- What to Do if You are the Victim of Sexual Assault
- Relationship ViolenceWarning Signs and How to Get Help
- StalkingWarning Signs and How to Get Help
- Keeping Safe when Traveling Around Campus and the City
- What to Do if Someone You Know is at Risk of Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence or Stalking
- Assistance in the Event of Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, or Stalking
- SAIC Complaint Process
- Education and Prevention Programs
- Applicable Illinois State Law
- Orders of Protection
Safety and Security: Students
In accord with the federal law entitled Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, or Campus SaVE Act, enacted as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, SAIC adopts the following policy.
Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence (including Domestic Violence and Dating Violence) and Stalking are unacceptable and are not tolerated at SAIC. Retaliation, as defined below, is also prohibited.
SAIC encourages anyone who has been subjected to Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence and/or Stalking to seek appropriate treatment and to report the incident promptly to the police and/or SAIC officials. SAIC has professional staff who will assist student victims in obtaining help, including immediate medical care, counseling and other essential services. Specific policies, methods for reporting and seeking treatment, and resources are described below.
If the alleged offender is also a member of the SAIC community, SAIC will take prompt action to investigate and, where appropriate, to impose sanctions. Students who violate school policy are subject to the Student Conduct Procedures and may also be the subject of a criminal prosecution and/or a civil lawsuit. Procedures applicable to staff are found in the Employee Guidelines and procedures applicable to faculty are found in the Faculty Policy.
Sexual Assault is any touching, fondling, or penetration by the accused, either directly or through the clothing, of the person’s breasts, anal or genital areas, or other intimate parts, without Affirmative Consent, as defined below. Sexual Assault is an extreme form of sexual harassment. See Policy on Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation in the Student Handbook.
Affirmative Consent maintains the value that all persons have the right to feel respected, acknowledged, and safe during sexual interactions. Consent to sexual activities must be freely given and must be clearly and unambiguously expressed, by word or actions. Silence, lack of protest, or an existing or prior relationship between the individuals does not necessarily indicate that consent has been given. Intoxication of the alleged offender is not a defense to sexual assault.
A person cannot give consent if they are underage (in Illinois, the age of consent is 17), intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, or temporarily or permanently mentally or physically unable to do so. If a person is asleep, drunk, or under the influence of drugs, that person cannot give consent and a sexual act with that person would constitute sexual assault.
The following points are important aspects of affirmative consent:
- Consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual encounter and can be revoked at any time;
- Consent can be communicated verbally or by action(s). In whatever way consent is communicated, it must be mutually understandable. Although consent does not need to be verbal, verbal communication is the most reliable form of asking for and gauging consent, and you are thus urged to seek consent in verbal form. Talking with sexual partners about desires and limits may seem awkward, but serves as the basis for positive sexual experiences shaped by mutual willingness and respect;
- Consent to some sexual acts does not imply consent to others, nor does past consent to a given act imply present or future consent;
- Silence alone (absent a non verbal action clearly demonstrating consent) is not considered consent. Consent cannot be inferred from the absence of a "no"; a clear "yes," verbal or otherwise, is necessary;
- Affirmative consent can never be given by minors, mentally disabled individuals, or incapacitated persons. A person may be incapacitated as a result of alcohol or other drug use. Engaging in sexual activity with a person whom you know or reasonably should know to be incapacitated constitutes sexual assault;
- Consent can only be accurately gauged through direct communication about the decision to engage in sexual activity. Presumptions based upon contextual factors (such as clothing, alcohol consumption, or dancing) are unwarranted, and should not be considered as evidence for consent.
Relationship Violence is a pattern of physical, emotional, verbal and/or sexual abuse, which includes, but is not limited to, threats, intimidation, isolation, and/or financial control. Relationship Violence is an intentional pattern of behavior that is used by one person as a means to harm and take power and control over another person. Relationship Violence includes both Domestic Violence and Dating Violence.
Domestic Violence is Relationship Violence that occurs in the context of a family, roommate or caretaker relationship.
