Title IX General Information

Overview / Title IX Coordinator / Training & Education / Events

EVENTS
Spring Term Events
February - Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
April - Sexual Assault Awareness/Prevention Month / Month of Action /Day of Action April 5th

Fall Term Events
September 15 - RAINN day
October - Domestic Violence Awareness Month

TRAINING & EDUCATION
In our commitment to continuously educate our campus community on topics of equal opportunity, discrimination- including sex discrimination, affirmative action and all other federal and state mandated requirements, the College offers various trainings and workshops throughout the academic year.

Required training for all employees: Workplace Harassment and Prevention for Employees
Required training for all students:Haven, Alcohol EDU

TITLE IX COORDINATOR
The college’s Title IX Coordinator oversees compliance with all aspects of the sexual discrimination, harassment and misconduct policy. The college has designated the Manager, Compliance and Effectiveness as the Title IX Coordinator. Questions about this policy should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator. Anyone (including third parties) wishing to make a report relating to sex/gender-based discrimination or harassment may do so by reporting the concern to the Title IX Coordinator.

Title IX provides policy guidance and protections for students in 4 major categories:

1. Sexual Misconduct complaints and adjudications
2. Equity in Student Athletics
3. Pregnant and parenting student accommodations
4. Equity for LGBTQ students

Title IX issues for employees are remediated by the Assistant Title IX Coordinator, David Cronan, the Executive Director of Human Resources.

OVERVIEW
Prairie State College recognizes the diversity of students, faculty, staff, and community as integral to lifelong learning. We are committed to building an inclusive, accessible, and supportive environment on campus. Prairie State College embraces the diversity of individual beliefs and opinions, and supports diversity in religion, gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, age, and socioeconomic status. The college adheres to policies and procedures that discourage harassment and any other behavior that infringes upon the freedom and respect every individual deserves.

Prairie State College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, age, gender, disability, ancestry, marital status, military discharge status, national origin, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors in its educational programs, activities, or employment policies in conformance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act, and relevant sections of the Illinois Human Rights Act. This policy complies with the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Violence Against Women Act, which mandate procedures to address sexual violence.

The college’s Title IX Coordinator oversees compliance with all aspects of the sexual discrimination, harassment and misconduct policy. Anyone (including third parties) wishing to make a report relating to sex/gender-based discrimination or harassment may do so by reporting the concern to the Title IX Coordinator:

For student concerns:
Ms. Tiffany Brewer
Title IX Coordinator
Phone: (708) 709-3653
Office Location: Main Building, Room 2143
Email: tbrewer1@prairiestate.edu

For non-student concerns:
David Cronan
Assistant Title IX Coordinator
Phone: (708) 709-3585

MAKE A REPORT: Student Complaint Form

Sexual Discrimination, Harassment, and Misconduct Policy (C-9) and Procedures

Statement of PurposeAdministrationInterim MeasuresEducation, Prevention and Training 

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Members of the Prairie State College (“college”) community, guests, and visitors have the right to be free from all forms of sexual discrimination, harassment, and misconduct, examples of which can include acts of sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. The college believes in zero tolerance for sexual discrimination. 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 victim and community are remedied, including serious sanctions when a responding party is found to have violated this policy. This policy has been developed to reaffirm these principles and to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. This policy is intended to define community expectations and to establish a mechanism for determining when those expectations have been violated.

ADMINISTRATION : Title IX Coordinator
The college’s Title IX Coordinator oversees compliance with all aspects of the sexual discrimination, harassment and misconduct policy. The college has designated the Manager, Compliance and Effectiveness as the Title IX Coordinator. Questions about this policy should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator. Anyone (including third parties) wishing to make a report relating to sex/gender-based discrimination or harassment may do so by reporting the concern to the Title IX Coordinator.

Ms. Tiffany Brewer
Title IX Coordinator
Phone: (708) 709-3653, Email: tbrewer1@prairiestate.edu 
Office Location: Main Building, Room 2143

A sexually harassing hostile environment is created when conduct by an individual is so severe, pervasive, or persistent that it denies or limits an individual’s ability to participate in or receive the benefits, services, or opportunities of the college’s educational programs or activities or the individual’s employment access, benefits, or opportunities. In determining whether a hostile environment has been created, the conduct in question will be considered from both a subjective and an objective perspective of a reasonable person in the alleged victim’s position, considering all the circumstances.

