TITLE IX MEMBERS AND ROLES
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), 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 anybody 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 judgment and the inability to make decisions or communicate intentions. Consent may not be given by someone who is unconscious or unaware, or for any reason is unable to communicate her/his intention.
Who can I report to?
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 TIU’s campus or during an event that is supported or hosted
by the University elsewhere.
What are the Complainant’s Rights & Options?
What are the Respondent’s Rights & Options?
TITLE IX REPRESENTATIVES’ CONTACT INFORMATION
Stephanie Sherrill, Human Resources
Title IX Deputy
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
Title IX Online Reporting
Online Reporting Form
Local Police Departments
Deerfield 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, and 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
the 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.
A Safe Place
20 South County Street
Waukegan, IL 60085
Z-Center (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
File a Report
The university is required to report all sexual assaults 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)
Susan Corapi, Confidential Advisor
How to Help?
Protective measures can be requested at any time
The following are examples of resources
Title IX Training Materials