Policy on Sexual Discrimination & Misconduct


Statement on Non-Discrimination

McKendree University is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility, and mutual respect. Sexual discrimination violates an individual’s fundamental rights and personal dignity. McKendree University considers sexual discrimination in all its forms to be a serious offense; sexual discrimination is prohibited under Title IX. This policy includes all forms of sexual discrimination, including: sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence by students, employees, or third parties.

Statement on Non-Discrimination

In compliance with Title IX of the Education Act Amendment of 1972, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal, state and local equal opportunity laws, and in accordance with our values, McKendree University will not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender expression in any phase of its admissions, financial aid, educational, athletic or other programs or activities, or in any phase of its employment practices.

Students and employees who believe they may have been discriminated against should contact the Title IX Coordinator, Ms. Shirley Baugh, Director of Human Resources, by e-mail at sabaugh@mckendree.edu or by phone at (618) 537-6533. The Human Resources Office is located at 501 Stanton Street, Lebanon, Illinois.

Statement of Jurisdiction

This policy applies to all behavior in which the Accused Party is a Student. In the event the Accused Party is no longer subject to the Student Handbook processes or the University policies and procedures, the Reporting Party may be referred to the Lebanon Police Department or other appropriate policing authority and may be subject to such actions as prohibition from campus. In the event that the Accused Party is a faculty, staff, or a non-University affiliated party, the reporting procedures and resources are the same as set forth in the Policy, but University's investigation will be referred to the Title IX Coordinator.

Definitions and Examples

Dating Violence refers to violence committed by a person who is/or who has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.

Domestic Violence refers to a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner.

Sexual Discrimination encompasses multiple types of actions involving the unfavorable treatment of an individual or a group of identifiable individuals based on gender.

Sexual Harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and/or other verbal or physical acts of a sexual nature which, because of their severity and/or persistence, interfere significantly with an individual’s or a group’s work or education, or adversely affect an individual’s or a group’s living conditions.

Sexual harassment may include but is not limited to quid pro quo (something for something, such as a demand or offer of sexual activity to retain or obtain academic or employment benefits), and/or an abusive or hostile environment which interferes with the ability to function as a full participant in the McKendree University community.

Examples:

  • Requesting sexual favors that may be subtle or overt but particularly when the requests are suspected to be linked to career advancement or academic rewards
  • Committing physical assault of a sexual nature, for instance, inappropriate touching or rape
  • Sending unwelcome letters, notes, or material, via written or electronically, or by making phone calls of a sexual nature
  • Name calling, teasing or making other derogatory or dehumanizing remarks involving sex, gender, or sexual orientation

Sexual Assault and Violence is the commission of an unwanted or unwelcome sexual act, whether by an acquaintance or by a stranger that occurs without indication of genuine consent of either individuals or that occurs under threat or coercion. Sexual assault can occur either forcibly and/or against a person’s will, or when a person is incapable of giving consent.

Sexual Exploitation means taking advantage of the sexuality and attractiveness of a person to make a gain or profit. It is the abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust for sexual purposes.

Sexual Touching includes any sexual contact or contact in a sexual manner with the genitals, mouth, breasts, groin, buttocks or other bodily orifice of another, touching another with these body parts or making another touch you or themselves with any of these body parts. Any bodily contact that occurs in a sexual manner, even if it does not involve contact with, of or by the breasts, buttocks, groin, genitals, mouth or other orifice may still be considered sexual touching.

Stalking means willfully and repeatedly engaging in a knowing course of harassing conduct directed at another individual that reasonably and seriously alarms, torments, or terrorizes the individual.

Examples:

  • Actions which are started or continued without the victim’s consent; approaching or confronting the victim; appearing at the victim’s workplace, residence, or property; or delivering things to the victim or to the victim’s property.

Consent
Effective consent is the basis of the analysis applied to unwelcome sexual contact. Lack of genuine consent is the critical factor in any incident of sexual misconduct.