Confidential Advisors: as noted in Section III(D) above, a person who is employed or contracted by the college to provide emergency and ongoing support to student survivors of sexual violence. Confidential advisors receive 40 hours of training on sexual violence before being designated as confidential advisors, and thereafter receive a minimum of six hours of annual training on issues related to sexual violence. Confidential advisors also receive period training on the college administrative process, interim protective measures and accommodations, and complaint resolution procedures. Individuals designated as “Responsible Employees” in Section V(B), below, are not confidential advisors.
Contact information for such Confidential Advisors is as follows:

Designated College Confidential Advisor:
Shannon Word, Personal Counselor
(708) 709-3511; Office 1190

INTERIM MEASURES
The college will remain ever mindful of the victim’s well-being, and will take ongoing steps to protect the victim from retaliation or harm and work with the victim to create a safety plan. Retaliation against the victim, whether by students or college employees, will not be tolerated. The college also will:

  • Assist the victim in accessing other available victim advocacy, academic support, counseling disability, health or mental health services, and legal assistance both on and off campus;
  • Provide other security and support, which could include the college obtaining a no-contact order, helping to change working arrangements or course schedules (including for the alleged perpetrator(s) pending the outcome of an investigation) or adjustments for assignments or tests; and
  • Inform the victim of the right to report a crime to campus or law enforcement – and provide the victim with assistance if the victim wishes to do so.

The college may not require a victim to participate in any Title IX investigation or in a disciplinary proceeding against a student.

Because the college is under a continuing obligation to address the issue of sexual discrimination, harassment and misconduct campus-wide, reports of such incidents (including non-identifying reports) will also prompt The college to consider broader remedial action – such as increased monitoring, supervision, or security at locations where the reported incident occurred; increasing education and prevention efforts, including to targeted population groups; conducting climate assessments/victimization surveys; and/or revisiting its policies and practices.

Retaliation
Retaliating against a person who has, in good faith, filed, supported, or participated in an investigation of a complaint of any type of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct as defined above is prohibited. Students accused of retaliation will be subjected to the procedures of the Code of Student Conduct, and employees accused of retaliation will be subjected to Department of Human Resources procedures.

EDUCATION, PREVENTION AND TRAINING

Prevention and Education for Students
The college will review on an ongoing basis its sexual discrimination, harassment, and misconduct prevention and education programming to ensure students are provided substantive opportunities to learn about sexual discrimination, harassment, and misconduct, including primary prevention, bystander intervention, risk reduction, consent, reporting methods, relevant college policies and procedures, retaliation, survivor-centered and trauma-informed response, relevant definitions, and other pertinent topics.

Initial training on Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence: Title IX, VAWA and Clery Act, will be offered to every new student during their first semester of enrollment.

All first-time, full-time students who attend mandatory orientation will receive information about sexual harassment and assault from the First Year Experience staff.

The college, in conjunction with its campus-wide and/or regional task force established pursuant to the Campus Security Enhancement Act of 2008 (110 ILCS 12/10), will annually review its prevention and education offerings to identify ways in which to enhance its effectiveness.

Training
The Title IX Coordinator, PSC Police, responsible employees, victim advocates, and anyone else involved in the receipt of reports of, responding to, investigating or adjudicating alleged incidents of sexual discrimination, harassment and misconduct receive annual education and training on primary prevention, bystander intervention, risk reduction, consent, reporting obligations, investigation procedures, confidentiality requirements, relevant College policies and procedures, retaliation, survivor-centered and trauma-informed response, relevant definitions, and other pertinent topics.

Training for faculty and staff on Title IX policies and reporting procedures will be offered regularly each semester through the Human Resources Office.

In addition to the above training, individuals who resolve complaints receive at least 8-10 hours of annual training on issues related to sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and how to conduct the college’s complaint investigation and appeal procedures pursuant to Article VIII, above.

All confidential advisors receive 40 hours of training on sexual violence before being designated a confidential advisor. Annually thereafter, confidential advisors attend a minimum of six (6) hours of ongoing educational training on issues related to sexual violence. Confidential advisors also receive periodic training on the college administrative process, interim protective measures and accommodations, and the college’s complaint investigation and appeal procedures pursuant to Article VIII, above.

The college, in conjunction with its campus-wide and/or regional task force established pursuant to the Campus Security Enhancement Act of 2008 (110 ILCS 12/10), will annually review its training offerings to identify ways in which to enhance its effectiveness.

