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Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedures - 2C5 & 3C4

Each member of the University community shares a common responsibility to maintain an environment free from all forms of sexual harassment, including sexual violence 1 . Individuals who have concerns about sexual harassment should seek assistance or advice. Individuals are not required to reveal their identity in seeking advice, however, it may be necessary to reveal identity for the purpose of investigation. Members of the University community who have knowledge of such incidents should encourage victims of sexual harassment to consult with sexual harassment information advisors, if needed.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has adopted the following procedures to ensure compliance with the University Policy on Sexual Harassment.

  1. Definition of Sexual Harassment

    Definitions and examples of prohibited sexually harassing behaviors are found at 7. D. 1-4 of the Policies of the Board, the University Policy on Sexual Harassment.

  2. Consensual Relationships

    Consensual amorous or sexual relationships between faculty and students or between a supervisor and an employee may result in claims of sexual harassment, even when both parties appear to have consented to the relationship. The power differential inherent in such relationships may compromise the subordinate's free choice. When those in authority abuse or appear to abuse their power in a relationship, trust and respect in the University community are diminished. Moreover, others who believe they are treated/evaluated unfairly because of such a relationship may make claims of harassment.

    Therefore, it is a violation of this policy if faculty members become involved in amorous or sexual relationships with students who are enrolled in their classes or subject to their supervision, even when both parties appear to have consented to the relationship. No faculty, staff, or graduate assistant shall become involved in an amorous relationship, consensual or otherwise, with a student for whom that person currently has any teaching responsibility, including counseling and advising, coaching, supervision of independent studies, research, theses, and dissertations. In all cases in which an amorous or sexual relationship exists or develops, it is the obligation of the faculty member, staff member, or graduate assistant whose University position carries the presumption of greater power to disclose the relationship immediately to the appropriate supervisor who will contact the Office of the Provost for assistance in avoiding an appearance of impropriety and a potential conflict of interest.

    Additionally, it is a violation of this policy for a supervisor and a directly reporting employee to have a consensual amorous or sexual relationship with each other. In cases in which a consensual sexual or amorous relationship exists or develops between a supervisor and a directly reporting employee, it is the obligation of the supervisor to disclose the relationship immediately to his or her supervisor, who will contact the Office of the Provost or the Office of Equal Opportunity, Access and Title IX Coordination (EOA) for assistance in how to avoid an appearance of impropriety and a potential conflict of interest.

  3. Sexually Explicit Materials 

    Sexually explicit materials in the workplace or learning environment that have no relationship to the curriculum can contribute to a sexually harassing environment for employees and students. Such materials can be in the form of music, documents, photographs, film or computer generated materials. A complaint of sexual harassment may include allegations of sexually explicit materials.

  4. Informal Complaint Procedures

    Any student, employee, participant in a University sponsored activity or member of the public having contact with the University may utilize the following informal procedures, or may proceed directly to the formal procedures. However, for incidents involving allegations of sexual violence, informal procedures may not be used. A complaint may be filed against a student, employee, participant in a University sponsored activity or member of the public having contact with the University.

    1. Complaints Received by Supervisors

      1. Complainants are encouraged to seek assistance at the level of the lowest ranking supervisor or University official not related to the harassment. If a complaint, whether written or oral, is brought to the attention of a respondent's [Respondent is the person against whom a charge is brought] supervisor, department head, director, or dean, or to any of the vice chancellors or the chancellor, that official has the responsibility to take necessary action to attempt to resolve the complaint promptly. The official should consult with the EOA to determine the appropriate course of action.
      2. Whenever a complaint is made, a written report of the incident, including the name of the respondent and the action(s) taken to resolve the complaint, must be submitted to the EOA. The supervisor, or other University official who receives a complaint, is responsible for taking reasonable action to prevent retaliation against complainants and/or other individuals involved in the investigation process.

