Survivors of sexual harassment have the right to:
TCSPP Community Members may make a report to the Title IX Coordinator, a Responsible Employee, local law enforcement, or a medical professional. TCSPP Community Members may also contact a professional counselor, domestic violence counselor or confidential advisor. TCSPP encourages those impacted by sexual harassment to talk to someone identified in one or more of these groups.
While TCSPP Community Members are encouraged to use their own judgment in terms of whom they chose to discuss reports of sexual misconduct with, TCSPP Community Members must also understand that TCSPP can only investigate and respond to incidents of sexual misconduct that it becomes aware of. A Complainant who at first requests confidentiality may later decide to file a complaint with TCSPP or report the incident to local law enforcement and thus have the incident fully investigated. In order to investigate claims under Title IX, an official signed complaint must be filed with TCSPP.
It is important to preserve evidence as it may be necessary in providing proof of criminal activity or in obtaining a protection order. Evidence is best collected as soon as possible or at least within 72 hours of the assault. Assistance with evidence preservation can be provided by medical and/or law enforcement personnel.
1. Off campus options:
Professional counselors, domestic violence counselors and pastoral counselors who are not employed by TCSPP are not required to report information about an incident to TCSPP's Title IX Coordinator without a Complainant's permission. Counselors who provide services to TCSPP Community Members through Student Solutions (information here) or the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) (information here) are not required to disclose reports of sexual harassment to TCSPP's Title IX Coordinator. While professional and non-professional counselors and advocates may maintain a Complainant's confidentiality vis-à-vis TCSPP, they may have reporting or other obligations under state law. A Complainant should ask the counselor to explain their ability to protect the Complainant's privacy and to maintain confidential communications.
In Illinois, a TCSPP Community Member may contact a confidential advisor at the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago via its hotline. The YWCA offers free, confidential services that are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. To speak to a confidential advisor, please call the hotline at 888.293.2080, identify yourself as a member of the TCSPP Community, and ask for a confidential advisor.
All communications between a confidential advisor and a Complainant pertaining to an incident of sexual harassment, including all records kept by the confidential advisor in the course of providing the Complainant with services related to the incident of sexual harassment, shall remain confidential unless (1) the Complainant provides written consent for the disclosure of the communications; (2) failure to disclose would result in a clear, imminent risk of serious physical injury to or death of the Complainant or another person; or (3) failure to disclose would violate state or federal law.
2. On campus options:
TCSPP Community Members may report to the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, or any Responsible Employee.
A Responsible Employee must report to the Title IX Coordinator all relevant details about the alleged sexual harassment shared by the Complainant and that TCSPP will need in order to determine what happened including the name(s) of the Complainant and alleged Respondent, 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 TCSPP's response to the report. A Responsible Employee should not share information with law enforcement without the Complainant's consent or unless the Complainant has also reported the incident to law enforcement.
If the Complainant wants to tell the Responsible Employee what happened but also maintain confidentiality, the employee should tell the Complainant that TCSPP will consider the request, but cannot guarantee that it will be honored. In reporting the details of the incident to the Title IX Coordinator, the Responsible Employee will also inform the Coordinator of the Complainant's request for confidentiality.
A formal complaint must be submitted and signed by the Complainant or the Title IX Coordinator in order to be investigated under the Title IX policy.
Formal complaints submitted under Title IX are subject to inclusion in publicly available recordkeeping, including Clery Act reporting and disclosures, without the inclusion of personally identifying information about the Complainant.
3. Reporting to Law Enforcement:
TCSPP Community Members may report to law enforcement officials and may pursue the filing of a criminal complaint. An individual considering making a criminal complaint who has questions or concerns about confidentiality is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency to obtain additional information about the agency's reporting obligations to other entities, its ability to protect an individual's privacy, and its ability to have confidential communications during the criminal complaint process. Contact information for law enforcement agencies serving TCSPP campuses can be found here.
4. Reporting to Medical Professionals:
TCSPP Community Members may make a report to medical professionals. Medical professionals may be covered by federal and/or state privacy laws, such as HIPAA. In addition, under state law, medical professionals may be required to alert police when it reasonably appears that the individual requesting treatment has received an injury sustained as a victim of a criminal offense, including sexual violence. However, it is the individual's choice as to whether they want to speak to the police.
Supportive measures for both the Complainant and the Respondent may be put in place. Supportive measures may be provided even if a formal complaint is not filed and regardless of whether a report is made to law enforcement. If requested by a Complainant or Respondent and reasonably available, supportive measures may include changes to academic and/or work situations.
In addition, TCSPP will provide assistance, if requested, with obtaining and enforcing campus no contact orders, obtaining assistance with living, dining, and transportation, and will honor an order of protection or no contact order entered by a state civil or criminal court.
The Title IX Coordinator shall review all requested supportive measures, shall determine what is available and appropriate and shall notify the party requesting the supportive measures of the determination. Supportive measures may be kept in place until the conclusion of the Title IX investigation, sanctioning, and appeal processes, where applicable.
TCSPP will maintain the privacy of the supportive measures, provided that privacy does not impair TCSPP's ability to provide the supportive measures. TCSPP will act to ensure as minimal an academic impact on the parties as possible. TCSPP will implement measures in a way that does not unreasonably burden any party.
The Chicago School's complaint resolution procedures are explained in detail in Section C.VII of the Anti-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment, and Title IX Policy. Sexual misconduct which does not fall under Title IX will be addressed via the general discrimination process in Section B of the Policy.
In summary, the Title IX procedures require the following response upon the receipt of a formal complaint of sexual harassment:
1. Notice will be sent to the Complainant and the Respondent of the individual who will be conducting the investigation so that both parties may request a substitution if participation of the designed person poses a conflict of interest;
2.The Title IX Coordinator will review any requested supportive measures and accommodations and determine whether any are appropriate;
3. An investigation will be conducted by trained personnel who will interview the Complainant and Respondent, identify and locate any witnesses, and contact and cooperate with law enforcement, if applicable. Informal resolution may be used in some circumstances. The investigator will take steps to protect the privacy of the Complainant and the Respondent throughout the investigation. Both parties have the right to provide information and witnesses to the investigator;
4. During any meetings or proceedings, the Complainant and the Respondent are entitled to have a Title IX Advisor present;
5. The Complainant and the Respondent will receive updates on the status of the investigation upon request;
6. After the investigation, the case is moved to a formal hearing managed by an external Decision Maker unless the responding party admits responsibility for the violation and waives a hearing. In that case, an external Decision-Maker determines appropriate sanctions.
The hearing process includes the following:
Title IX Coordinator
Jennifer Stripe Portillo E-mail: [email protected] Phone: (213) 615-7264
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Dr. Lauren Friedman E-mail: [email protected] Phone: (202) 706-5007
Title IX Support Staff
Jill Glenn Phone: (312) 410-8991
Dr. Wendy Schiffman Phone: (312) 329-6627