Any student, employee, bystander or third party who believes he or she has been subject to any form of sexual misconduct or who believes that they have witnessed an incident of sexual misconduct, should report the incident. Reports can be made electronically, anonymously, and/or confidentially (see confidentiality notes above). Reports to College Officials may be made to one of the following:
• Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator: Jill Cranmore, 217-443-8756, Vermilion Hall, Room 211, firstname.lastname@example.org;
• Dean of Student Services: Stacy Ehmen, 217-443-8746, Lincoln Hall, Room 104H, email@example.com;
• DACC Security: 443-8888; Lincoln Hall, Room 007; or
• Complete an online Incident Report at DACC Online Incident Report.
o The online Incident Report does allow complainants to report anonymously. However, an anonymous report may interfere with the investigation process and the ultimate resolution.
If an incident is reported to a College employee they are required to promptly report all relevant details about the alleged sexual misconduct. For a Confidential Advisor (definition noted above), counseling, medical advice, and/or legal advice, contact the Vermilion County Rape Crisis Center: 1630 Georgetown Road, Tilton, IL, 217-446-1337 or 1-866-617-3224 (Toll Free). Trained staff and volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide support and information.
Complainants/victims should also report the incident to their local law enforcement agency. The agency will conduct a separate investigation, apart from the College’s. Local law enforcement agencies’ contact information follows:
• Danville Police Department: 217-442-1414
• Catlin Police Department: 217-427-2131
• Westville Police Department: 217-267-2131
• Georgetown Police Department: 217-442-0153
• Hoopeston Police Department: 217-283-5196
• Milford Police Department: 815-889-4085
• Oakwood Police Department: 217-442-0153
• Rossville Police Department: 217-283-5196
• Vermilion County: 217-442-1414
Timeline for Reporting an Incident
Complainants/victims should file a report as soon as possible so that the College can refer them to medical, counseling, academic accommodations, and legal resources as needed. However, as long as the incident occurs while either the complainant or respondent is a student at the College, the complainant may file an Incident Report at the College. Please note that the preservation of evidence is also a time-sensitive aspect of the investigation process. Suggestions for preservation are noted below.
Preservation of Evidence
Physical evidence is crucial in helping to prosecute assailants in cases of rape or sexual assault. Physical evidence must be collected in a timely manner by a certified medical facility. If the incident occurred within the past 96 hours, to preserve evidence for a medical exam, victims of rape or assault should not bathe, change clothes, douche, use the toilet (if possible), smoke, or clean the bed/linen/area where they were assaulted . If victims do not opt for forensic evidence collection, a health care provider can still treat injuries and take steps to address concerns of pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted diseases.
Victims of stalking should save evidence such as letters, notes, emails, phone calls, videos, photos, texts, social media postings (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), computer screenshots, voicemails, or any other form of evidence that would be helpful.
Please note, as time passes, evidence may dissipate or become lost or unavailable, thereby making investigation, disciplinary proceedings, possible prosecution, or obtaining orders of protection related to the incident more difficult.
Limited Immunity Rights for Victims/Complainants
While the College does not condone underage drinking or violating other College policies, it considers reporting assaults to be of paramount importance, and will therefore extend limited immunity to victims in order to foster reporting and adjudication of sexual assaults on campus. Limited immunity means just that. Depending on the nature of the victim/complainant’s conduct violation(s), it should still be dealt with, through education or counseling, if possible. Limited immunity is offered in conjunction with the Good Samaritan Provision noted below.
Good Samaritan Provision for Individuals Reporting Incidents
DACC encourages students/witnesses to report incidents of sexual violence and assist victims in times of crisis. The College will implement a Good Samaritan rule where students or witnesses who report sexual misconduct, or other behaviors that violate the Student Code of Conduct, but who might be violators of the Code of Conduct themselves, are given limited immunity to encourage them to report the sexual misconduct instead of fearing for the repercussions of their own conduct violations (i.e., underage drinking, drug use, etc.). Good Samaritans will not be punished for their infractions if they are reporting on an incident that occurred during or in conjunction with the sexual misconduct incident.
Retaliation is Strictly Prohibited
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 according to the DACC Student Code of Conduct or the DACC Board of Trustees Policies & Procedures.