As noted above, all College employees are obligated to share with the Title IX Coordinator or a member of the Title IX team any information they receive regarding an incident of sexual misconduct or of which they become aware unless they are expressly prohibited by law from disclosing such information. At Knox, counselors at the Counseling Center and medical personnel at the Health Center are among those who are not required to disclose the information as they have professional obligations to maintain the confidentiality of their clients. Anyone who feels that s/he has been the victim of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct as defined in the Policy is encouraged to bring it to the attention of the Title IX Coordinator or a member of the Title IX team for assistance. The Title IX team at Knox consists of the Title IX Coordinator, the Director of the Knox College Department of Campus Safety, and the Deputy Title IX Coordinators.
The Title IX team is responsible for the prompt and impartial review, investigation and resolution of all reports of sexual misconduct, along with the provision of interim remedies and measures to support all individuals involved and to ensure that they are treated with dignity and care. They are empowered to provide interim remedies and measures to support all individuals involved in these situations and to protect the safety of the campus community through these measures. The scope of the team's responsibilities includes addressing off-campus conduct that affects members of the Knox community as well as on-campus conduct.
The College encourages all individuals who feel they have been victims of sexual misconduct to seek immediate assistance from a medical provider for emergency services, including treatment of any injury, and to collect and preserve physical and other forms of evidence. Seeking medical attention preserves the full range of options, including the options of working through the College's grievance procedures and/or filing criminal complaints.
The Title IX team will assist students with transportation to a hospital if they so request, with making contact with appropriate law enforcement authorities upon request and with accessing all appropriate resources and support.
Any pending criminal investigation or criminal proceeding may have some impact on the timing of the College's investigation, but the College will commence its own investigation as soon as is practicable under the circumstances. The College reserves the right to commence and/or complete its own investigation prior to the completion of any criminal investigation or criminal proceeding.
Knox's authority to sanction members of the College community applies only to the violation of College rules, policies and procedures. Legal action to pursue either civil or criminal proceedings may be initiated by contacting the police or the State's Attorney. Students who believe they are the victims of a crime as defined by federal and state laws are encouraged to report to law enforcement authorities as the legal system of the State of Illinois offers recourse through law enforcement officials and the courts. The College's Title IX Coordinator and the Knox College Campus Safety Department are available to assist students with any reports they might wish to make to law enforcement authorities.
Individuals who feel they have been victims of sexual misconduct may require time and support in reaching the decision as to whether to make formal complaints. There are confidential resources on campus and in the community available to individuals who do not wish to make a formal report to the campus. These resources include:
Confidential resources on campus
Health and Counseling Center 309-341-7492
Counselors and medical personnel at the Health and Counseling Center can provide emotional and medical support in a safe and confidential space. They are not required to disclose your identifying information as they have professional obligations to maintain the confidentiality of their clients. They can also help you think through your options for filing a formal report.
Knox College Silent Witness Online Form for anonymous reporting: www.knox.edu/witness/silent.html
Confidential resources in the community
1188 W. Main Street
24-Hour Local Crisis Line: 309-343-7233
Western Illinois Regional Council (WIRC)
24-Hour Crisis Line: 309-837-5555
RAINN: Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
24-Hour National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
311 E. Main Street, #409
Additional Reporting Information
The College also has an online mechanism for anonymous reporting of acts of sexual misconduct with complete confidentiality to the Department of Campus Safety: http://www.knox.edu/witness/silent.html. These reports will be sent to the Title IX Coordinator who will make every effort to respond, but the College's ability to respond to an anonymous report may be limited.
The College encourages individuals to report as soon as practically possible, but there is no time limit on reporting. The College will undertake a Title IX investigation of past events, but it cannot typically impose disciplinary sanctions on an individual who is no longer a member of the Knox community (e.g., a student who has graduated or an individual who is no longer in the employ of the College).
In order to encourage the reporting of alleged misconduct, the College will not pursue disciplinary action against any student (including a Complainant or third party witness) involved in the investigation of a violation under this Policy who has violated College policy regarding alcohol or other drugs provided that such violations did not/do not place the health or well-being of any person at risk. At its discretion, the College may choose to pursue educational interventions for such policy violations.