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

I. Definitions

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:

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:

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.

II. Reporting

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:

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:

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.

C. Confidentiality.

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

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:

You may be in an emotionally abusive relationship if you partner exerts control through:

Adapted from the National Domestic Violence Hotline

How to get 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.

Stalkers may:

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.

Adapted from the National Center for Victims of Crime

D. Keeping Safe when Traveling Around Campus and the City

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:

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. 

VI. Resources

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.

On-Campus Resources

Campus Security
SAIC Campus Security
312.899.1230
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
312.629.6800
abrown@saic.edu

Academic Advising
312.629.6800
studenthelp@saic.edu

Counseling Services
312.339.4271
counselingservices@saic.edu

Health Services
312.499.4288
healthservices@saic.edu

Residence Life
312.629.6870
student_life@saic.edu

Title IX Coordinator
Michael Nicolai
Vice President for Human Resources
116 S. Michigan Ave., Floor 12
Chicago, IL 60603
312.629.9411
mnicolai@artic.edu 

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
312.629.6800
fdublon@saic.edu

Off-Campus Resources

Chicago Police Department
911 for emergency calls
311 for non-emergency calls

Chicago Domestic Violence Helpline
877.863.6338

Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network
1 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 1630
Chicago, IL 60601
312.527.0730
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
800.799.7233

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Emergency Department
250 E Erie Street
Chicago, IL 60611
312.926.5188

Rape Crisis Hotline
888.293.2080

Rape Victim Advocates
312.443.9603
180 N. Michigan Ave., suite 600

Chicago, IL 60601
rapevictimadvocates.org

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
312.372.6600
1 N. LaSalle St., suite 1150
Chicago, IL 60602
ywcachicago.org

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:

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

Definition of “Consent” [PDF]
Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986 750 ILCS 60 [PDF]

Illinois Stalking Statutes

Aggravated Stalking, 720 ILCS 5/12-7.4 [PDF]
Cyberstalking 720 ILCS 5/12-7.5 [PDF]
Stalking 720 ILCS 5/12-7.3 [PDF]

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, dmartino@saic.edu 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