Know that most university faculty and staff must report incidents of sexual assault and relationship violence to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Ethics and Access for investigation. The Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services program and Student Counseling Services staff are not required to report. The university is required to follow up on all incidents of sexual assault and relationship violence and may investigate to support the university’s efforts to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all students. The survivor determines his/her level of participation in this process.
Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services Coordinator ((309) 438-7948) This individual is located in Student Counseling Services and is available to provide support, assessment, referral and information on additional resources. Immediate crisis counseling may be provided, in addition to arranging for a variety of needed services. Follow up services, counseling and ongoing support are also provided. This individual can accompany survivors to other appointments and can assist with filing a report if the survivor chooses to do so. This individual is not required to report incidents of sexual assault and/or relationship violence to the university.
Student Health Services (309) 438-2778) A variety of health care services are provided, including: examinations, treatments, urgent care, pregnancy testing, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, emergency contraception and follow up care for any injuries sustained during an assault. SHS does not do exams for collecting evidence (i.e. “rape kit”) as this can only be done at a hospital emergency room. Therefore, the ER may be the better place to go initially for any injuries sustained or for collection of evidence. This serves to keep you options open should you decide later that you wish to file a police report.
Student Counseling Services (309) 438-3655) Counseling staff provide a full range of confidential services related to personal concerns, including individual and group counseling as well as 24-hour crisis intervention services. Both male and female staff members are available, some of whom have a background in women’s issues and trauma. When contacting Student Counseling Services for an appointment, you may request a particular counselor. In an emergency situation, you may go directly to Student Counseling Services (320 Student Services Building) for assistance during regular office hours (Monday thru Friday 8:00a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesdays 8:00a.m. to 8:00p.m.). After hours assistance may be accessed by contacting PATH (a 24-hour crisis line) at (309) 827-4005 and speaking with a trained PATH volunteer or asking that they contact the ISU Counselor-on-Call. Student Counseling Services staff are not required to report incidents of sexual assault and/or relationship violence to the university.
Dean of Students Office (309) 438-2008 During academic business hours (8am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday) the Dean of Students or one of the associate deans is available to any student to discuss a problem or concern. Students may call, stop by the office in Bone Student Center, or e-mail the Dean on Duty. The Dean on Duty can assist with notifying faculty in the event that an absence from campus/classes is needed.
Community Rights and Responsibilities (309)438-8621) The student judicial system is responsible for reviewing allegations of student misconduct, convening a University Hearing Panel/Hearing Administrator to determine if violations of University Regulations occurred and determining sanctions for student misconduct.
Office of Equal Opportunity, Ethics and Access (309) 438-3383) The Office of Equal Opportunity, Ethics and Access is the office on campus responsible for ensuring that all members of the campus community follow established University policies and provide an education, working, and living environment free from prohibited harassment, discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual or dating violence. This is the office that receives, and investigates, reports of incidents involving sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and/or relationship violence. The university is required to follow up on all incidents of sexual assault and relationship violence and may investigate to support the university’s efforts to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all students. The survivor determines his/her level of involvement in this process and may decide not to participate in this process.
Disability Concerns (309) 438-5853) The Disability Concerns Office coordinates services for individuals with continuing or temporary disabilities. Services may include consultation with instructors and assistance to survivors in maintaining academic progress.
University Housing Services (309) 438-8611) If an individual feels a need to relocate due to the threat or perceived threat of an accused student, the individual may consult with the Hall Coordinator to explore options for a change in residence. The accused student may be relocated prior to the outcome of a judicial hearing.
University Police Department 911 or (309)438-8631) The ISU Police Department provides for the protection and welfare of the campus community, and, responds to and investigates reports of violations of University regulations.
PATH (Providing Access to Help) Crisis Center (309) 827-4005) PATH is the community-sponsored 24-hour crisis intervention telephone hotline.
YWCA Stepping Stones (Sexual Assault program) ((309) 662-0461) Stepping Stones provides 24-hour assistance for sexual assault and sexual abuse victims and their families in McLean County. Stepping Stones also offers groups for adult and teen-age survivors of sexual assault and abuse. This free, confidential service serves as the central sexual assault resource and referral agency for McLean County.
Countering Domestic Violence (309) 827-7070): This organization provides a 24-hour telephone hotline, support group, legal advocacy and emergency shelter (Neville House) for victims of domestic/relationship violence. Services are confidential.