  1. Consent is informed, freely and actively given and requires clear communication between all persons involved in the sexual encounter.
  2. Consent is active, not passive. Consent can be communicated verbally or by actions. But in whatever way consent is communicated, it must be mutually understandable. Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent.
  3. It is the responsibility of the initiator of sexual contact to understand fully what the person with whom he/she is involved wants and does not want sexually.
  4. Consent to one form of sexual activity does not imply consent to other forms of sexual activity.
  5. Previous relationships or consent does not imply consent to present or future sexual acts.
  6. Consent cannot be procured by use of physical force, compelling threats, intimidating behavior, or coercion. Coercion is unreasonable or deceptive pressure for sexual activity.
  7. Effective consent cannot be given by minors, mentally disabled individuals, or persons incapacitated as a result of drugs or alcohol. Incapacitation is a state where one cannot make a rational, reasonable decision because he/she lacks the ability to understand the “who, what, when, where, why, or how” of the sexual interaction. This policy also covers someone whose incapacity results from mental disability, sleep deprivation, and involuntary physical restraint. Therefore, sex with an incapacitated person is considered rape.

Retaliation is the act of harming an individual because that individual filed a charge of or reported or opposed an act of discrimination.

Intimidation is intentional behavior that would cause a person of ordinary sensibility fear of injury or harm.

Risk Reduction Strategies and Bystander Intervention

Reducing the Risk of Being Sexually Assaulted

Communicate your limits clearly. Express quickly, firmly, and clearly. Polite approaches may be ignored or misunderstood. Say “No” when you mean “No.” Avoid giving mixed messages.

Know where you are going and be comfortable with the plans. Don’t go anywhere with someone you don’t know well. If you do leave a party with a new friend, tell the friends you came with where you are going and when you are coming back. Drinking and drug use can impair your ability to think, act, or communicate clearly.

Only drink something that you have poured yourself or that comes in a pre-sealed container. Don’t drink something that has been left unattended.

Listen to your gut feelings. If you feel uncomfortable or think you might be at risk, leave the situation immediately and go to a safe place.

Look for warning signs. Pay attention to behavior that does not feel right. Be careful of anyone who…

  • ignores your personal boundaries,
  • does not listen to what you say,
  • is jealous and possessive of you and your time,
  • gets upset when you don’t do what they want,
  • tries to make you feel guilty to get their way,
  • is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs,
  • insists you go someplace alone or apart from others.

Reducing the Risk of Committing Sexual Assault

Ask for consent and listen to what your partner has to say. If your partner says “no” to sexual contact believe the person and stop.

Don’t assume that if someone had sex before he/she wants to have sex again. Don’t assume that if your partner consents to kissing or other sexual activities, he/she consents to all sexual activities.

Understand that if you have sex with someone who is intoxicated, drugged, passed out, or otherwise incapable of saying “no” or unaware of his/her surroundings, you may be guilty of rape.

Bystander Intervention

Bystanders are “individuals who observe violence or witness the conditions that perpetuate violence. They are not directly involved but have the choice to intervene, speak up, or do something about it” (Banyard, V.L., Plante, E.G. & Moynihan, M. M., 2004). It is important to look out for each other and to care for the individual being violated; call 911 or others for assistance.

Reporting and Confidentially Disclosing Sexual Violence

The University encourages victims of sexual violence to talk to somebody about what happened – so victims can get the support they need, and so the University can respond appropriately. Different employees on campus have different abilities to maintain a victim’s confidentiality.

  • Some are required to maintain near complete confidentiality; talking to them is sometimes called a “privileged communication.”
  • Other employees may talk to a victim in confidence, and generally only report to the University that an incident occurred without revealing any personally identifying information. Disclosures to these employees will not trigger a University investigation into an incident against the victim’s wishes.
  • Some employees are required to report all the details of an incident (including the identities of both the victim and alleged perpetrator) to the Title IX coordinator. A report to these employees (called “responsible employees”) constitutes a report to the University – and generally obligates the University to investigate the incident and take appropriate steps to address the situation.