    2. Sexual Harassment Information Advisors

      The University has designated a number of individuals to serve as information advisors on the subject of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment information advisors are individuals familiar with the University Policy on Sexual Harassment who can assist those who have concerns regarding sexual harassment. Complainants, respondents, witnesses, or supervisors of parties to a complaint may consult sexual harassment information advisors. Such consultation does not constitute a formal complaint or grievance. Sexual harassment information advisors can provide information regarding:

      1. informal actions that might remedy the situation;
      2. University policy on sexual harassment and procedures for resolving complaints;
      3. applicable state and federal laws including procedures to file charges with state and federal agencies, and law enforcement, if applicable.

      Functional area heads will recommend individuals to serve as sexual harassment advisors. Advisors will be selected by the EOA on the basis of ability to maintain objectivity and confidentiality and to attend training. Sexual harassment advisors should include members from all employee groups, faculty, staff and civil service and will be representative of gender and racial diversity. Each building on the Edwardsville campus shall have one advisor; the East St. Louis Center and the Alton campus shall have at least one advisor. Advisors and building locations are listed at Appendix A.

      Individuals may also go directly to the EOA to file a complaint or seek information if they choose.

  5. Formal Complaint Procedures

    Formal complaints shall be made to the EOA. Formal complaints should be made in writing, however, all complaints, whether written or oral, will be investigated. (See Appendix B for complaint form.) Complaints shall be made no later than 60 calendar days following the last alleged incident of harassment. The EOA may waive the deadline where circumstances warrant. Upon receipt of a formal complaint, the EOA will proceed as follows:

    1. Within three (3) working days of receiving a complaint:

      1. Meet with the complainant to obtain details of the allegations and make a written record of the complaint. The written record should include the name of the complainant, the name of the respondent, a factual description of the incident(s) (including dates, times, places, and the names of any witnesses), and the remedy sought by the complainant.
      2. Advise the complainant of the necessity of maintaining confidentiality to the extent possible throughout the investigation process.
      3. Advise the complainant of his or her right to not have past sexual history discussed during the proceedings.
      4. Inform the complainant of his or her right to have a person of their choice, including an attorney, accompany them throughout the proceedings. However, the complainant is responsible for participating in the investigation process; any person chosen by the complainant to accompany him or her through the process may not speak or directly participate in the investigation, except to the extent that the person may be a witness.
      5. Advise the complainant that retaliation for having made a complaint of sexual harassment is strictly forbidden by University policy.
      6. Inform the complainant that interim measures may be available until the complaint is resolved. Interim measures may include, but are not limited to, alternate work assignments, changing sections of a class, completing class assignments with another instructor, or alternate living arrangements in the case of students residing on campus.
      7. Advise the complainant of his or her right to present witnesses who have direct knowledge of the complaint.

    2. Within five (5) working days of receipt of a complaint:

      1. Meet with the respondent to notify him or her of the specific allegations.
      2. Advise the respondent of due process options available.
      3. Advise the respondent of the necessity of maintaining confidentiality to the extent possible throughout the investigation process.
      4. Inform the respondent of his or her right to have a person of their choice, including an attorney, accompany them throughout the proceedings. However, the respondent is responsible for participating in the investigation process; any person chosen by the respondent to accompany him or her through the process may not speak or directly participate in the investigation, except to the extent that the person may be a witness.
      5. Advise the respondent that retaliation against a complainant for having made a complaint of sexual harassment is strictly forbidden by University policy.
      6. Allow the respondent five (5) working days to respond to the allegations.
      7. Advise the respondent of his or her right to present witnesses who have direct knowledge of the complaint.
      8. Notify the respondent's supervisor of the complaint, if applicable. In the case of faculty, the chairperson and the dean will be notified. In the case of other employees, the supervisor and the unit head will be notified.
      9. In the event the respondent is a student, the Dean of Students will be notified and if the student is a student worker at the University, the appropriate supervisor will receive notification. If the student is a graduate assistant, the appropriate supervisor, the Dean of the Graduate School, and the Dean of the School/College in which the graduate assistant is enrolled will receive notification.
      10. Inform the appropriate Vice Chancellor.

