FAQs about Reporting
- Does information about a complaint remain private when I report it to the University?
The campus will support an individual's desire to keep a complaint private, except when that request interferes with the University's obligation to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students. In any case, the University will take steps to protect the student bringing the complaint and limit disclosure of information to those who have a need to know. Students can choose to talk through an incident of sexual misconduct with a confidential resource before making a report to better understand reporting options.
- What is the difference between confidential and non-confidential resources?
Confidential resources, like counseling or victim advocacy services, are not required to report the incident to the police or the University. There are legal protections for the discussions you have with confidential resources. Non-confidential resources, such as professors, academic advisors, resident advisors, coaches, and supervisors, are legally obligated to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the University Title IX Coordinator in the Title IX & Disability Office. Neither type of resource is better than the other. There is no right or wrong way to handle this.
- Where can I confidentially report an incident on campus?
There are several confidential resource options on campus and in the community for individuals who want to maintain confidentiality. On campus, confidential resources include the the Counseling Center, McKinley Health Center, and the Women's Resources Center (WRC). The WRC has staff designated as confidential advisors, trained and dedicated to provide support and advocacy. Those staff members are Sarah Colome, Director, and Molly McLay, Assistant Director. In the Champaign-Urbana community, Rape Advocacy Counseling & Education Services (RACES) provides confidential counseling and support. For contact information, please see Resources for Students.
- What happens when a report is sent to the Title IX Coordinator?
When the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator receives a report of sexual misconduct, a representative from the Title IX Office will contact the student to offer to set up a meeting. The student is not required to meet with a Title IX Coordinator although the University strongly encourages students to do so. In the meeting, the student can share as much or as little information as they want. No matter how much information the student shares, meeting with a Title IX Coordinator can be helpful to understand various options for support and available actions. If the student wants support resources or wants to take further action, a Title IX Coordinator can help facilitate connecting the student to those resources and determining possible next steps. The student may be accompanied by an advisor of their choosing, provided the advisor does not also serve as a witness, to any university meeting or proceeding relating to an alleged incident of sexual misconduct, including the intake meeting with the Title IX Office. Visit Confidential Resources – Campus for more information about the confidential advisors in the Women’s Resources Center.
- If I am a student, will the University tell my parents if they receive a report?
No. Because the University's primary relationship is with students — not their parents — the University will not inform the parents of either party (the complainant or the respondent) named in an report. However, the University strongly encourages students to inform their parents, especially if the student faces major medical, disciplinary, or academic jeopardy.
- Do I have to name the alleged offender in my report to the University?
You can choose whether to identify the alleged offender or not. If you want the University to pursue an investigation through the student disciplinary process, you must name the alleged offender. If you choose not to pursue an investigation through the student disciplinary process, you do not need to name the individual. However, you should be aware that failure to name the alleged offender may limit the University's ability to respond comprehensively to the alleged sexual misconduct.
- If at first I choose not to file a report with the University regarding an incident of sexual misconduct, how long do I have to file one?
The University encourages individuals to immediately report incidents of sexual misconduct, but we recognize that you may be uncertain at first about how to proceed. Although there is no specific time limit, we recommend reporting as soon as possible. Faculty and staff who are made aware of sexual misconduct must immediately report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator.
- Will a student be punished when reporting sexual misconduct if they have illegally used alcohol and/or other drugs?
Where a student has experienced sexual misconduct while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, the University will not pursue disciplinary action against the student for their improper use of such substances. Please review the Statement on Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan Procedures, for more information.
Resources & Support
- Counseling Center
- McKinley Health Center
- Women's Resources Center (Confidential Advisors)
- Rape Advocacy Counseling & Education Services (R.A.C.E.S.)
- Courage Connection (Domestic Violence)
- Champaign, Urbana, or University Police Departments
(217) 333-8911 (Non-Emergency)
- Office for Access & Equity
- Student Assistance Center
(Office of the Dean of Students)
- Office for Student Conflict Resolution