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What is Sexual Misconduct?
Sexual misconduct refers to sex-based misconduct which includes such things as sexual- or gender-based discrimination or harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
Read further and select the navigation tabs above to learn more about the measures IECC takes to prevent and address sexual misconduct issues.
What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX 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.
An institution that receives Federal funds must operate its education program or activity in a nondiscriminatory manner free of discrimination based on sex, including sexual orientation and gender identity. Some key issue areas in which recipients have Title IX obligations are: recruitment, admissions, and counseling; financial assistance; athletics; sex-based harassment, which encompasses sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence; treatment of pregnant and parenting students; treatment of LGBTQI+ students; discipline; single-sex education; and employment.
Please see our Nondiscrimination Statement to learn more about the measures IECC takes to prevent and address sexual discrimination issues.
Report an Incident
Individuals are encouraged to report allegations of sexual misconduct in a timely manner. Assistance and support are available by completing the IECC Complaint Form (see link below), reaching out to IECC personnel directly, or contacting a Confidential Advisor.
To report an incident, or for questions or concerns you have related to sexual misconduct or the policy, contact IECC's Title IX Coordinator, Libby McVicker. [<<<click on the link for contact info.]
Students may wish to alternately report an incident or concern to a Responsible Employee. Responsible Employees at IECC include the following personnel:
- College and District Office Administration
- Supervisors and Managerial Staff
- Coaches and Athletic Directors
- Student Advisors and Student Group Advisors
Information reported to a Responsible Employee WILL be reported to the Title IX Coordinator and there is no guarantee that it will be kept confidential. You should most definitely indicate your desire to maintain your confidentiality so that measures can be taken to honor your wish. All matters will be handled discreetly and information shared on a strict need-to-know basis. However, if you would like to report, but remain anonymous, you should reach out to a Confidential Advisor rather than the Title IX Coordinator or a Responsible Employee.
You may reach out to a Confidential Advisor (below) who is under no obligation to contact or report to IECC; however, they may have reporting or other obligations under the law.
CAISA (website: https://www.sacis.org)
Serving Lincoln Trail, Olney Central, and Wabash Valley:
Olney Office 618-879-2130
Robinson Office 618- 544-9379
After-Hours Crisis Hotline: 888-345-2846
SAFE (website: https://safecrisiscenter.org)
Serving Frontier Community:
Mt. Vernon, IL Office 618-316-7017
After-Hours Crisis Hotline: 800-625-1414
Notification of Rights and Options
A victim of Sexual Misconduct has a right to report (or not report) the incident to Illinois Eastern Community Colleges. View the Notification of Rights and Options, including resources to assist a victim of sexual misconduct.
What happens after the Title IX Coordinator receives a report?
Upon receipt of a report, the Title IX Coordinator will analyze the report to determine the appropriate method for processing and reviewing it. For any report alleging sexual misconduct, the Title IX Coordinator will promptly contact the complainant to discuss the availability of supportive measures (with or without filing a formal complaint) and explain the process for filing a formal complaint.
Examples of supportive measures that IECC may offer include, but are not limited to:
- Counseling and mental health support;
- Extensions of deadlines or other course-related adjustments;
- Leaves of absence;
- Changes to academic, living, dining, transportation and/or working schedules or situations;
- Increased security and monitoring of certain areas of campus;
- Issuance and enforcement of mutual campus no contact orders; and
- Enforcement of an order of protection or no contact order entered by a State civil or criminal court.
IECC's Policy on Sexual Misconduct
IECC is committed to preventing and responding to alleged sex-based misconduct incidents. The Board has adopted the Preventing Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure (100.31) which outline the standards of conduct for all members of the IECC community, including employees, students, contractors, and visitors. Click here to view the complete policy and procedure.