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Title IX (Sexual Misconduct)
WHAT IS TITLE IX?
Title IX states that: “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.”
TRINITY INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY TITLE IX POLICY MISSION STATEMENT
Trinity International University (University) is committed to maintaining a Christ-centered community, free of discrimination, including all forms of sexual intimidation and exploitation. Accordingly, the University will not tolerate any acts of sexual assault or sexual violence on its students, faculty, or staff. The University will also attempt to protect the University community from sexual assault or sexual violence by its vendors, consultants, and third parties who interact with members of the University.
TITLE IX MEMBERS AND ROLES
Investigating Officer – an employee appointed by the University who is trained to respond to formal and informal complaints of sexual assault.
Respondent – an individual or group of individuals against whom an allegation of sexual assault is made.
Responsible Officer – an administrator to whom a complaint is reported. Responsible Officers ensure the complaint is addressed according to policy and procedures and may or may not
act with a grievance offer in resolving the situation. Complaints should be directed to the Responsible Officer(s) as identified below. When more than one Responsible Officer is listed, Complaints may report the complaint to either office.
Title IX Coordinator – the University will designate an individual o serve as the Title IX
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is sexual harassment?
Sexual Assault – any actual, attempted or threatened physical sexual act with another person without that person’s consent. It includes, but is not limited to, sexual acts perpetrated by force (expressed or implied), or duress, deception or coercion upon the victim. It includes acts referred to as “date rape” or “acquaintance rape,” and specifically includes sexual acts involving a victim who is incapable of giving consent due to age, disability or impairment by alcohol or drugs. Sexual assault generally will constitute a crime punishable under Illinois statutes. In reported instances of sexual assault, law enforcement will be contacted by the Responsible Officer or the head of Campus Safety and Security. Sexual assault includes, but is not limited to rape.
What is rape?
Rape as required by the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) the University employs the FBI definition for rape: Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim:
What is sexual violence?
Sexual Violence – includes domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
Domestic Violence – is defined as a pattern of abusive behavior that is used by an intimate partner to gain or maintain power and control over the other intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.
Dating Violence – is defined as violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
Stalking is defined as a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
What is the definition of consent?
Consent – explicit, informed, voluntary, and mutually understandable communication to willingly participate in specific sexual activity without pressure, threats, coercion, force, or intimidation. Either person must also be able to withdraw consent and cease any sexual activity at any time. A current relationship, having previous sexual encounters, or silence from the individual may not be taken as an indication of consent. Similarly, a passive response or sexual advances that are not resisted physically or verbally do not constitute consent. Someone who is not of legal age, has a mental disorder, or is physically or mentally incapacitated may not give consent. The use of alcohol or drugs may render an individual incapable of giving consent due to impaired judgement and the inability to make decisions or communicate intentions. Consent may not be given by someone who isunconscious or unaware, or for any reason is unable to communicate her/his intention.
Will my report be confidential?
The University will seek to honor any requests by an alleged Complainant to keep his or her
name confidential. At the same time, the University, in order to facilitate a safe and non-
discriminatory educational environment, may find it necessary to pursue disciplinary action
in a manner that requires disclosure of the student’s identity to an alleged perpetrator. In
the case of such an event, the University will inform the alleged Complainant prior to
making this disclosure and take whatever interim measures are necessary to protect the
alleged Complainant and ensure the safety of other students.
Does it make a difference if the sexual misconduct occurs on or off campus?
The reported offenses have to have occurred on campus event that is supported and hosted
by the University.
What are the Complainant’s Rights & Options?
What are the Respondent’s Rights & Options
TITLE IX REPRESENTATIVES CONTACT INFORMATION
Linda Brundidge, Director of Human Resources
Title IX Coordinator
Stephanie Sherrill, Human Resources
Title IX Deputy
Amanda Onapito, Vice President of Student Life
Mary Guthrie, Assistant Dean of Students
Javier Michel, Director of Residence Life
Heather Logue, Athletic Director
Aron Forch, Campus Safety and Security Manager
Irvin Jerry, Head Women’s Basketball Coach
TITLE IX RESOURCES
If you are in an emergency situation, dial 911 for local police or medical personnel. You can
also reference the available resources below.
Trinity International University Crime Statistics Data
TIU Crime Statistics Data
Title IX Policy & Procedures
Sexual Assault Policy
Police & Security
Bannockburn Police Department
2275 Telegraph Rd
Bannockburn, IL 60015
Campus Safety and Security Services
847-317-6400 (24 hours a day)
Advocate Condell Medical Center Emergency Room
639 S. Stewart Ave
Libertyville, IL 60048
Highland Park Hospital Emergency Room
777 Park Ave West
Highland Park, IL 60035
Lake Forest Hospital Emergency Room
660 N. Westmoreland Rd
Lake Forest, IL 60045
For the purpose of evidence collection, we suggest that you avoid drinking, eating, showering,
brushing your teeth, combing your hair, changing your clothes. If you have done any of
these things, evidence may still be collected and it remains important for you to seek
medical attention. If you have changed your clothes, take the clothes you were wearing at
time of the assault to the hospital in a paper bag. If you have not changed your clothes, it
may be a good idea to bring a change of clothes to the hospital.
The university encourages individuals to report sexual misconduct as soon as possible, but
there are no time restrictions.