    3. The EOA will interview witnesses and any other appropriate individuals to fully investigate the allegations of the complaint.

    4. At all stages of this process, the EOA will assess whether a resolution is possible and attempt to resolve the complaint in the least disruptive, prompt and confidential manner. This ongoing assessment will include a consideration of whether mediation [Mediation is a process where the parties in disagreement resolve their differences by agreement with the assistance of an impartial mediator who facilitates a resolution in a private and confidential setting] could be beneficial and, if the EOA believes that mediation could successfully resolve the complaint, the complainant and respondent will be offered the opportunity to mediate. Mediation will not be offered in cases alleging any form of sexual violence.

    5. The EOA will assess whether interim measures are appropriate and make a recommendation for implementation of such measures to the appropriate University personnel.

    6. The complainant and the respondent will have opportunities to present information, rebut evidence and present witnesses to the EOA.

    7. Within thirty (30) working days of receipt of a complaint, the EOA will determine whether the Sexual Harassment Policy has been violated, make a written report of the findings and conclusions of the EOA and notify the complainant and respondent of the results of the investigation.

    8. In cases where the respondent is an employee, the EOA will notify the respondent's supervisor that the investigation is complete, and if a violation has occurred, will make recommendations for appropriate discipline according to Section X of this policy. Those who were originally notified of the complaint will receive a copy of the written report.

    9. In cases where the respondent is a student and where the EOA finds that the Sexual Harassment Policy was violated, within thirty (30) working days of receipt of a complaint, the EOA will notify the Dean of Students that a violation has occurred and will make a recommendation for appropriate discipline according to Section X of this policy. If the student is a graduate assistant or student worker, the appropriate supervisor and the Dean will receive notification. Those who were originally notified of the complaint will receive a copy of the written report.

    10. Between the time the written report is given to the appropriate supervisor/Dean and when discipline is imposed, there shall be no ex parte communications between the supervisor/Dean and any of the parties or witnesses to the complaint. After discipline is imposed, the complainant and the respondent shall receive a copy of the written report.

      Within five (5) working days of notification of the results of the investigation, either the complainant or respondent may notify the EOA of his or her wish to appeal the determination as to whether the Sexual Harassment Policy was violated. Where the appealing party is the respondent, he or she shall indicate whether he or she will appeal to the Sexual Harassment Panel, or through any applicable civil service procedures, collective bargaining or student conduct codes. This choice by the respondent will constitute respondent's exclusive avenue of appeal. Where the respondent elects civil service, collective bargaining or student conduct code procedures, the EOA shall forward the report to appropriate University personnel pursuant to the applicable procedure. Where the complainant appeals or the respondent elects to appeal to the Sexual Harassment Panel, within three (3) working days of receipt of the notice of appeal, the EOA shall initiate the appeal process.

  6. Appeal Process

    1. Sexual Harassment Panel

      Upon Appeal by either respondent or complainant, the Sexual Harassment Panel shall review the investigations of alleged sexual harassment which was conducted by the EOA to determine whether or not the Sexual Harassment Policy was violated.

      The Sexual Harassment Panel shall be drawn from a Pool composed of three representatives from each of the four functional areas governed by the Vice Chancellors. Functional area heads will recommend candidates for the Pool to the EOA, which will forward the recommendations to the Chancellor. The twelve members of the Pool will be approved by the Chancellor on the basis of ability to maintain objectivity and confidentiality, and to attend training. The Sexual Harassment Panel Pool shall include representatives from faculty, professional staff, and civil service and shall include both males and females and represent additional diversity.