Title IX Resources

General Information / Faculty & Staff / Students / Pregnant & Parenting Students / Responding Party

RESPONDING PARTIES RIGHTS | Download PDF

  • To be treated with respect by Prairie State College officials.
  • To take advantage of campus support resources (Prairie State College Counseling and Academic Advising Center services or the Employee Assistance Program for employees).
  • To have an advisor during this process.
  • To refuse to have an allegation resolved through conflict resolution procedures.
  • To receive amnesty for minor student misconduct (such as alcohol or drug violations) that is ancillary to the incident.
  • To be free from retaliation.
  • To have reports heard in substantial accordance with these procedures.
  • To be informed in writing of the outcome/resolution of the report and the rationale for the outcome.

PREGNANT & PARENTING STUDENTS RESOURCES | Download PDF
Protections
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits schools that receive federal funds from discriminating against students on the basis of sex, which includes a student’s “actual or potential” parental, family or marital status and a student’s “pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy or recovery there from.” Generally speaking, this means that schools must give all students who might be, are or have been pregnant (whether currently parenting or not) equal access to school programs and extracurricular activities, and schools must treat pregnant and parenting students in the same way that they treat other students who are similarly able or unable to participate in school activities. Please see Board Policy C-9: Sexual Harassment at prairiestate.edu, for complete details

What specifically does Title IX require with respect to pregnant and parenting students?
1. A school must provide equal access to school and extracurricular activities for students who are pregnant, who have been pregnant, or who have a child, and special services provided for temporarily disabled students must be provided for pregnant students as well.
2. Separate programs or schools for pregnant and parenting students must be completely voluntary and must offer opportunities equal to those offered for non-pregnant students.
3. Absences due to pregnancy or childbirth must be excused for as long as deemed medically necessary by the student’s doctor.
4. A doctor’s note can be required for pregnant students to participate in activities only if the school requires a doctor’s note from all students who have conditions that require medical care.

STUDENT RESOURCES | Download PDF
Reporting Obligations
Who: Students, employees, and third parties connected with PSC What: Violations of the PSC Sexual Discrimination, Harassment and Misconduct Policy Where: Violations that occur on college premises, at college-sponsored activities, and at off-campus locations (in specific circumstances outlined fully in policy) The full policy, including important definitions, investigation, and resolution process, and FAQ’s,
is available on the PSC Website prairiestate.edu/

Options for Assistance
You do not need to determine whether or not a policy has been violated. If you think you have survived a violation of this policy, trained staff and resources can assist you. Examples of conduct that constitute violations of this policy:

  •  A student who coerces his/her girlfriend/boyfriend who is also a student into having sex;
  • A faculty member who gives a passing grade to a student in return for sexual favors;
  • A staff member who assaults his/her partner who is also a staff member.

It is important to keep in mind that a violation of this policy is not your fault. Many resources exist, on and off campus, to assist you with recovery and any reports you wish to make, including:

Confidential Reporting Options (On-Campus)
1. Confidential Advisor: Shannon Word
2. Counseling and Academic Advising Center Counselors

Non-Confidential Reporting Options (On-Campus)
1. Title IX Coordinator: David Cronan, (708) 709-3585, Room 2403
2. PSC Police Department: (708) 709-7777, Room 1100 3. Responsible Employees: All faculty and some Staff can offer support and resources.

Amnesty for Victims and Witnesses
If a student is hesitant to report an incident because of another violation occurring at the same time (e.g., under-age drinking) PSC offers amnesty for minor policy violations surrounding the incident.

Interim Measures
PSC will take ongoing steps to protect the survivor from retaliation or harm. Retaliation against  a reporting party is a violation of this policy. Some interim measures include:

  • Assisting the survivor in accessing legal, medical, and academic assistance
  • Providing the survivor with security and other support (for example, rearranging a course schedule)
  • Inform survivor of right to report incident to campus or law enforcement
  • Educational measures that do not identify the survivor, but address violation
Responsible Employees at Prairie State College Include the following:
- Title IX Coordinator 
- Asst. Title IX Coordinator 
- College Administrators
- Vice Presidents
- Deans
- Assistant - Deans
- Directors
- PSC Police
- Advisors of student clubs/organizations 
- Head Coaches of teams
- Faculty Members
- Staff

The above list is not exhausive.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Statement of Purpose
Members of the Prairie State College community, guests, and visitors have the right to be free from all forms of sexual discrimination, harassment, and misconduct, examples of which can include acts of sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. The college believes in zero tolerance for sexual discrimination. 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 victim and community are remedied, including serious sanctions when a responding party is found to have violated this policy. This policy has been developed to reaffirm these principles and to provide resources for those individuals whose rights have been violated.