This policy is intended to make students aware of the various reporting and confidential disclosure options available to them – so they can make informed choices about where to turn should they become a victim of sexual violence. The University encourages victims to talk to someone identified in one or more of these groups.

Privileged and Confidential Communications

Professional and Pastoral Counselors

Professional, licensed psychologists, counselors and pastoral counselors who provide mental-health counseling to members of the school community (and including those who act in that role under the supervision of a licensed counselor) are not required to report any information about an incident to the Title IX coordinators without a victim’s permission.

Following is the contact information for these individuals:

Counseling Staff:

Melissa McHenry, M.A., M.S., LCPC, (618) 537-6416
Laura Harrawood, Ph.D., LCPC, LMFT, (618) 537-6416
 
or counseling appointments may also be scheduled by calling (618) 537-6503.

Chaplain: Rev. Tim Harrison, Ph.D., (618) 537-6962

Non-professional Counselors and Advocates

Individuals who work in the Health Services Department can generally talk to a victim without revealing any personally identifying information about an incident to the University.

Following is the contact information for the Health Services staff:

Beth Allan, MSN, RN, CSN, NP-C, Director of Health Services, (618) 537-6503

Lesa Auten, CMA, AAPC/CPC, Medical Assistant, (618) 537-6503

While maintaining a victim’s confidentiality, these individuals or their offices 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 victim – helps keep the Title IX Coordinator informed of the general extent and nature of sexual violence on and off campus so they can track patterns, evaluate the scope of the problem, and formulate appropriate campus-wide responses. Before reporting any information to the Title IX Coordinator, these individuals will consult with the victim to ensure that no personally identifying details are shared with the Title IX Coordinator.

A victim who speaks to a professional or non-professional counselor or advocate must understand that, if the victim wants to maintain confidentiality, the University may be unable to conduct an investigation into the particular incident or pursue disciplinary action against the alleged perpetrator.

Even so, these counselors and advocates will still assist the victim in receiving other necessary protection and support, such as victim advocacy, academic support or accommodations, disability, health or mental health services, and changes to living, working or course schedules. An individual who at first requests confidentiality may later decide to file a complaint with the school or report the incident to local law enforcement, and thus have the incident fully investigated. These counselors and advocates will provide the individual with assistance if he or she wishes to do so.

While these professional and non-professional counselors and advocates may maintain a victim’s confidentiality vis-à-vis the University, they may have reporting or other obligations under state law when there is imminent harm to self or others or the requirement to testify if subpoenaed in a criminal case.

In compliance with the Clery Act, if it is determined that the alleged perpetrator(s) pose a serious and immediate threat to the University community the Office of Public Safety or the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs may be called upon to issue a timely warning to the community. Any such warning should not include any information that identifies the victim.

Reporting to Responsible Employees

A “responsible employee” is a University employee who has the authority to redress sexual violence, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.

When a victim tells a responsible employee about an incident of sexual violence, the victim has the right to expect the University 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 victim and the University will need to determine what happened – including the names of the 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 University’s response to the report. A responsible employee should not share information with law enforcement without the victim’s consent or unless the victim has also reported the incident to law enforcement.

The following employees (or categories of employees) are the University’s responsible employees: administration, faculty, student affairs staff, human resources staff, coaches, and resident assistants.

Before a victim reveals any information to a responsible employee, the employee should ensure that the victim understands the employee’s reporting obligations – and, if the victim wants to maintain confidentiality, direct the victim to confidential resources.

If the victim wants to tell the responsible employee what happened but also maintain confidentiality, the employee should tell the victim that the University will consider the request, but cannot guarantee that the University will be able to honor it. In reporting the details of the incident to one of Title IX Coordinator, the responsible employee will also inform the Title IX Coordinator of the victim’s request for confidentiality.

Responsible employees will not pressure a victim to request confidentiality, but will honor and support the victim’s wishes, including for the University to fully investigate an incident. By the same token, responsible employees will not pressure a victim to make a full report if the victim is not ready to do so.