Dating Violence is Relationship Violence that occurs between individuals who are in, or have been in, a romantic or intimate relationship.
Stalking isa course of conduct directed at a specific person that is unwelcome and would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety (or the safety of a third party) or suffer emotional distress.
Retaliation against anyone reporting, participating in, or thought to have reported or participated in, an allegation or investigation regarding Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence or Stalking is also prohibited. Retaliation will be treated as a violation of this policy regardless of whether any report of Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence or Stalking is substantiated. Retaliation is defined as any adverse or negative action against an individual because that individual has:
- Complained about Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence or Stalking;
- Participated as a party or witness in an investigation related to such allegations; or
- Participated as a party or witness in a proceeding related to such allegations.
Knowingly false accusations are prohibited and will be treated as violations of this policy. Submission of a good faith complaint or report of Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence or Stalking that turns out to be unsubstantiated is not a violation of the policy.
Underage Drinking/Drug Protection: SAIC will not find a student responsible for violating the SAIC Rules of Conduct if they are sexually assaulted while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. SAIC may provide referrals to counseling and may require educational options, rather than pursue conduct proceedings, in such cases. Excluded from this protection are all students accused of encouraging or voluntarily participating in the assault/sexual assault.
Victims of Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence and/or Stalking are encouraged to report these incidents to the police by dialing 911 (or 8-911 from a campus building) or to seek immediate assistance by going to a local emergency room. Another non-school resource is the Rape Crisis Hotline 888.293.2080. (See “What to Do if You are the Victim of Sexual Assault” for more information).
Victims are also encouraged to report these incidents to Campus Security or the Director of Student Outreach in the Office of Student Affairs. An SAIC staff member will offer to accompany a student to a medical facility or to speak to the police.
Although SAIC encourages all members of its community to report any incidents of Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence and/or Stalking to the police, it is the victim’s choice whether to make a report and victims can decline involvement with the police.
SAIC does not publicize the name of crime victims nor does it include identifiable information in Campus Security’s Daily Crime Log.
III. Assistance in the Event of Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence or Stalking
Regardless of whether the student chooses to make a report to the police, SAIC will work with students to provide the assistance (if these measures are requested and are reasonably available), including, but not limited to:
- Change in academic class schedule;
- Change in on-campus residence hall assignment;
- Change in on-campus working situation; and
- No-contact instruction if the alleged offender is a student, faculty or staff member at SAIC.
These measures may be applied to one, both, or multiple parties involved.
Students may request that directory information on file be removed from public sources by submitting a written request to SAIC’s Office of Registration and Records.
IV. SAIC Complaint Process
This section of the policy sets forth an internal administrative policy to address Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence and/or Stalking alleged to have been committed by a member of the SAIC community. It is not a legal proceeding. This process can take place before, during or after criminal and/or civil proceedings related to the same incident.
As noted above in “Reporting”, members of the SAIC community are urged to promptly report Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence and/or Stalking. If the alleged offender is a member of the SAIC community, the victim will be informed of SAIC’s policy prohibiting such behavior and of their right to pursue a complaint pursuant to this SAIC policy. Under some circumstances, the School may decide to pursue an investigation into the reported conduct if it decides the safety of the community is at risk. The School will inform the victim should it make that decision. If the victim does not inform SAIC of the name of the alleged offender, the School’s ability to investigate and take appropriate action will be limited.
A. Review of Complaint
All complaints of Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence and/or Stalking will be investigated as promptly as possible. The administrator responsible for the prompt investigation and appropriate resolution will depend on the status of the alleged offender. If the alleged offender is a:
- Student, the Vice-President and Dean of Student Affairs (or designee) shall be responsible for the investigation and resolution;
- Faculty member, the Vice President/Dean of Faculty (or designee) shall be responsible for the investigation and resolution; and
- Staff member, the Vice President of Human Resources (or designee) shall be responsible for the investigation and resolution.
B. Investigation and Resolution
If the alleged offender is a student, the Student Conduct Procedures will be utilized. Please refer to Student Conduct Procedures in the SAIC Student Handbook for details regarding these procedures. SAIC administrators involved in the investigation or resolution of complaints of Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence and/or Stalking receive annual training on these issues.