Roles and Responsibilities To Know

Role Responsibility
Confidential Advisor A Confidential Advisor is a designated PSC employee trained to provide ongoing support to student survivors of sexual violence.
Counselors Counselors are PSC employees fully licensed and trained to assist students with mental health issues, including survivors.
Human Resources Partners with Title IX Coordinator when complaint involves a college employee; responds to all complaints solely involving employees or third parties. Title IX Coordinator PSC employee who handles all Title IX cases; not a confidential advisor or resource.
Responsible Employee Not confidential advisors or resource; a PSC employee who has the authority to redress violations of this policy, who has the duty to report incidents of student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty; responsible employees are defined in the fully policy.
Mandated Reporter A person who, by virtue of his or her job, is legally required to report to authorities any suspected or confirmed abuse of children. Illinois identifies seven groups of mandated reporters, including personnel of institutions of higher education. Mandated reporters are required to report suspected child maltreatment immediately when they have “reasonable cause to believe” that a child known to them in their professional of official capacity may be an abused or neglected child.
Campus Security Authorities - (CSAs) Must report all applicable crimes to the Prairie State Police Department. CSAs include individuals associated with campus police department and other officials who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities; and individuals/units designated in PSC’s campus security policy as persons/units to which students and employees should report criminal offenses.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What constitutes a violation of policy?
    The full policy describes each type of violation. But, you do not have to determine whether a violation occurred; help is available to you regardless.
  • What if drugs and/or alcohol were involved?
    The policy includes provisions to encourage survivors to report without concern regarding facing discipline for illegal activity occurring around the violation.
  • Will the parents be informed:
    No, unless the survivor informs them.
  • Does the victim pay for medical/legal/counseling care?
    Medical: Illinois law covers emergency medical care (i.e., rape kit) for victims.
    Counseling: Free through PSC and some off-campus resources.
    Legal: Survivors do not need to retain a private attorney but may do so if they wish.

Range of Sanctions
Students of employees found in violation of this policy are subject to sanctions included in the Code of Conduct, employee guidebooks, collective bargaining agreements, etc.; up to and including expulsion or termination

From The PSC Sexual Discrimination, Harassment and Misconduct Policy
Members of the Prairie State College community, guests and visitors have the right to be free from all forms of sexual discrimination, harassment and misconduct, examples of which can include acts of sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The college believes in zero tolerance for sexual discrimination. 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 victim and community are remedied, including serious sanctions when a responding party is found to have violated this policy.

FACULTY & STAFF RESOURCES | Download PDF
Reporting Obligations
A responsible employee is a college employee who has the authority to redress sexual discrimination, harassment, or misconduct, who has the duty to report incidents of such or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty. When a student victim tells a responsible employee about an incident of sexual discrimination, harassment, or misconduct, the student victim has the right to expect the college to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and to resolve the matter promptly and equitably. If a student reports a potential violation to you; your role is to refer them on, not to decide if it is a violation.

1. Before Disclosure
Ensure student knows your reporting obligations; if the student wants to maintain confidentiality, direct the student to confidential advisor/counselors
2. Refer to Resources
Title IX Coordinator, Confidential Advisor, Counseling and Academic Advising Center, PSC Police
3. Report Details
Report all relevant details about the alleged sexual violence (date, time, location, victim, and alleged perpetrator info) to the Title IX Coordinator

On-campus Counseling, Advocacy, and Support
Title IX Coordinator, Tiffany Brewer, (708) 709-3653, Room 2143
Asst. Title IX Coordinator, David Cronan, (708) 709-3585, Room 2403
Prairie State Police Department, (708) 709-7777, Room 1100
Counseling and Academic Advising, (708) 709-3506, Room 1190
Confidential Advisor, Shannon Word, (708) 709-3511, Room 1190

Off-campus Counseling, Advocacy, and Support
Pillars 24-hour sexual assault hotline (708) 482-9600
Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline (888) 293-2080
YWCA South Suburban Agency (708) 748-5672
Muires Latinas en Accion (773) 890-7676
Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (217) 753-4117
Illinois Department of Human Rights (312) 814-6299
Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (Bridgeview Complex, 5th District (708) 974-6250
Crisis Center for South Suburbia (708) 429-7233
City of Chicago Domestic Violence Help Line (877) 863-6338