FAQs for Reporting
Does information about a complaint remain private when I report it to the University?
The campus will support an individual’s desire to keep a complaint private, except when that request interferes with the University’s obligation to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students, faculty, and staff. In any case, the University will take steps to protect the student bringing the complaint and limit disclosure of information to those who have a need to know. Students, or staff who are not Responsible Employees for reporting purposes, can choose to talk through an incident of sexual misconduct with a confidential resource before making a report, to better understand reporting options. Students, or staff who are not Responsible Employees, may also consult with the Title IX Coordinator to obtain information outlining the formal complaint process or information on contact information for confidential resources before making a report or filing a formal complaint.
Do I have to give names and other details?
If you are not a Responsible Employee bound to meet the obligation to provide detailed reports, you can choose whether to identify the alleged offender or not. However, if you want UIS to pursue an investigation of your concerns, you must name the person you believe to have violated the Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policy. If you don’t wish to pursue a formal complaint from which an investigation will be launched it is strictly your choice whether you name the person or persons about whom you have concerns. However, please be aware that choosing not to name the alleged offender may limit UIS’s ability to respond comprehensively to the sexual conduct of concern.
What is the difference between confidential and non-confidential resources?
Confidential resources, like the Counseling Center or off-campus victim advocacy services such as the Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault, are not required to report incidents you share with them to the police or the University. There are legal protections for the discussions you have with confidential resources. Non-confidential resources, such as professors, academic advisors, resident advisors, coaches, and supervisors, are legally obligated to report incidents of possible or observed sexual misconduct to the UIS Title IX Coordinator, the Associate Chancellor for Access and Equal Opportunity. If you are not a Responsible Employee, a decision to choose to report only to confidential resources is absolutely okay and the Title IX Coordinator or other involved UIS administrators and other employees will not judge you for it or push you to report.
Where can I make a confidential report or get advice first?
On campus, the UIS Counseling Center is the confidential resources. In the community, the Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault and the Sojourn Shelter and Services for victims of domestic or dating violence are confidential resources. For contact information, please see your Rights and Options.
How long do I have to file a report?
UIS encourages you to immediately report incidents of sexual misconduct if you are comfortable doing so, but understands there may be uncertainty about whether or how to proceed. If you choose to file a formal complaint, please note the time limits for internal or external complaints in the UIS Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policy. Faculty and staff who are made aware of sexual misconduct must immediately report the incident to the UIS Title IX Coordinator.
Will I be punished if I was drinking or using drugs when the incident happened?
Where a student has experienced sexual misconduct while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, the University will not pursue disciplinary action against that student for their improper use of such substances. Please review the Amnesty provision in the UIS Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policy for more information.