      A Sexual Harassment Panel shall be composed of three members of the Sexual Harassment Panel Pool. None of the three panel members shall be drawn from the same school, college, or other reporting area as either the complainant or the respondent. Within three (3) working days of receipt of the notice of appeal, the EOA shall select the three members of the Sexual Harassment Panel, taking into account such factors as the nature of the complaint, the prior experience and availability of the eligible members of the Pool, and equitable gender representation on the Panel. Each member of the Panel will be provided with a copy of the EOA report.

    2. Procedures for Appeal

      The Sexual Harassment Panel will proceed as follows:

      1. Within seven (7) working days of receipt of the report from the EOA, convene to review and discuss the report and schedule a date for a hearing.
      2. Within seven (7) working days of receipt of the report from the EOA, advise the complainant and respondent of the date of the hearing and their right to have an advisor of their choice, including an attorney, present throughout the hearings. However, complainant and respondent are responsible for presenting their own cases; an advisor may not speak or participate directly in any hearing, except to the extent that the person may be a witness.
      3. Within ten (10) working days of receipt of the report, schedule a hearing to allow the complainant and respondent the opportunity to present information, rebut evidence, and present witnesses. In cases involving allegations of sexual violence, respondents will not be allowed to directly question complainants, and questions shall be provided to the Panel Chair for presentation.
      4. Allow the complainant and the respondent to remain present during the entire hearing. In cases involving allegations of sexual violence, complainants will not be required to have face-to-face contact with respondents.
      5. Within ten (10) working days of the conclusion of the hearing, determine whether the Sexual Harassment Policy has been violated and prepare a written report of the Panel's findings, conclusions and any recommendations for sanctions.
      6. Within ten (10) working days of the conclusion of the hearing, forward a copy of the Panel's report to the complainant, respondent, and the EOA.
      7. If the Panel makes a finding that the Sexual Harassment Policy was violated, the EOA will forward a copy of the Panel's report, including recommendations for sanctions, to the appropriate University personnel for implementation.
      8. Within ten (10) working days of receipt of the Panel's report and recommendations, the appropriate University personnel will impose sanctions as deemed appropriate.

    3. Appeal from Sexual Harassment Panel Findings

      Within five (5) working days of receipt of the Sexual Harassment Panel's report, either the respondent or complainant may provide written notice of appeal to the Office of the Chancellor. The Chancellor will review the record and either uphold or reverse the decision being appealed within ten (10) working days of receipt of the appeal. A complainant may also seek relief through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (1222 Spruce, Room 8.100, St. Louis, MO 63103); the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights - Chicago Office (500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661); the State of Illinois Department of Human Rights (222 South College, Floor 1, Springfield, IL 62704); and the courts.

  7. Confidentiality

    All parties involved in the complaint, investigation and appeal processes are obligated to protect the privacy of all persons involved. The University will take reasonable steps to ensure confidentiality, however, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.

    A confidential record of the complaint and any reports shall be maintained by the EOA. The record will contain all documentation on the sexual harassment complaint, actions taken, and the nature of the resolution. The file may be reviewed by legal counsel or the Office of Human Resources to ensure full compliance with legal requirements and observance of the rights of all parties involved.

  8. Exclusive Remedy

    The procedures set forth in this Policy shall be the exclusive remedy at the University level available to any person complaining of sexual harassment, with the exception of complaints of sexual violence or other criminal matters handled by law enforcement. This policy and related procedures do not apply to complaints of discrimination with respect to other protected categories. Complaints alleging discrimination and harassment are covered in the University's Non-Discrimination and Non-Harassment Policy and Procedures. The right of a person to prompt resolution of a complaint filed under this procedure shall not be impaired by the person's pursuit of remedies outside the University. Use of this procedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies. Individuals should be aware that the deadlines for filing a charge with the Illinois Department of Human Rights and with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are no later than 180 and 300 days, respectively, following the alleged act of sexual harassment.

  9. Substantial Compliance

    Substantial compliance with these procedures shall be deemed full compliance if the party challenging the procedures has suffered no substantial harm caused by the actual procedure used.

