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Sexual Misconduct


Kim Schrader

Title IX Coordinator

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401

309-337-6536 (mobile)

309-341-7751 (office)


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Knox College affirms its commitment to create and maintain an environment free from acts of sexual assault and other types of sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence and stalking, and to foster within that environment respect for the dignity of all members of the community. Accordingly, Knox College will not tolerate any acts of sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence or stalking.

Dare to CareConsent is informed, freely given, and mutual. If coercion, intimidation, threats, or physical force are used, there is no consent. If a person is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired so that such person cannot understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual situation, there is no consent; this includes impairment or incapacitation due to alcohol or drug consumption, or being asleep or unconscious. There is no consent when there is force, expressed or implied, or use of duress or deception upon the victim. Silence does not constitute consent. Past consent to sexual activities does not imply ongoing future consent. Whether an individual has taken advantage of a position of influence over an alleged victim may be a factor in determining consent.

Sexual misconduct includes sexual assault, inducing incapacitation for sexual purposes, sexual exploitation, and relationship violence.

Sexual assault means an actual or attempted sexual contact with another person without that person's consent. Sexual assault includes, but is not limited to:

  • Involvement in any sexual contact when the victim is unable to consent. Intentional and unwelcome touching of, or coercing, forcing, or attempting to coerce or force another to touch a person's intimate parts (defined as genital area, groin, inner thigh, buttocks, or breast).
  • Sexual intercourse without consent, including acts commonly referred to as "rape."

Inducing incapacitation for sexual purposes includes using drugs, alcohol, or other means with the intent to affect or having an actual effect on the ability of an individual to consent or refuse to consent (as "consent" is defined in this policy) to sexual contact.

Retaliation The College prohibits retaliation against an individual for opposing any practices forbidden under the Policy Against Sex Discrimination, including Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct, for bringing a complaint of discrimination or harassment, for assisting someone with such a complaint, for attempting to stop such discrimination or harassment, or for participating in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a complaint of discrimination or harassment. It is central to the values of the College that any individual who believes he or she may have been the target of prohibited discrimination or harassment feels free to report their concerns for appropriate investigation and response, without fear of retaliation or retribution.

What To Do If You Experience Sexual Misconduct

It is most important to do what is right for you. There is no right or wrong way to respond to an act of sexual misconduct. If you or someone you know has been assaulted, a variety of resources are available and we encourage you to consider the following actions:

Seek Medical Attention

Seek medical attention at a local hospital. In the emergency room, doctors and nurses can treat any injuries, test for and treat sexually transmitted infections, and test for pregnancy. A medical exam will also help collect evidence in case you decide now or at a later time to pursue criminal charges or legal action.

Seek Support
Talk to someone you trust. There are people on campus and in the community who are trained to help you cope with the experience and examine your options.

Anyone who feels that s/he has been the victim of sexual misconduct is encouraged to bring it to the attention of the Title IX coordinator or a member of the Title IX team. 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.

Know Your Resources

Be familiar with the Knox College approach to addressing reports of sexual misconduct.

If Someone You Know Is Assaulted

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Printed on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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