Off Campus Resources
A Safe Place
20 South County Street
Waukegan, IL 60085
Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center
4275 Old Grand Avenue
Gurnee, IL 60031
Community Youth Network
18640 E Belvidere Road
Grayslake, IL 60030
Crisis Line 847-587-3100
IL Domestic Violence Hotline: 877-863-6338
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
RAINN, National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-4673
On Campus Resources
[email protected] (during business hours)
847-317-4062 (during business hours)
File a Report
The university is required to report all sexual assault to law enforcement. If you are unsure about filing a police report, consider contacting these confidential resources:
Campus Safety and Security Services
847-317-6400 (24 hours a day)
How to Help
Title IX Training Materials
Student success rates can be found here for:
Overview of financial aid:
To view the need-based and non-need-based federal, state and institutional financial aid that is available to students, financial aid steps required, and how funds are distributed to students, visit the Financial Assistance section of our University catalog
Information on loans:
The terms and conditions under which students receive Direct Loans and Perkins Loans
Financial aid requirements:
To view Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards Required for Financial Aid, visit the Satisfactory Academic Progress page of our University catalog.
Tuition refund policies:
Federal aid eligibility for study abroad programs:
If you enroll in a study abroad program approved for credit by TIU, those credits can be considered as enrollment in TIU for purposes of applying for federal student aid. To apply for federal aid, a student must submit a FAFSA here. Please contact the TIU Student Financial Services office at [email protected] for additional information.
Student body diversity information for Pell Grants:
View a PDF of information on student body diversity in the categories of gender and ethnicity of enrolled, full-time students who receive Federal Pell Grants
If you are selected for “Verification” by FAFSA:
Up to 30% of applications are selected at each school by the Department of Education for verification. A student whose FAFSA is selected for this process cannot receive any federal or state aid until the verification is completed. If your FAFSA application is selected for verification by the Department of Education, the Student Financial Services Office will provide you with documents explaining the procedures. View information regarding verification here.
Private (alternative) loan information:
Rights and responsibilities for state financial aid:
View a PDF of the state of IL MAP Grant Guidelines.
Rights and responsibilities for federal financial aid:
Terms and conditions of employment-based financial aid:
View the terms and conditions of any employment that is part of the financial aid package for all locations
Detailed loan information:
To view the terms of, the schedules for, and the necessity of loan repayment and required loan entrance (first-time borrowers) and exit counseling, and terms and conditions under which student loan deferments may be requested, click the links beneath:
Teacher Preparation Program Report:
View the Teacher Preparation Program Report – Title II here
Drug and Alcohol Abuse:
Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act Survey & Report:
The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) requires co-educational postsecondary institutions that participate in a Title IV federal student aid program and offer an intercollegiate athletic program to prepare an annual report to the Department of Education on athletic participation, staffing, and revenues and expenses, by men’s and women’s teams. The Department will use this information in preparing its required report to the Congress on gender equity in intercollegiate athletics. EADA is designed to make current and prospective students aware of a school’s commitment to providing equitable athletic opportunities for its men and women students. The Department of Education has provided a website http://ope.ed.gov/athletics/ that provides data from thousands of college and universities in a convenient searchable form.
To access information for our institution, please visit http://ope.ed.gov/athletics/ and click on ‘Get Data For One School’, enter ‘Trinity International University – Illinois’ in the Name box and choose ‘Continue’, select ‘Trinity International University – Illinois’ and choose ‘Continue’. Copies of the current EADA Survey and EADA Report are on file in the Athletic Business Office (Meyer Sports Center, Office 109), and are available upon request to students, prospective students, and the public.
Trinity International University strives to provide a high quality education, consistent with our mission of educating men and women for faithful participation in God’s redemptive work in the world by cultivating academic excellence, Christian fidelity, and lifelong learning. If concerns arise regarding grades, interpretation of policies, and/or other matters, students should follow the appropriate appeal process, as outlined in their school’s catalog (for academic matters) or student handbook. Questions about finances or fees should be addressed to the Student Financial Services office.
If a concern cannot be resolved through the aforementioned processes, the student may make a formal complaint to the appropriate Dean’s office. Formal complaints should be addressed in writing, and be dated and signed. If resolution cannot be reached with the dean, the student may choose to submit the formal complaint to the Provost/Chief Academic Officer or the university president.
Illinois Campus (Deerfield):
If a student has exhausted all avenues of resolution as outlined above within the university and the complaint cannot be resolved, the student may file a complaint with the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) or with the university’s accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission.
Florida Regional Center:
If a student has exhausted all avenues of resolution as outlined above within the university and the complaint cannot be resolved, the student may file a complaint with the Commission for Independent Education or with the university’s accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission.
Trinity Law School/California Regional Center:
If a student has exhausted all avenues of resolution as outlined above within the university and the complaint cannot be resolved, the student may file a complaint with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education or with the university’s accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission.
Online or Distance Education Complaint Resolution:
Students enrolled in distance education/online classes should follow the institutional complaint resolution process as outlined above. If all avenues of resolution within the university have been exhausted and the complaint cannot be resolved, the student may contact the university’s accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission, or the appropriate state agency for the student’s state of residence. State agency details can be found by clicking the relevant state below.
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