Requesting Confidentiality from the University: How the University Will Weigh the Request and Respond

If a 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 University must weigh that request against the University’s obligation to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all students, including the victim.

If the University honors the request for confidentiality, a victim must understand that the University’s ability to meaningfully investigate the incident and pursue disciplinary action against the alleged perpetrator(s) may be limited.

Although not often, there are times when the University may not be able to honor a victim’s request in order to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all students.

The University has designated the following individual(s) to evaluate requests for confidentiality once a responsible employee is on notice of alleged sexual violence:Ms. Shirley Baugh, Director of Human Resources, Title IX Coordinator, is located at 501 Stanton Street, Lebanon, IL, (618) 537-6533, sabaugh@mckendree.edu.

When weighing a victim’s request for confidentiality or that no investigation or discipline be pursued, the Title IX Coordinators will consider a range of factors, including the following:

  • The increased risk that the alleged perpetrator will commit additional acts of sexual or other violence, such as:whether the sexual violence was perpetrated with a weapon;
    • whether there have been other sexual violence complaints about the same alleged perpetrator;
    • whether the alleged perpetrator has a history of arrests or records from a prior school indicating a history of violence;
    • whether the alleged perpetrator threatened further sexual violence or other violence against the victim or others;
    • whether the sexual violence was committed by multiple perpetrators;
  • whether the sexual violence was perpetrated with a weapon;
  • whether the victim is a minor;
  • whether the University possesses other means to obtain relevant evidence of the sexual violence (e.g., security cameras or personnel, physical evidence);
  • whether the victim’s report reveals a pattern of perpetration (e.g., via illicit use of drugs or alcohol) at a given location or by a particular group.

The presence of one or more of these factors could lead the University to investigate and, if appropriate, pursue disciplinary action. If none of these factors is present, the University will likely respect the victim’s request for confidentiality.

If the University determines that it cannot maintain a victim’s confidentiality, the University will inform the victim prior to starting an investigation and will, to the extent possible, only share information with people responsible for handling the University’s response.

The University 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 University employees, will not be tolerated. The University will also:

 

  • assist the victim in accessing other available victim advocacy, academic support, counseling, disability, health or mental health services, and legal assistance both on and off campus (see portion of policy identifying these);
  • provide other security and support, which could include issuing a no-contact order, helping arrange a change of living or working arrangements or course schedules (including for the alleged perpetrator pending the outcome of an investigation) or adjustments for assignments or tests; and
  • inform the victim of the right to report a crime to campus or local law enforcement – and provide the victim with assistance if the victim wishes to do so.

The University may not require a victim to participate in any investigation or disciplinary proceeding. Because the University is under a continuing obligation to address the issue of sexual violence campus-wide, reports of sexual violence (including non-identifying reports) will also prompt the University to consider broader remedial action – such as increased monitoring, supervision or security at locations where the reported sexual violence occurred; increasing education and prevention efforts, including to targeted population groups; conducting climate assessments/victimization surveys; and/or revisiting its policies and practices.

If the University determines that it can respect a victim’s request for confidentiality, the University will also take immediate action as necessary to protect and assist the victim.

Federal Statistical Reporting Obligations

Certain campus officials have a duty to report sexual misconduct to the Director of Public Safety for federal statistical reporting purposes. All personally identifiable information is kept private, but statistical information must be passed along to campus law enforcement regarding the type of incident and its general location (on or off‐campus, in the surrounding area, but no addresses are given), for publication in the annual Clery Campus Security Report. This report helps to provide the community with a clear picture of the extent and nature of campus crime, to ensure greater community safety.

Mandated federal reporters include: human resources staff, campus law enforcement,

student affairs staff, conduct officers, athletic directors, coaches, residence life staff, student activities staff, advisors to student organizations, and any other officials with significant responsibility for student and campus activities.

Miscellaneous

“Take Back the Night” and other 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 of sexual violence, are not considered notice to the University of sexual violence 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 University will provide information about students’ Title IX rights at these events.

