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Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act/Campus SaVE Act

The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act increases transparency on campus about incidents of sexual violence, guarantees victims enhanced rights, sets standards for disciplinary proceedings, and requires campus-wide prevention education programs. The Campus SaVE Act amends the Clery Act, which requires campuses to provide annual statistics on incidents of campus crimes, including sexual assaults occurring on campus and reported to campus authorities or local police. The Act broadens this requirement to mandate fuller reporting of sexual violence to include incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges is committed to ensuring the safety and security of its students, faculty, staff and visitors.  In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE Act), Illinois Eastern Community Colleges has developed the following policy, educational programs and reporting/investigation guidelines.

Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act/Campus SaVE Act Policy (100.29)                

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District #529 is committed to preventing and responding to incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, as defined in the Illinois Criminal Code, against any student or employee that reports to be a victim of such offenses on any Illinois Eastern Community College campus, at any college activity or off-campus, if it is deemed that there is a direct relationship between the sexual offense and Illinois Eastern Community Colleges.The Board will establish and maintain, as part of its written Violence Prevention Plan:

  • Education programs to promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape and other sex offenses.
  • Possible sanctions to be imposed following the final determination of an on-campus disciplinary procedure regarding rape, acquaintance rape, or other sex offenses, forcible or non-forcible.
  • Procedures students should follow if a sex offense occurs, including who should be contacted, the importance of preserving evidence as may be necessary to the proof of criminal sexual assault, and to whom the alleged offense should be reported.
  • Resources informing students of their options to notify proper law enforcement authorities and the option to be assisted by campus authorities in notifying such authorities, if the student so chooses, existing counseling, mental health, or student services for victims of sexual assault, both on campus and in the community, and; options for, and available assistance in, changing academic and living situations after an alleged sexual assault incident, if so requested by the victim and if such changes are reasonably available.
Campus Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights

The Campus Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights requires that all colleges and universities (both public and private) participating in federal student aid programs afford sexual assault victims certain basic rights, including: 

  • Survivors shall be notified of their options to notify law enforcement.
  • Survivors shall be notified of counseling services.
  • Survivors shall be notified of options for changing academic and living situations. 
  • Accuser and accused must have the same opportunity to have others present.
  • Both parties shall be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding.
Definitions

Under the Clery Act, there are several crimes for which Illinois Eastern Community Colleges shall maintain and publish statistics. For further information related to the crime definitions, as well as examples of those which shall be reported, please see Chapter 3 of The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting.

Sex Offenses: Any sexual act directed against another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent.  (Consent: A freely given agreement to the act of sexual conduct or sexual penetration in question.) Lack of verbal or physical resistance or submission by the victim resulting from the use of force or threat of force by the accused shall not constitute consent. The manner of dress of the victim at the time of the offense shall not constitute consent. 720 ILCS 5/12-17 (a), Withdrawal of Consent: A person who initially consents to sexual penetration or sexual conduct is not deemed to have consented to any sexual penetration or sexual conduct that occurs after he or she withdraws consent during the course of that sexual penetration or sexual conduct 720 ILCS 5/12-17 (c)).  This includes both forcible and non-forcible sex offenses including, but not limited to sexual assault, rape, fondling, incest and statutory rape.

Prevention and Awareness

As part of freshman and new employee orientation, incoming faculty/staff and students are informed of the policies, protocols and procedures related to campus violence prevention.  Additionally, sexual assault prevention and awareness education is provided on an ongoing basis in order to educate students, faculty, staff and the community about the nature of sexual assault and resources available to those who have been assaulted.  IECC has developed Prevention and Awareness Trainings for students and employees and highly encourage them to participate in this very important training presentation in order to gain knowledge regarding IECC's policy, information on risk reduction, reporting, resources, and tips for bystander intervention.

 

Risk Reduction

The Clery Act defines risk reduction as, “Options designed to decrease perpetration and bystander inaction, and to increase empowerment for victims in order to promote safety and to help individuals and communities address conditions that facilitate violence.”  (34 CFR 668.46(j)(2)(v))  If you become a victim of a crime, it is not your fault.  Perpetrators, not victims, are responsible for dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other crimes. You CAN take some actions that may increase your safety and decrease the chances you will be targeted or victimized. 

With regard to relationships: 

  • Know your limits. How far do you want to go with a date?
  • Communicate your limits clearly.
  • Back up your words with a strong voice and body language.
  • Respect yourself.  Know what you want counts. 

