Have You Been Accused of Sexual Misconduct?

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If you have been accused of sexual misconduct and are unsure what to do or whom to talk with, the following information will be helpful.

Do not contact the alleged victim.

There are offices on campus that can provide assistance to you. Students can contact the Student Assistance Center in the Office of the Dean of Students (217-333-0050) and the Office for Student Conflict Resolution (217-333-3680). Someone from one of these offices can explain the University reporting procedures and explain the student disciplinary process, including the process for obtaining no contact directives. For further information on the student disciplinary process, the FAQs about the Student Disciplinary Process may be helpful. Employees can contact the Office for Access & Equity (217-333-0885) for questions about reporting, workplace adjustments, and employee disciplinary procedures. Questions can also be directed to the Title IX & Disability Office.

Students can receive confidential counseling assistance on campus at the Counseling Center (217-333-3704) and McKinley Health Center (Mental Health) (217-333-2705). Employees can receive confidential counseling assistance at Faculty/Staff Assistance Services (217-244-5312).

Students participating in the student disciplinary process have a right to an advisor of their choice, provided the advisor does not also serve as a witness. The University will, upon request by a student complainant or respondent in a sexual misconduct case, provide an advocate to serve as advisor. To make such a request, please email the lead investigator assigned to the case or call the Office for Student Conflict Resolution at (217) 333-3680. Respondents and complainants 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.

Pending or during an investigation with the Office for Student Conflict Resolution, complainants or respondents may have requests around interim measures, including but not limited to restricting contact between parties, on-campus work schedule modification, changes in work or housing locations, and requests around temporary academic support or adjustments. The Title IX & Disability Office (217-333-3333) can be contacted to evaluate and coordinate such measures.

If a student complainant or respondent needs disability-related accommodations through the investigation, please contact Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) at (217) 333-4603 or disability@illinois.edu in order to have a letter of accommodation sent to the Office for Student Conflict Resolution. Employee complainants or respondents should contact the Office for Access & Equity at (217) 333-0885 or accessandequity@illinois.edu.

Sexual misconduct can be both a criminal offense as well as a violation of the University of Illinois' Sexual Misconduct Policy. A student or employee alleged to have engaged in a sexual misconduct may be subject to prosecution under Illinois criminal statutes and/or subject to discipline under the student discipline procedures or applicable employee discipline procedures. Criminal proceedings and University proceedings are separate processes and may have independent outcomes. A student found in violation of the Student Code may be subject to dismissal from the University. An individual found guilty of a crime may be subject to various criminal sanctions.

Portions of this page were adapted from the University of Montana Sexual Misconduct Resources website (2015).