Off-campus counselors, advocates, and health care providers will also generally maintain confidentiality and not share information with the University unless the victim requests the disclosure and signs a consent or waiver form. A list of some off-campus resources is attached to this policy.

Options following a Sexual Assault and Violence

A member of the University community who has experienced a sexual assault and violence, whether a rape or another unwanted sexual contact, is urged to make an official report to the local police and/or the University’s Public Safety Department. Whether or not the individual makes an official report, he or she is also urged to seek appropriate help, which may include medical evaluation, and/or obtaining information, support, and counseling, either on or off campus. The Office of Student Affairs, Health Services and Counseling have staff who are trained to provide support to students following a sexual assault.

Medical Treatment

A person who has experienced a sexual assault and violence is urged to seek appropriate medical evaluation as promptly as possible.

  • For life-threatening conditions, call 911
  • Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL, (618) 233-7750
  • St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL, (618) 234-2120
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital, Highland, IL, (618) 651-2600
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital, Breese, IL, (618) 526-4511

A person who has experienced a sexual assault and violence is encouraged to request collection of medical-legal evidence. Collection of evidence entails interaction with police and a police report. Prompt collection of physical evidence is essential should a person later decide to pursue criminal prosecution and/or civil action.

McKendree University Health and Counseling Services

The University provides nurse-practitioner managed student health services on the Lebanon campus. Health Services provides routine health and first aid treatment, retains student health records, and provides referrals. The University also retains a psychologist and personal licensed counselors who provide confidential counseling for a wide range of concerns. Health Services and Counseling Services are located at 513 Stanton Street, Lebanon, Illinois.

Legal Services—Orders of Protection

The Illinois Legal Aid website may assist with understanding and obtaining orders of protection and legal services. (http://www.illinoislegalaid.org) In addition, orders of protection may also be obtained by visiting the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office, 19 Public Square, Belleville, Illinois, and (618) 277-3892.

An individual who has been sexually assaulted may wish to obtain an order of protection, no contact order, restraining order, or similar lawful order issued by a criminal or civil court. A copy of any order of protection should be given to the Office of Public Safety. The Office of Public Safety will forward a copy to the Office of Student Affairs if the order involves a student or to the Human Resources Office if the order involves an employee. Directions for obtaining orders of protection will be provided to the complainant.

Officially Reporting a Sexual Assault and Violence

For sexual assault and violence that took place on campus, employees and students may contact Public Safety at (618) 537-6911 and/or call the Lebanon Police Department directly at 911. Public Safety Officers will assist the victim in notifying the local police if the individual chooses. Public Safety Officers will respond quickly and with sensitivity upon notification of an assault. Public Safety will contact the Director of Human Resources in situations involving employees and the Vice President for Student Affairs in situations involving students.

Employees

Whether an employee elects to report a sexual assault to the police, he or she is urged to make an official report directly to the Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator. The Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator is located at 501 Stanton Street, Lebanon, Illinois. The office phone number is (618) 537-6533. The Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator will inform the Director of Public Safety and the Lebanon Police Department that an incident occurred on campus. The victim’s name may be withheld at the individual’s request.

Students

Whether a student elects to report a sexual assault to the police, he or she is urged to make an official report directly to the Title IX Coordinator, Shirley Baugh at 501 Stanton St., Lebanon, Illinios. The phone number is (618) 537- 6533. The Vice President for Student Affairs will inform the Title IX Coordinator, the Director of Public Safety, and the Lebanon Police Department that an incident occurred on campus. The victim’s name may be withheld at the individual’s request.

Whether or not the claimant reports the offense to campus or local police, the Dean of Students will provide assistance with changing the claimant’s academic and living arrangements (if reasonably available).