More general safety tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Listen to your intuition. If it says something is wrong, it probably is. Try to get out of the situation.
  • Don’t be afraid to make a scene and stand up for yourself.
  • Remember, alcohol and drugs can impair your judgment and reactions. Be especially careful when you drink, and when you’re with someone who has been drinking.
  • Watch your beverage at all times. Date rape drugs are tasteless, colorless, and odorless. Until the effects are well under way, victims don’t know they have ingested drugs.
  • When you go out to a party and/or to bars, go with a group of friends and look out for each other.
  • If you see someone who could be in trouble, speak up or call authorities.

Fact Sheets/Guides/Brochures

Reporting & Investigation Guidelines

What should I do if I'm sexually assaulted?

Seek medical attention immediately. Do not shower, change clothes, or disturb the scene of the attack. Go to the emergency room of a hospital; ask a friend to go with you, if possible. Hospital personnel will treat the physical consequences of assault such as injury, infection, disease, and pregnancy. They can collect evidence that will be needed if you report the crime. They are required to contact local law enforcement agencies; however, you may choose whether to speak with police personnel.  

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges encourages all individuals to seek assistance from a medical provider and/or law enforcement immediately after an incident of sexual misconduct. This is the best option to ensure preservation of evidence and to begin a timely investigative and remedial response. There is a limited window of time (typically 72 to 96 hours) following an incident of sexual assault to preserve physical and other forms of evidence. Taking the step to gather evidence immediately does not commit an individual to any course of action. The decision to seek medical attention and gather any evidence will remain confidential and preserve the full range of options to seek resolution through the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges’ complaint processes and/or criminal action. Illinois Eastern Community Colleges recognizes that the decision whether or not to report allegations of sexual violence, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking is personal and that there are many barriers, both individual and societal, to reporting. Not every individual will be prepared to make a report to Illinois Eastern Community Colleges or to law enforcement, and individuals are not expected or required to pursue any specific course of action.

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will assist any student, staff or community member to get to a safe place and will provide information about resources and complaint processes. IECC respects the privacy interests of students, faculty, and staff.  All information reported will be shared only with those College employees who will assist in the investigation and/or resolution of the complaint.

Resources

 

Police Departments
Carterville Police Department 618-985-4853
Fairfield Police Department 618-842-2151
Harrisburg Police Department 618-252-4528
Marion Police Department  618-985-4853
Mt. Carmel Police Department     618-262-4114
Olney Police Department  618-395-8481
Robinson Police Department  618-544-2217

 

Sheriff Departments 
Crawford County Sheriff 618-546-1515
Jackson County Sheriff 618-684-2773
Richland County Sheriff 618-395-7481
Saline County Sheriff 618-252-8661
Wabash County Sheriff 618-262-4186
Washington County Sheriff 618-327-8273
Wayne County Sheriff 618-842-6631
Williamson County Sheriff 618-997-6541

 

State Police/FBI
Illinois State Police – Effingham
Illinois State Police – Carmi
Federal Bureau of Investigation 

 

Hospitals
Crawford Memorial Hospital 618-544-3131
Fairfield Memorial Hospital 618-842-2611
Richland Memorial Hospital  618-395-2131
Wabash General Hospital 618-262-8621

 

Counseling Centers
Southeastern Illinois Counseling Center/Crisis Prevention (Fairfield) 618-842-2125
Southeastern Illinois Counseling Center/Crisis Prevention (Mt. Carmel) 618-262-7473
Southeastern Illinois Counseling Center/Crisis Prevention (Olney) 618-395-4306
Southeastern Illinois Counseling Center/Crisis Prevention (Robinson) 618-546-1021
Southeastern Illinois Counseling Center Crisis Prevention (24 hour) 618-395-5026

 

Other 
Illinois Coalition of Sexual Assault 1-800-625-1414
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs 1-212-714-1141
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline 1-866-331-9474

 

What will happen after a report is made?

Whether or not legal charges are filed, students accused of sexual abuse or assaults are subject to disciplinary actions from Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, including dismissal or other sanctions deemed appropriate. Both the alleged victim and the accused are entitled to have others present during the disciplinary proceedings, and both will be informed of the outcome of the proceedings.

