Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that states:

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

 

Members of the Illinois Valley Community College community, guests, and visitors have the right to be free from all forms of sex/gender harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct, examples of which can include acts of sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. 

Therefore, it is the policy of the Board of Trustees of Illinois Valley Community College to provide an educational and employment environment free from all forms of sexual misconduct, sexual and other harassment of employees, students and other individuals at any College facilities or in connection with any College activities. Additionally, this policy will also apply to misconduct that occurs off-campus insomuch as it materially and substantially interferes with the college’s operational and educational programs or the safety and welfare of the college community. Finally, retaliation for making a good faith complaint of harassment or for participating in a harassment investigation is also prohibited.

The College believes in zero tolerance for sex/gender based misconduct. Zero tolerance means that when an allegation of misconduct is brought to an appropriate administrator’s attention, protective and other remedial measures will be used to reasonably ensure that such conduct ends, is not repeated, and the effects on the reporting party and community are remedied, including serious sanctions when a responding party is found to have violated this policy.

The College uses the preponderance of the evidence (also known as “more likely than not”) as the standard for proof of whether a violation occurred. Resolution proceedings, such as a Title IX investigation, are conducted to take into account the totality of evidence available, from all relevant sources.

Through this policy, it is the intent of the Board to comply with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act of 1972 (Title IX), and the Illinois Human Rights Act. The IVCC Student Code of Conduct also prohibits harassment by students.

Definitions, Resources, & Reporting Options

 

Reporting

 
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VAWA & SaVE Act

In 2013, President Obama reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which included the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE Act).

The SaVE Act requires all federally funded institutions to promote transparency regarding reporting of incidents of sexual misconduct (domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking) by employees or students in the Campus Crime Statistics chart above. 

Additionally, any individual reporting an incident of sexual misconduct must and will be provided with written rights to:

  • Be assisted by campus authorities if reporting a crime to law enforcement
  • Change academic, living, transportation, or working situations to avoid a hostile environment
  • Obtain or enforce a no contact directive or restraining order
  • Have a clear description of their institution’s disciplinary process and know the range of possible sanctions
  • Receive contact information about existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, and other services available both on-campus and in the community

The SaVE Act also requires all federally funded institutions to clarify institutional policies and disciplinary procedures and defines the minimal standards by which said policies and procedures must maintain.  At IVCC, Administrative Procedure updates are currently at the Board of Trustee level for review and approval.

Specifically, institutions must ensure that:

  • Disciplinary hearing provide a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution and are conducted by officials receiving annual training on domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking
  • Both parties (complainant and defendant)  may have others present during an institutional disciplinary proceeding and any related meeting
  • Both parties (complainant and defendant) will receive written outcomes of disciplinary hearings at the same time

Finally, the SaVE Act requires all federally funded institutions provide ongoing primary prevention and awareness campaigns and training for incoming students and new employees.

Said campaigns must include:

  • Safe and positive options for bystander intervention
  • Information on risk reduction to recognize warning signs of abusive behavior
  • Ongoing prevention and awareness programs for students and faculty

IVCC has chosen to partner with Workplace Answers to conduct training for employees and Campus Answers to conduct training for students.  Information on the training program will be emailed to students, announced via BlackBoard, and detailed in the student newspaper.

Information on VAWA reauthorization was also distributed during New Student Convocation on August 14, 2015.

For additional information, contact IVCC Title IX Coordinator Mark Grzybowski in the Counseling Center, CTC 202, by phone at 815-224-0393, or email at Mark_Grzybowski@ivcc.edu.

Resources:

The Clery Act

Know Your IX

Office for Civil Rights: Department of Education