Know My Rights and Options

To: UIS Students Who Report Having Experienced Possible Sexual Misconduct

From: Deanie Brown, J.D., UIS Title IX Compliance Coordinator, Associate Chancellor for Access & Equal Opportunity

 

Dear Students:

When you report having personally experienced incidents that may constitute sexual misconduct, UIS cares and you have rights and options!

  • You have the right to file a complaint with Law Enforcement
  • You have the right to file a formal complaint with the UIS Title IX Coordinator

UIS maintains a comprehensive Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policy and Complaint Procedures in compliance with applicable law, designed to prioritize safety and well-being while promptly, fairly, impartially, and thoroughly investigating complaints. Access the comprehensive UIS Policy.

You have the right to choose not to file a complaint or report! You have the right to privacy!

You may request that your identity be kept confidential and/or that UIS not investigate your concerns. The Title IX Coordinator evaluates each request, taking into account your desires, UIS’s responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students and employees, and other relevant factors. Requesting privacy or deciding not to file a complaint or report may limit the university’s ability to respond fully to an incident or initiate responsive action. The Uis title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policy includes protections against retaliation.

Whether or Not You Choose to File a Criminal or Title IX Complaint…

You have the right to our assistance accessing and navigating campus and local health and mental health services and counseling and advocacy services. You can get confidential counseling to help cope with an incident or to explore options, find needed resources, and get advice about – or before – reporting an incident.

You have the right to feel safe on campus!

If you wish to make your identity known, the UIS Title IX Officer can coordinate interim measures to immediately assist your well-being, including requesting police patrols or escorts or other assistance with your transportation situation; monitoring the presence of persons of reported concern; working with Residence Life and Housing to request a change in your living arrangements if remaining in your current Residence Life assignment makes you uncomfortable or feels unsafe; obtaining and enforcing a UIS-issued no contact order; and providing guidance regarding obtaining an order of protection or no contact order in a State court.

If you feel that your ability to perform well academically has been impacted by your experience, The Title IX Coordinator can work with the Dean of Students to assist you with any academic adjustments you might request, including advocating on your behalf with your professors if you are experiencing difficulty completing assignments or attending class due to safety concerns or impactful feelings. If you are an international student and withdrawing from classes based on your Title IX-related concerns impacts your Visa clearance profile, the Title IX Coordinator will work with International Student Services to support your active enrollment status.