remedies for the College community as a whole may include, but are not limited to:
Notice to Respondent: Within seven (7) days after receipt of the Title IX Coordinator’s report, in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures, the Vice President for Student Services will notify the student respondent in writing of the Title IX Coordinator’s determination based on the investigation. If the Vice President determines that the student respondent has violated the Student Code of Conduct through violation of Board Policy 11.04.01, this notification will also advise the student respondent of:
Notice to Victim and/or Complainant: Concurrently with the notice provided to respondent, the Vice President for Student Services will notify the victim and/or complainant in writing of the Title IX Coordinator’s determination. If the Vice President determines that the respondent has violated the Student Code of Conduct through violation of Board Policy 11.04.01, this notification will also advise the victim and/or complainant of:
A victim and/or complainant or a student respondent who wishes to appeal the decision reached by the Title IX Coordinator or the Vice President for Student Services at the conclusion of a formal investigation must submit a written appeal to the College President within ten (10) business days of having received notification from the Vice President for Student Services.
The written appeal must state the grounds for appeal. Appeals must be made on the basis of one or more of the following grounds:
Within ten (10) business days after receipt of the appeal request, the President will decide whether to grant the appeal based on whether the appeal meets one of the above enumerated grounds for appeal and shall inform the appellant by certified mail, return receipt request.
If the appeal is granted, the President will not hold a hearing. Rather, the President will review and consider written findings and decision from the Title IX Coordinator and Vice President for Student Services, any written documentation submitted by either party to the Title IX Coordinator and Vice President for Student Services, all evidence considered by the Title IX Coordinator and Vice President for Student Services, the written appeal and, if applicable, new evidence offered for consideration. The Title IX Coordinator and Vice President for Student Services will provide all relevant documentation to the President. The President shall render a decision within seven (7) days after receipt of the appeal and shall inform both the victim and/or complainant and the student respondent, concurrently, by certified mail. The decision of the President shall be final.
In the event a victim and/or complainant or a student respondent does not appeal within the required ten (10) business day period, the decision of the Title IX Coordinator and Vice President for Student Services will be final.
It’s On Us is a rallying cry inviting everyone to step up and realize that the solution begins with us. It’s a declaration that sexual assault is not only a crime committed by a perpetrator against a victim, but a societal problem in which all of us have a role to play. It’s On Us is reframing sexual assault in a way that inspires everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something, big or small, to prevent it. They are asking everyone to create an environment, be it a dorm room, a party, a club or a sports team, or the greater college campus, where sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.
Raising awareness. Holding ourselves and each other accountable. Looking out for someone who cannot consent.
IT’S ON US. All of us.
Hosted by “Twilight” actress Kristen Stewart, this video challenges students to work together to prevent sexual violence. SOSU includes diverse student voices and experts in the field of sexual assault. The video highlights the impact of sexual assault on a victim as well as the important role of friends and bystanders. Lake Land College students and staff may access the video free by logging into the Student Hub.
The video is available for purchase through the Clery Center for Security on Campus.
PACT5 is a national movement to prevent sexual assaults and rapes in colleges. PACT5 believes that the documentary form, when produced by students, can create powerful stories that can change potentially tragic behavior patterns. Students are the ones who can make a difference in the minds of other students.
PACT5 is as a collaboration between students and faculty at 5 universities: Rowan University (NJ), California State University at Northridge, Western State Colorado University, Northern Illinois University, and Framingham State University (MA). Partners include the Clery Center for Security on Campus and FourFront with funding from the Wyncote Foundation.
Developed by the University of Arizona C.A.T.S. Life Skills Program, along with the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), the Step UP! bystander intervention program educates students to be proactive in helping others with concerns related to a variety of topics including sexual assault.
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For many students, the college years are when they first become sexually active. While they may feel well equipped to handle themselves in these relationships, they may not be armed with adequate sexual health and safety knowledge and may make decisions and choices that can place them at increased risk for health issues or risky sexual encounters. The College Student’s Guide, provided by Learn Psychology, was created to remove some of the mystery from sexual health and give students the appropriate resources and information to make sure they stay healthy, happy and safe throughout their college days and beyond.
Learn Psychology provides in-depth information and resources for those interested in pursuing a degree in psychology and other mental health professions.
Online information and assistance related to dating violence, stalking, bullying and harassment, sexual assault and other crimes.
Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act,” 20 U.S.C. 1092(f)), Lake Land College maintains a public crime log and publishes an Annual Security Report (“ASR”) available to all current students and employees. The ASR documents three calendar years of select campus crime statistics (including statistics regarding incidents of dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking), security policies and procedures, and information on the basic rights guaranteed to victims of sexual assault. The Clery Act also requires the College to issue timely warnings to the campus community about crimes that have already occurred but may continue to pose a serious or ongoing threat to students and employees.
The Title IX Coordinator, Vice President for Student Services, College Police, Intervention and Compliance Coordinator and other employees involved in the receipt of reports of, responding to, investigating or adjudicating alleged incidents of sexual discrimination, harassment and misconduct, or involved in the referral or provision of services to survivors receive annual education and training on primary prevention, bystander intervention, risk reduction, consent, reporting obligations, investigation procedures, confidentiality requirements, relevant College policies and procedures, retaliation, survivor-centered and trauma-informed response, relevant definitions, and other pertinent topics.
In addition to the above training, individuals who resolve complaints receive at least 8-10 hours of annual training on issues related to sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and how to conduct the College’s complaint investigation and appeal procedures pursuant to Board Policy 11.04.01.
All confidential advisors receive 40 hours of training on sexual violence before being designated a confidential advisor. Annually thereafter, confidential advisors attend a minimum of six (6) hours of ongoing educational training on issues related to sexual violence. Confidential advisors also receive periodic training on the College administrative process, interim protective measures and accommodations, and the College’s complaint investigation and appeal procedures.
The College, in conjunction with its campus-wide task force established pursuant to the Campus Security Enhancement Act of 2008 (110 ILCS 12/10), will annually review its training offerings to identify ways in which to enhance its effectiveness.
An employee or third party should notify the Director of Human Resources if he or she believes that the College, its employees or agents have engaged in sexual discrimination, harassment or misconduct of an employee or third party in violation of Board Policy 11.04.01 – Prohibition of Sexual Discrimination, Harassment and Misconduct.
The Director of Human Resources may attempt to resolve complaints informally. However, if a formal complaint is filed, the Director will address the complaint promptly and equitably in accordance with the procedures outlined in Board Policy 11.04 – Anti-Harassment.
Title IX Coordinator: The College has designated Title IX Coordinator duties as follows.
Responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator include:
Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator or to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights:
Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Office
U.S. Department of Education
500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661-4544
Vice President for Student Services: The Vice President for Student Services implements student disciplinary procedures related to this policy in accordance with Board Policy 07.28.01 – Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures.
Dr. Tina Stovall, Vice President for Student Services
Luther Student Center, Office #5