Investigating an Allegation of Sexual Discrimination Involving Students

The procedures for internal disciplinary action in cases of alleged sexual discrimination will provide prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution. The procedure will be conducted by officials who receive annual training on issues related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking as well as how to conduct a hearing process that protects victim safety and promotes accountability. Once a report of sexual discrimination has been made resolution procedures shall be pursued within seven calendar days from the initial report. Investigations of the allegations of sexual discrimination will use the following responsive grievance procedures:

Informal Resolution Procedures

Some complaints of sexual discrimination can be resolved through informal mediation between the parties. Informal Resolution Procedures are optional and may be used when the institution determines that it is appropriate. Informal procedures are never applied in cases involving violence or non-consensual sexual intercourse.

  1. The Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator and the Vice President for Student Affairs may arrange for or facilitate mediation between the involved parties and coordinate other informal problem resolution measures.

Formal Resolution Procedures

  1. Any member of the University community who believes that he/she has been the victim (the complainant) of sexual discrimination including sexual harassment and sexual assault may bring the matter to the attention of one of the following individuals: the Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator; Provost; and the Executive Dean of the Kentucky Center (complaints emanating from Kentucky campuses).
  1. The complainant must submit to the Title IX Coordinator a written statement detailing the alleged offensive conduct. The contents of the written statement should include a complete statement of the facts of the incident including dates, times, locations, witnesses, any relevant background facts or circumstances, and the signature of the complainant. Cases involving sexual discrimination are particularly sensitive and demand special attention to the issues of confidentiality.
  1. Upon receipt of the written complaint, the Title IX Coordinator will inform the alleged offender of the complaint, the identity of the complainant, and will provide the written statement of the complaint within seven calendar days. Every reasonable effort will be made to protect the complainant from retaliatory action by those named in the complaint. Once the resolution process has been initiated, it will be followed to completion. The approximate time for resolution will be 60 days. Both parties will be notified if additional time is needed to complete the case.
  1. The alleged offender may respond to the complaint with a written statement detailing the alleged offensive conduct. The contents of the written statement should include a complete statement of the facts of the incident including dates, times, locations, witnesses, any relevant background facts or circumstances, and the signature of the alleged offender. Cases involving sexual discrimination are particularly sensitive and demand special attention to the issues of confidentiality.

Hearing Panel

Promptly after the written complaints are submitted, the Title IX Coordinator or the Title IX Deputy Coordinator will convene a three-person hearing panel comprised of one or two full-time faculty members and one or two full-time staff members who have received training on adjudicating sexual assault discipline cases.

Members of the hearing panel will meet to discuss the complaint. The parties to the dispute will be invited to appear, separately, before the panel, to present testimony and witnesses. Questions will be limited to the incident itself and will not involve questions regarding the claimant’s unrelated prior sexual activity. Evidence of a prior consensual dating or sexual relationship between the parties by itself does not imply consent or preclude a finding of sexual misconduct.

The hearing panel may conduct its own formal inquiry, call witnesses, and gather whatever information it deems necessary to assist it in reaching a decision and recommendations for subsequent action. The hearing panel will maintain confidentiality throughout the entire process. The hearing will be a closed hearing.

The hearing panel will keep a verbatim record of the hearings by means of a single audio tape which will be kept in a secure place.

During the proceedings, each party will be permitted to have counsel of his/her own choice. Such persons are present as advisors, but may not act as spokespersons for the parties. The University must be informed five days in advance if either party chooses to have legal counsel present. When either party invites legal counsel to be present, the institution may also invite legal counsel to the hearing.

Standard for Determining Responsibility

According to the Office of Civil Rights, the standard used to determine responsibility in cases of sexual discrimination will be Preponderance of the Evidence Standard, whether it is more likely than not that the accused violated the Policy on Sexual Discrimination and Misconduct. The Clear and Convincing Standard, whether it is highly probable or reasonably certain that the accused violated the Policy on Sexual Discrimination and Misconduct, is a higher standard of proof and is not used under Title IX. All members of the University community found to have violated this policy will be disciplined up to dismissal from the University.

Notice of the Outcome

Once the hearing panel determines whether sexual misconduct occurred, the notice of the outcome will be communicated in writing to the President and to the Title IX Coordinator or to the Title IX Deputy Coordinator in situations involving students. The Title IX Coordinator or the Title IX Deputy Coordinator will forward the findings to both parties through certified mail within one business day of such outcome being reached.