In some cases, a student may also have a staff position or a teaching assignment or a complaint may involve students, faculty, and/or staff members. These different roles may involve more than one administrator and SAIC administrators may coordinate the investigation and resolution of the complaint. SAIC administrators have the discretion to use an existing review process or to coordinate processes in a manner suited to the particular complaint presented. The complainant and the alleged offender will be advised of the applicable process as well as the outcome of the investigation and resolution.
Potential sanctions are set forth in theStudent Conduct Procedures section of this Handbook under Sanctions.
SAIC administrators involved in the investigation or resolution of complaints of Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence and/or Stalking receive annual training on these issues.
SAIC will seek to maintain the confidentiality of complaints of Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence and Stalking made through these processes. Disclosure of this information will be made to administrators or participants in an investigation only as necessary to properly investigate and resolve the matter. Although SAIC seeks to maintain confidentiality, it is not possible to guarantee complete confidentiality.
V. Information Regarding Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence and Stalking
A. What to Do if You are the Victim of Sexual Assault
- Get to a safe place as soon as possible.
- To get help, call the police at 911 or if you are on campus, contact Campus Security (312.899.1230 24-hours a day) or the Director of Student Outreach (312.629.6800 during office hours).
- Seek immediate medical attention, preferably at an emergency room. Medical personnel are trained to perform a "rape kit" exam, where they are able to gather evidence while examining the victim to help police and prosecutors find and charge the perpetrator. If you might ever want to report the assault, it is important that you do not shower, change clothes, or clean up in any way before going to the hospital, in order not to disturb any evidence medical staff might be able to collect for the police. Sometimes this process can be easier if you have a trusted friend or victim advocate with you.
- Even if you don't want to report the assault to police right now, it is still important to have a medical exam to make sure you are all right. Sometimes people change their minds and want to report to the police later. Also, in addition to treating injuries, medical personnel can test for pregnancy and whether or not you may have been drugged. They can also give you drugs to reduce your chances of contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or getting pregnant.
- Try to preserve all evidence. Do not throw away clothes or wash, douche, or change. If you must change clothing, put all clothing you were wearing at the time of the attack in a paper (not a plastic) bag.
- Contact the Rape Crisis Hotline (888-293-2080) or the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-Hope) for more support. They can give you counseling, and help you understand your options, such as what medical staff will do during a "rape kit" exam or what might happen while going through the criminal justice system.
- Try to avoid being alone, especially with your attacker, and be alert to your surroundings.
- Get help making a safety plan to avoid or escape a dangerous situation, especially if you know your attacker.
- Make sure you have a safe place to stay.
Adapted from the National Center for Victims of Crime
B. Relationship Violence—Warning Signs and How to Get Help
Relationship violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender.
It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Relationship violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
Abuse is a repetitive pattern of behaviors used to maintain power and control over an intimate partner. These are behaviors that physically harm, arouse fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish or force them to behave in ways they do not want. Abuse includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation. Many of these different forms of abuse can be going on at any one time.
You may be experiencing physical abuse if your partner has done or repeatedly does any of the following tactics of abuse:
- Pulling your hair, punching, slapping, kicking, biting or choking you
- Forbidding you from eating or sleeping
- Damaging your property when they’re angry (throwing objects, punching walls, kicking doors, etc.)
- Using weapons to threaten to hurt you, or actually hurting you with weapons
- Trapping you in your home or keeps you from leaving
- Preventing you from calling the police or seeking medical attention
- Abandoning you in unfamiliar places
- Driving recklessly or dangerously when you are in the car with them
- Forcing you to use drugs or alcohol (especially if you’ve had a substance abuse problem in the past)
You may be in an emotionally abusive relationship if you partner exerts control through:
- Calling you names, insulting you or continually criticizing you
- Refusing to trust you and acting jealous or possessive
- Trying to isolate you from family or friends
- Monitoring where you go, who you call and who you spend time with
- Demanding to know where you are every minute
- Punishing you by withholding affection
- Threatening to hurt you, your family or your pets
- Humiliating you in any way
- Blaming you for the abuse
- Accusing you of cheating and being often jealous of your outside relationships
- Serially cheating on you and then blaming you for his or her behavior
- Cheating on you intentionally to hurt you and then threatening to cheat again
- Cheating to prove that they are more desired, worthy, etc. than you are
- Attempting to control your appearance: what you wear, how much/little makeup you wear, etc.