  10. Sanctions

    1. Employees and Other Individuals

      If there is a finding of sexual harassment against a University employee or another individual, the University may impose sanctions including, but not limited to:

      1. Apology to the victim
      2. Advice and counseling
      3. Required attendance at sexual harassment training
      4. Written warning
      5. Letter of reprimand
      6. Removal of sexually explicit material
      7. Required attendance at substance abuse training, if substance abuse was involved
      8. Loss of travel dollars
      9. Loss of choice assignments
      10. Change of job or class assignment
      11. Suspension, probation, termination
      12. Loss of access to the University

    2. Students

      If there is a finding of sexual harassment against a student or student group, the University may impose sanctions including, but not limited to:

      1. Apology to the victim
      2. Written warning
      3. Letter of reprimand
      4. Removal of sexually explicit material
      5. Prohibiting students from holding office or participating in activities such as sports events for a specified time
      6. Transferring the student to another class or job
      7. Disbanding or suspending a social organization or other student group involved in sexual harassment
      8. Transferring students to different housing or prohibiting them from living in institutional housing facilities
      9. Requiring attendance at substance abuse training, if substance abuse was involved
      10. Requiring relevant community service
      11. Requiring perpetrators to attend workshops on peer harassment
      12. Loss of student worker position or graduate assistantship
      13. Suspension, probation, dismissal or expulsion

  11. Retaliation 

    Retaliation against a student or an employee who complains of sexual harassment, or who participates in an investigation of a complaint, is prohibited. Retaliation is prohibited by University regulation, state and federal law and can lead to disciplinary action independent of the sexual harassment allegations.

  12. Frivolous or Malicious Charges 

    These procedures shall not be used to bring frivolous or malicious charges against fellow students, faculty or staff members. Disciplinary action under the appropriate University policies or procedures for students, faculty, and staff shall be taken against any employee or student bringing a frivolous or malicious charge of sexual harassment.

  13. Education and Training 

    Education and training for the University community is necessary to ensure individual personal safety and to protect the integrity of the University. All administrators and supervisors must complete training on sexual harassment. The Sexual Harassment Panel Pool and Sexual Harassment Advisors shall also complete the training.

    Annual sexual harassment education and training will occur to update and review sexual harassment issues.


¹ Use of the term "sexual harassment" throughout this document includes sexual violence unless otherwise noted. A number of acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.


Appendix A

Campus Sexual Harassment Advisors

Building Advisor
Alton Campus Angela Pritchett
Alumni Hall Natasha Smith
Art and Design Building Katie Poole
Birger Hall Kevin Martin
Cougar Village Vicky Dean
Counseling Services Jessica Ulrich
Dunham Hall, Kathryn Prince Wells
Early Childhood Center Christy Horton
East Saint Louis Center Shrylene Clark Langston
Engineering Building Tonja Asperger
Founders Hall Bill Searcy
Lovejoy Library Kathy Behm
Morris University Center, Delyte W. Joseph Pearson
National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center John Caupert
Peck Hall Catherine Seltzer
Rendleman Hall Richard Walker
School of Pharmacy Connie Stamper-Carr
Science Building Koung Hee Leem
Student Fitness Center Darleen Harmon
Student Success Center Mariam Tarantella
Supporting Services Kevin Schmoll
University Housing
Bluff Residence Hall Vicky Dean
Evergreen Residence Hall Sarah Kirkpatrick
Prairie Residence Hall Rex Jackson
Woodland Residence Hall Laura Mals
University Park Janet Haroian
Vadalabene Center Jaci DeClue

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Appendix B


EOA Complaint Form pdf

Approved by Chancellor effective 11/18/11
This policy was issued on March 19, 2014.
This policy was edited on November 18, 2014, replacing the October 9, 2014 version.
Document References: 2C5 & 3C4
Origin: OP 4/9/96; OC 9/1/98; OC 1/18/01; OC 7/1/05; OC 2/5/07; OC 11/18/11

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