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will promptly review and respond to all reports of sexual misconduct in an integrated, consistent manner that treats everyone with dignity and respect. Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will approach each report with an earnest intent to understand the perspective and experiences of each individual involved in order to ensure fair and impartial evaluation and resolution.  Any employee that receives a report of sexual violence, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking must share the report with their college administration who will then contact the Chair of the Threat Assessment and Behavioral Intervention Team (TABIT).  The TABIT Chair is specifically charged with coordinating the initial assessment, initiating the investigation, and responding to allegations of sexual violence, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking to eliminate the event, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. The TABIT Chair will ensure that IECC responds to all reports in a timely, effective, and consistent manner.  Not every member of the Administration and TABIT team is involved in every issue; only those who “need to know” attend to the issue at hand.  The assessment, investigation and resolution process includes the following:

  • The TABIT Chair will designate an investigator(s) to conduct a thorough, impartial and fair investigation. The investigator(s) chosen will have specific training and experience investigating allegations of sexual misconduct and will coordinate the gathering of information from the complainant, respondent, and other individuals or entities with relevant information regarding the complaint.
  • The investigator(s) will interview the complainant and the respondent separately and may interview one or both more than once as necessary.
  • The Investigator(s) will make a good faith effort to contact and interview any witnesses identified by the parties or in the documentation, including those no longer at the College. The investigator(s) may also interview any other individual he or she finds to be potentially relevant to the allegations of the complaint.
  • The investigator(s) will inform each witness or other individual interviewed that they are prohibited from retaliating against the complainant and respondent or other witnesses.
  • The investigator(s) will share with the complainant and respondent, information and documentation considered material to the findings related to the complaint.
  • In addition to reviewing any documents submitted by the complainant and respondent, the investigator(s) will try to obtain such other physical or medical evidence relevant to the investigation as the investigator determines, in his/her judgment, to be necessary, including but not limited to documents, police records, electronic or other record of communications between the parties or witnesses, records or other relevant information. In obtaining such evidence, the investigator(s) will comply with applicable laws and institutional policies.
  • The investigator(s) may visit relevant sites or locations and record observations through written or photographic documentation.
  • The investigator(s) may contact any expert the he or she determines is necessary to ascertain the facts related to the complaint. An expert witness may be contacted for an informal consult or for a professional opinion regarding information learned from the investigation.
  • The investigator(s) will prepare an Investigative Report summarizing and analyzing the relevant facts determined through the investigation, referencing any supporting documentation or statements. This report includes summaries of interviews with the complainant, respondent, third-party witnesses, experts, and any other individuals with relevant information. It may also include photographs of relevant sites or physical evidence, electronic records and forensic evidence. The report will provide a summary of his/her impressions including context for the evidence, but will not make a determination as to whether a violation occurred or what sanctions need to be implemented, reserving that decision for the Administration.
  • Once an Investigative Report is completed, The TABIT Chair will work with the College Administration, as needed to determine and implement remedies and measures to support the complainant. These remedies and measures will be implemented at the discretion of Illinois Eastern Community Colleges and may be applied to the complainant(s) and/or the respondent(s). Potential remedies may include but are not limited to:
    • Access to counseling services and assistance in setting up initial appointment.
    • Imposition of a campus no-contact order;
    • Rescheduling of exams and assignments and/or providing alternative course completion options;
    • A change in class schedule or transferring sections, including the ability to drop a course without penalty; 
    • A change in work schedule or job assignment;
    • Assistance from college staff in completing residence relocation;
    • Limiting an individual’s access to certain college facilities or activities pending resolution of the matter;
    • Providing an escort to ensure safe movement between classes and activities;
    • Providing academic support services, such as tutoring.

What can I do to help someone else?

Bystander Intervention

The Clery Act defines bystander intervention as, “Safe and positive options that may be carried out by an individual or individuals to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.  Bystander intervention includes recognizing situations of potential harm, understanding institutional structures and cultural conditions that facilitate violence, overcoming barriers to intervening, identifying safe and effective intervention options, and taking action to intervene.”  (34 CFR 668.46(j)(2)(ii))

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges believes that we all have a responsibility to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment. Bystander Intervention involves taking action in a situation when another individual needs help. This includes when someone may be at medical risk due to using drugs or alcohol, or vulnerable to sexual or intimate partner violence. To actively intervene: 

  • Notice the Event – pay attention to your surroundings
  • Interpret the Event as a problem – recognize that someone is being taken advantage of, vulnerable, or in danger – if in doubt, trust your gut and intervene at the earliest possible point
  • Take personal responsibility to intervene – if you don’t, it is likely no one will
  • Decide how you are going to intervene – don’t put yourself at risk or make the situation worse
  • Decide to intervene – take action and intervene at the earliest possible point – this may include:
    • Direct Intervention – Directly address the situation in the moment to prevent harm.
    • Delegation – Seek help from another individual.  This may include someone who is in a role of authority, such as a police officer or campus official.
    • Distraction – Interrupt the situation without directly confronting the offender – distract the offender’s attention to something else or direct the potential victim away from the situation.

If you are not able to actively intervene in a situation, consider responding by asking the victim if they need help or assistance, contacting the police or seeking out others for assistance.  Most importantly, “If you see something, say something!”

Bystander Resources 

 

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