The notice of the outcome will include only the name of the accused, the violation alleged (including any institutional rules or code sections that were allegedly violated), essential findings supporting such final result, and any sanction imposed by the institution against the accused (including a description of any disciplinary action taken by the institution, the date of the imposition of such action, and the duration of such action).

Penalties for Misconduct

The following schedule of penalties applies to all violations of the Policy on Sexual Discrimination and Misconduct. A written record of each action taken pursuant to the Policy will be placed in the offending person’s file. The record will reflect the conduct, or alleged conduct, and the warning given, or other discipline imposed.

  1. Sexual Assault and Violence: Any person’s first offense of sexual assault and violence may result in discharge/dismissal from the University.
  1. Other Acts of Sexual Discrimination: A person’s commission of acts of sexual discrimination (other than sexual assault and violence) will result in non-disciplinary oral counseling upon first offense with a disciplinary probationary status added to the individual’s academic or work file, depending upon the nature or severity of the misconduct; and suspension or discharge upon the second proven offense, depending on the nature or severity of the misconduct.
  1. Retaliation: Retaliation against a sexual discrimination complainant will result in non-disciplinary oral counseling. Proven retaliation will result in suspension or discharge upon the first proven offense, depending upon the nature and severity of the retaliatory acts, and discharge upon the second proven offense.

Appeal Process

Either party may appeal the hearing panel’s recommendations to the Student Judicial Committee within 72 hours after the student has received formal notification of recommendations for action and must state specific grounds for the appeal. The grounds for an appeal are listed below:

  1. Question of Fact -- A party may appeal on questions of fact by introducing new evidence which would significantly affect the outcome of the case. Evidence which was known to the appellant at the time of the original hearing, but was withheld, shall not constitute a question of fact nor is it to be considered upon appeal.
  1. Question of Procedure -- The appellant must demonstrate that procedural guidelines established in this document were breached, and that the errors affected the outcome of the case.
  1. Severity of Sanction -- Appeals based on the severity of the sanction shall be considered only when the penalty imposed exceeds the recommended range of sanctions for the specific violation. The accused can request leniency in cases where it is clearly demonstrable that the imposition of a sanction is inconsistent with previous judicial practice, even though it may be within the range of acceptable action. Mere dissatisfaction with the sanction is not grounds for appeal.

After the student has filed an appropriate request for an appeal he/she will be notified within 72 hours of the outcome of the appeal request. The Student Judicial Committee may deny hearing an appeal. However, if the Committee chooses to hear the appeal, it is authorized to take the following actions: it may change a finding of guilt to a finding of innocence, it may modify the penalty, or it may order a new hearing wherein new evidence or testimony not available at the previous hearing is regarded as being of sufficient importance will be presented. The appeal outcome from the Student Judicial Committee is final. Appeal hearings must be recorded and shall be closed hearings.

False Reporting

The University will not tolerate intentional false reporting of incidents. It is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct (McKendree University Student Handbook, 12.00) to make an intentionally false report of any policy violation, and a false report may also violate state criminal statues and civil defamation laws. False reports will subject the person who makes the false report or any person who knowingly assists in making the false report to the full range of University disciplinary sanctions.

Educational and Awareness Programs

McKendree University provides awareness and primary prevention programs to educate members of the community regarding sexual discrimination. Educational programming for students is available through participation in New Student Orientation, University 101 classes, athletic compliance meetings, and other programs offered through the Office of Residence Life and Campus Activities. The Office of Student Affairs will host the GreenDot Bystander Intervention program, beginning in spring 2015. An updated list of programs may be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs.

All McKendree University employees complete a sexual misconduct training program annually. In addition, new employees are provided information on sexual discrimination at each new employee orientation.