- Telling you that you will never find anyone better, or that you are lucky to be with a person like them
Adapted from the National Domestic Violence Hotline
How to get help:
- Contact the Chicago Police Department (311), Campus Security (312.899.1230), or the Domestic Violence Hotlines (national: 800.799.7233; Chicago/local: 877.863.6338) to get information on campus and local resources as well as your legal options.
- Identify your partner's use and level of force so that you can assess the risk of physical danger to you and others before it occurs.
- If possible, have a phone accessible at all times and know what numbers to call for help. Know where the nearest public phone is located. Know the phone number to your local battered women's shelter. If your safety is at risk, call the Chicago Police Department (911).
- Let trusted friends and neighbors know of your situation and develop a plan and visual signal for when you need help.
Adapted from the National Domestic Violence Hotline
C. Stalking—Warning Signs and How to Get Help
Stalking is a crime. A stalker can be someone you know well or not at all. Most have dated or been involved with the people they stalk. Most stalking cases involve men stalking women, but men do stalk men, women do stalk women, and women do stalk men.
- Repeatedly call you, including hang-ups or contact you repeatedly through electronic communication and social media.
- Follow you and show up wherever you are.
- Send unwanted gifts, letters, texts, or e-mails.
- Damage your home, car, or other property.
- Monitor your phone calls or computer use.
- Use technology, like hidden cameras or global positioning systems (GPS), to track where you go.
- Drive by or hang out at your home, school, or work.
- Threaten to hurt you, your family, friends, or pets.
- Find out about you by using public records or on-line search services, hiring investigators, going through your garbage, or contacting friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers.
- Other actions that control, track, or frighten you.
How to get help if you are being stalked:
Stalking is unpredictable and dangerous. No two stalking situations are alike. There are no guarantees that what works for one person will work for another, yet you can take steps to increase your safety.
- If your safety is at risk call 911.
- Trust your instincts. Don’t downplay the danger. If you feel you are unsafe, you probably are.
- Take threats seriously.
- Contact Campus Security, a crisis hotline, victim services agency, or a domestic violence or rape crisis program. They can help you devise a safety plan, give you information about local laws, refer you to other services, and weigh options such as seeking a protection order. (See the resources section below for more info.)
- Develop a safety plan, including things like changing your routine, arranging a place to stay, and having a friend or relative go places with you. Also, decide in advance what to do if the stalker shows up at your home, work, school, or somewhere else. Tell people how they can help you.
- Don’t communicate with the stalker or respond to attempts to contact you.
- Keep evidence of the stalking. When the stalker follows you or contacts you, write down the time, date, and place. Keep e-mails, phone messages, letters, or notes. Photograph anything of yours the stalker damages and any injuries the stalker causes. Ask witnesses to write down what they saw.
- Contact the police, as Illinois has a stalking law (see applicable state laws).
- Consider getting a court order that tells the stalker to stay away from you.
- Tell a family, friends, roommates, co-workers, Campus Security, and the Office of Student Affairs about the stalking and seek their support.
