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3024.0  Preventing Sexual Violence Policy

Danville Area Community College is committed to providing a safe and positive learning environment. Sexual violence is a crime punishable by both civil and criminal legal action and a serious violation of the DACC Student Code of Conduct. The College will not tolerate any type of sexual violence which includes, but is not limited to, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, sexual battery, and rape. This policy complies with the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act (Act), mandated by Illinois Public Act 99-426. The Act, in many places, reiterates requirements already imposed by Title IX of Educational Amendments of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA).

All students, prospective students, visiting community members, staff and faculty must be compliant with this policy. DACC students are charged with the responsibility of being familiar with and abiding by this policy and the Student Code of Conduct. Jurisdiction for this policy includes all college property/physical locations, online service and learning environments, any additional locations that house college activities/business, and any off-campus locations that become relevant due to student location. Student/staff communications, educational trainings, and supportive policies and procedures will provide the foundation to the College’s commitment to preventing sexual violence and misconduct.

This comprehensive policy establishes a framework to meet the safety needs of students/stakeholders and to comply with federal and State law. Specifically, this policy ensures that the College will do the following:

  1. The College will define terms and definitions utilized in the comprehensive policy, including, but not limited to the term consent.
  2. The College will establish reporting procedures for students that include options for electronic, anonymous, confidential and third party/bystander reporting.
  3. The College will establish and follow procedures for responding to a report of sexual violence.
  4. The College will establish and enforce a process for resolving reports of student violence.

The Dean of Student Services and Vice President of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator, or their designees, will implement the following requirements as part of this policy:
  1. Coordinate and provide the law required training, education and awareness initiatives in regard to preventing sexual violence and misconduct including the rights and processes involved when incidents are reported.
  2. Participate in a regional task force or establish a campus-wide task force to improve coordination between community leaders and service providers to prevent sexual violence and to ensure coordinated responses for law enforcement and victim services.
  3. Report annually to the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Attorney General on each adjudicated case regarding racial, ethnic or religious intimidation or sexual harassment.

Adopted: 6-28-16

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