Sexual Violence Resource List

Location  -  Services  -  Contact Information

Call For Help Sexual Assault Victim Care Unit  -  Call for Help’s Sexual Assault Victims Care unit responds 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to victims of rape, incest, molestation, harassment or other sexual assault. Specially trained advocates arrive at the hospital or police station to assist the victim with police interviews and in navigating the medical and legal systems.  -  Website: http://www.callforhelpinc.org24/7 Hotline: (618) 397-0975, 9400 Lebanon Road Edgemont , IL 62203 Office: (618) 397-0975 or 4601 State Street East St. Louis , IL 62205 Office: (618) 271-8990.


Riverview Center  -  Riverview Center is a nonprofit agency committed to providing compassionate, client-centered care for individuals affected by sexual and domestic violence in Illinois. Free services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, legal and medical advocacy, long and short-term counseling, transition assistance for domestic violence survivors, and violence prevention education programs.  -  Website: http://www.riverviewcenter.org24/7 Hotline: (888) 557-0310.


Saint Martha’s Hall  -  Shelter, crisis intervention, support groups, individual support, advocacy program, information and referral, follow-up and community education.  -  Website: http://saintmarthas.org/24/7 Hotline: (314) 533-1313.


Safe Connections  -  Provides a 24 hour hot-line and counseling for survivors of violence: domestic violence, childhood abuse, rape and sexual assault.  -  Website: http://www.safeconnections.org/24/7 Hotline: (314) 531-20032165 Hampton Avenue St. Louis, Missouri 63139, Office: (314) 646-7500.


Anti-Violence Advocacy Project (facilitated by ALIVE)  -  Advocates for policies and practices that promote equality, freedom and respect for the full range of sexual orientations and gender identifications and expressions. Addressing intimate partner violence in relationships and communities. Provides many direct services to LGBTQ victims of intimate partner violence, including crisis intervention, safety planning, “Nights of Safety” emergency shelter, adult and child counseling, court advocacy and referrals to other LGBTQ friendly organizations.  -  Website: http://www.alivestl.org24/7 Hotline: (314) 993-2777.


RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network)  -  This nationwide partnership of more than 1,100 local rape treatment hotlines provides victims of sexual assault with free, confidential services around the clock.  -  Website: http://www.rainn.org24/7 Hotline: (1-800) 656-HOPE.


Violence Prevention Center, Southwestern Illinois  -  VPC provides direct services to victims of domestic violence including well-being advocacy, shelter, and legal consultation/advocacy.  -  
24/7 Hotline: (618)235-0892 or (800)-924-0096P.O. Box 831 Belleville, IL 62222, Office: (618)236-2531, Fax: (618)235-9521.


Memorial Hospital  -   Medical evaluation  -  4500 Memorial Drive Belleville, IL 62226, (618) 233-7750.


St. Elizabeth’s Hospital  -  Medical evaluation  -  
180 S 3rd Street # 30 Belleville, IL 62220, (618) 234-2120.


St. Joseph’s Hospital  -  Medical evaluation  -  1515 Main Street Highland, IL 62249, (618) 651-2600 or 9515 Holy Cross Lane Breese, IL 62230, (618) 526-4511.


McKendree University Public Safety  -  Emergency assistance  -  24/7: (618) 537-6911.


McKendree University Health Services  -  Health services include assessment and treatment of common illnesses, injuries, and medical problems; health education and referrals for injuries or medical problems. Confidential medical history and immunization files are kept in the Health Services Office. The staff may offer over-the-counter medications.  -  Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm, 
315 Stanton Street Lebanon, IL 62254, Beth Allan (M.S.N., R.N., C.S.N., N.P.-C.), Lesa Auten (CMA, AAPC/CPC), (618) 537-6503.


McKendree University Counseling Services  -  Comprehensive counseling services are offered for students free of charge during the academic year. The counseling service at McKendree is totally confidential and provided by licensed professional clinical staff.  -  Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm, 315 Stanton Street Lebanon, IL 62254, Melissa McHenry (MA, MS LCPC), (618) 537-6416, msmchenry@mckendree.edu, Laura Harrawood (PhD, LCPC, LMFT), (618)537-6416, lkharrawood@mckendree.edu