The College is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and employment environment that is free from discrimination, harassment and misconduct on the basis of sex, which includes sexual orientation or gender-related identify. The purpose of these procedures is to implement the College’s Prohibiting Sex-Based Misconduct Policy (3024.0), ensure a safe and healthy educational and employment environment, and meet legal requirements in accordance with: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in the College’s education programs or activities; relevant sections of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (“VAWA”); Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), 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 identify; the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”), which requires timely warning to the community of certain immediate threats; the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act; and other applicable law and local ordinances.
The College has an affirmative duty to take immediate and appropriate action once it knows or its management should know of an act of sex-based discrimination, sexual harassment or other sex-based 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.
The College’s Policy Prohibiting Sex-Based Misconduct and these implementing Procedures apply to students, faculty, staff, appointees, or third parties, regardless of sexual orientation or gender-identity, whenever the misconduct occurs:
These Procedures govern sex-based misconduct in various forms, many of which may trigger legal obligations under one or more state and federal laws. In no case does the inapplicability of a particular legal framework require the College not to address an act of misconduct falling within the scope of these Procedures.
Sections I-VII include provisions relevant to sex-based misconduct in all its forms. Sections VI.A and VI.B address specific reporting procedures for students and employees, respectively. Section VIII, which describes a grievance process with a required live hearing, applies only to formal Title IX complaints and complaints alleging sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking.
Section XI provides definitions for these Procedures.
Title IX Coordinator: The College has designated the Vice President of Human Resources/Affirmative Action Officer as the Title IX Coordinator. Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator is as follows:
Responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator include, but are not limited to:
Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Education:
Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Office
U.S. Department of Education
500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661-4544
Telephone: (312) 730-1560
The Human Resources Department will partner with the Title IX Coordinator with respect to any complaints of sex-based misconduct that involve a College employee as the complainant or as the respondent. For any such complaints that involve a College employee as the respondent and fall outside the scope of Title IX, the Human Resources Department will manage the investigation into the allegations and issue a decision and any appropriate sanction(s).
For complaints of sex-based misconduct that involve a College employee as the respondent, investigatory and disciplinary procedures required by any applicable collective bargaining agreement will apply in addition to these Procedures.
Survivor Resource Center
923 N. Vermilion Street
Danville, IL 61832
Phone: 217-446-1337 or 24-Hr Toll-Free Hotline: 1-866-617-3224
*Indicates health care options which provide medical forensic services (rape kids) and/or Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) at no cost, pursuant to the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act (410 ILCS 70).
Seeking medical treatment also serves to preserve physical evidence of sexual violence.
Off-campus health care providers will generally maintain confidentiality and not share information with the College unless the reporting person requests the disclosure and signs a consent or waiver form. Note, however, that while these health care providers may maintain a reporting person’s confidentiality vis-à-vis the College, they may have other reporting obligations under State law.