You have the right to:

Report or not to report.

TTIC encourages all members of the TTIC community to report violations of its sexual misconduct policy, whether they are a victim or a bystander. However, we realize that because of the sensitive nature of such violations, victims may be reluctant to come forward. TTIC provides a 24-hour Confidential Advisor from Rape Victim Advocates to help victims:

The Confidential Advisor is not required to alert TTIC or police regarding violations. To report a violation to a Confidential Advisor, call:

(773) 907-1062

If you decide to report a violation of TTIC’s sexual misconduct policy to TTIC, you can:

Request and receive assistance from counseling, law enforcement and/or medical professionals.

To report an incident of sexual violence, contact any of the organizations listed below. These organizations are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Hotlines:

Chicago Metro Rape Crisis Hotline (YWCA): 888-293-2080

Chicago Domestic Violence Line: 877-863-6338

LGBT Anti-Violence Project (Center on Halsted): 773-871-2273

All hotlines provide crisis counseling and information regarding sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. Survivors and friends of survivors can call. The hotlines can also provide information on local hospitals, such as what hospitals will have a victim advocate or SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) available.

Other resources:

Chicago Police Department: 911 or 9-911 from a campus phone

University of Chicago Police Department: (773) 702-8181 or 1-2-3 from a campus phone

University of Chicago Medical Center Mitchell Emergency Room (closest hospital to campus) (773) 702-6250, 901 East 58th St.

The Mitchell Emergency Room follows specific policies and procedures, approved by the State, in treating an individual who has been sexually assaulted. The State will pay for emergency room care for victims who have been sexually assaulted and do not have health insurance; if a victim provides health insurance information to the emergency room, the emergency room will bill the insurance company and the policy holder will be notified as usual.

More resources for victims of sexual misconduct are outlined in the Resource Guide.

A report to any of these organizations does not automatically equate to a report to TTIC. To ensure a report to TTIC, follow the steps in the Report or Not Report section.

Request and receive assistance from TTIC.

Upon receiving a report of a violation, TTIC will assist the victim in accessing and navigating services that may be available to them. These services include campus and community resources for physical and mental health, guidance in the complaint resolution process and legal services to assist in obtaining orders of protection or no-contact orders.

At the request of the victim, TTIC will modify academic and working situations to encourage the comfort and safety of the victim. These modifications are available to the victim upon receipt of a report. TTIC will also comply with all no-contact orders and court orders of protection.

A timely resolution of your complaint.

Once TTIC has received a report of a violation of the Sexual Misconduct policy, TTIC will move quickly to investigate. All Investigators and Sanctioning Bodies involved in the investigation have received trauma-informed training, and are required to behave with confidentiality and fairness.

The Reporter, Respondent (person the complaint is lodged against) and other witnesses are interviewed separately by a trained Investigator regarding events, usually within 3 calendar days of the report. During this time, interim measures to protect the Reporter and/or the TTIC community at large may be implemented.

The Investigator then evaluates the evidence and statements and sets the date for a formal Compliance hearing. This hearing is held within 60 days of the initial complaint and is used to present final evidence. After the formal Complaint hearing, the Investigator determines the validity of the complaint on the basis of a preponderance of the evidence; in other words, whether it is “more likely than not” that the violation of policy occurred. If the claim is substantiated, the Investigator presents his/her findings to the Sanctioning Body for their decision regarding any sanctions against the Respondent. Both the Reporter and the Respondent are notified of the findings of the investigation at the same time.

The Respondent has the right to appeal the decision of the Sanctioning Body, under limited circumstances. Sanctions may be carried out, as determined on a case-by-case basis by the Sanctioning Body, while appeals are pending.

For specifics on the complaint resolution process, see Section 6, Investigation and Resolution of Alleged Violations of the Sexual Misconduct Policy, of the iTTIC Policy on Sexual Misconduct.