Adapted from the National Center for Victims of Crime
D. Keeping Safe when Traveling Around Campus and the City
- Try to arrive at and leave social gatherings with a group of people you trust
- Avoid giving out your personal information (phone number, where you live, etc.). If someone asks for your number, take his/her number instead of giving out yours
- Keep track of your drinking. Watch your drink as it is made and don’t leave it unattended; avoid group drinks like punch bowls
- If you feel extremely tired or drunk for no apparent reason, find your friends and ask them to leave with you as soon as possible
- Make sure your cell phone is easily accessible and fully charged
- Be familiar with where emergency phones are installed in SAIC buildings
- Avoid dimly lit places; take major, public paths rather than less populated shortcuts
- Pay attention to your surroundings. Avoid putting music headphones in your ears and/or using your smartphone when walking alone
- If walking feels unsafe, especially after dark, try to walk with a friend or contact campus security to request an escort or utilize the SAIC Safe Ride Service
- Carry a noisemaker (like a whistle) and/or a small flashlight on your keychain
E. What to Do if Someone You Know is at Risk of Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence or Stalking
SAIC is a community and we all have a responsibility to support each other. A “bystander” is someone other than the victim who is present when an act of Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence or Stalking is occurring or when a situation is occurring in which a reasonable person feels as though some protective action is required to prevent Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence or Stalking. Bystanders, if active, can prevent harm or intervene before a situation gets worse. Examples of active bystander intervention include:
- Not leaving an overly intoxicated person in a bar/party alone
- Calling police when a potentially violent situation is unfolding
- Not leaving an unconscious person alone (alerting Campus Security or a staff member)
- Intervening when someone is being belittled, degraded or emotionally abused (walking victim away from abuser, contacting an SAIC staff member for help)
If you become aware that an SAIC student is the victim of Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, or Stalking, contact the Chicago Police Department (911), Campus Security or the Director of Student Outreach. Additional resources are listed below.
Students who report a Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence or Stalking have numerous options and support services available to them, including medical and psychological services as well as administrative, disciplinary, and legal options.
SAIC Campus Security
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Ask to speak to supervisor on duty
Director of Student Outreach
Anna Brown, Ed.D.
Office of Student Affairs
Title IX Coordinator
Vice President for Human Resources
116 S. Michigan Ave., Floor 12
Chicago, IL 60603
Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Students
Felice Dublon, Ph.D.
Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs
The Office of Student Affairs
36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 1204
Chicago, IL 60603
Chicago Police Department
911 for emergency calls
311 for non-emergency calls
Chicago Domestic Violence Helpline
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network
1 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 1630
Chicago, IL 60601
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
250 E Erie Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Rape Crisis Hotline
Rape Victim Advocates
180 N. Michigan Ave., suite 600
Chicago, IL 60601
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
1 N. LaSalle St., suite 1150
Chicago, IL 60602
VII. Education and Prevention Programs
SAIC provides education programs to promote awareness of Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence and Stalking. Educational programming consists of primary prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students and new staff and faculty and ongoing awareness and prevention campaigns for students, staff and faculty that:
- Identify Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence and Stalking as prohibited conduct;
- Define Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence and Stalking under SAIC’s policy and under Illinois law;
- Define behavior that constitutes consent to sexual activity under Illinois law;
- Provide safe and positive options for bystander intervention that may be carried out by an individual to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence or Stalking against a person other than the bystander;
- Provides information on risk reduction so that students, staff and faculty may recognize warning signs of abusive behavior and how to avoid potential attacks;
- Provides an overview of information contained in the Annual Security Report in compliance with the Clery Act.
SAIC has developed an annual educational campaign consisting of presentations that include: New Student Orientation, New Employee Orientation, New Faculty Orientation, Communication Program (to include signage, brochures, and email), Campus Security Authorities, Investigator / Adjudicator Training, Web-based Manager Training, and Security Officer Training.
VIII. Applicable Illinois State Law
Illinois Stalking Statutes
IX. Orders of Protection
Orders of protection (commonly referred to as restraining orders) are legal orders, put in place by a judge, that restrict or limit the amount of contact a person can have with another person.
SAIC takes all existing orders of protection seriously.
If you have an order of protection, protecting you from someone else, we ask that you please inform Campus Security so that they have it on record. This will help SAIC in case there is an issue with the offender. To do so, please email Dave Martino, Executive Director of Campus Security, email@example.com or stop into the Campus Security office.
If you are having an issue with a person, Campus Security can help explain the legal process for obtaining an order of protection.
For more information on obtaining an order of protection, please visit WomensLaw.org