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Sexual Respect and Title IX @ NLU

Title IX Coordinator:


Danielle Laban
312.261.3162
dlaban@nl.edu


Office of Student Experience:
StudentExperience@nl.edu

We encourage you to practice awareness in all of your interactions. Regardless of intent, sexual misconduct (behaviors, actions and statements) impacts the NLU community and its members. Men and women can commit sexual misconduct, and it can occur between people of the same or different sex. Please use this page as a reference for more info regarding NLU's Sexual Misconduct Policy.

 

NLU complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on sex or gender identity through sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, relationship violence and stalking. 

Our Title IX Coordinator                                     

Danielle Laban, our campus Title IX Coordinator, is available to you and responsible for:                            

  • the University’s compliance with federal and state laws and University policies and procedures regarding gender discrimination, harassment, relationship violence, stalking, and other forms of sexual misconduct.
  • investigating all allegations of prohibited discrimination and harassment, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual misconduct
  • providing training to recognize and prevent incidents of sexual misconduct.
  • collaborating with other campus offices to encourage best practices to promote a culture of inclusion.
  • being available to advise any individual, including the complainant and the respondent about University and community resources and reporting options
  • providing assistance to any University employee regarding how to respond appropriately to a report of sexual misconduct or relationship violence.

NLU is committed to preventing, reporting and addressing all incidents of sexual misconduct. To report violations and learn more about support resources, file an NLU Incident Report at www.nl.edu/letusknow and contact Danielle Laban, Title IX Coordinator, at dlaban@nl.edu.

Retaliation

Persons who report sexual misconduct or relationship violence, file a complaint or participate in the University’s investigation and handling of such reports or complaints, shall not be subject to retaliation (including retaliatory harassment) for reporting or participating, even if the University finds that the policy was not violated using the preponderance of the evidence standard.

Retaliation is defined as an adverse action or adverse treatment against an individual involved in an investigation by an individual who knew of the individual’s participation in the investigation.

No one may intimidate, threaten, coerce, or discriminate against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX because an individual has made a report or compliant, testified, assisted, participated or refused to participate in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under this part.

Prevention Education and Training 

NLU will provide training on sexual misconduct prevention, reporting and response for all Responsible Employees and students through various platforms. Training is required of all Responsible Employees and will be provided online to faculty and staff at time of hire and annually. Students will be offered online training at the time of New Student Orientation. Continuous training events and programming will be held virtually and on various campuses throughout the year for the NLU community including a robust Sexual Assault Prevention Month every April. Those University officials with increased duties of response, advocacy and confidentiality will be required to attend additional

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT & RELATIONSHIP VIOLENCE POLICY

National Louis University is committed to maintaining a learning environment for all students that supports educational advancement on the basis of academic performance. Sexual misconduct and relationship violence are not tolerated at National Louis University.

The University will respond to complaints, reports or information about incidents of sexual misconduct and relationship violence by stopping the prohibited conduct, eliminating hostile environments, taking steps to prevent the recurrence of prohibited conduct, and addressing its effects on campus or in any University programs and activities.

The purpose of this policy is to define prohibited conduct and describe the process for reporting violations of the policy, investigating alleged violations of policy, and identifying resources available to students who are involved in an incident of sexual misconduct or relationship violence.

Scope of Policy

This policy also confirms NLU’s obligation to provide involved parties with concise information, written in plain language, concerning rights and options upon receiving a report of an alleged violation of this policy. A copy of NLU’s University’s notification of rights and options can be obtained by contacting the Title IX Coordinator or on nl.edu/sexualrespectandTitleIX

This policy applies to all members of the University community - faculty, staff, and students – regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Members of the University community shall not engage in sexual misconduct or relationship violence. Persons who do so are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge for employees and dismissal for students. The University also prohibits sexual misconduct by third parties.

This policy applies to all forms of sexual misconduct and relationship violence committed by or against a student when:

•The conduct occurs on campus;

•The conduct occurs off-campus in the context of University programs or activities, including but not limited to, graduate/professional programs, University- affiliated programs or events; and/or University housing.

Sex Discrimination

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination at institutions of higher education. The University prohibits gender discrimination in any of its programs or activities. Sexual harassment, sexual assault and other kinds of sexual violence, are forms of sex discrimination. This policy and its related procedures apply to complaints alleging all forms of sex discrimination (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence). For the purposes of this policy, references to sexual misconduct include sexual and gender-based harassment, assault, and violence, including relationship violence.

Faculty and Staff Reporting Obligations

If any member of the NLU faculty or staff learns of sexual misconduct prohibited by this policy, he or she is obligated to immediately report that information to the Title IX Coordinator. Employees who receive information about sexual misconduct in a confidential relationship as defined in this policy, including Confidential Advisors and employees authorized to receive confidential disclosures, are not subject to this reporting obligation.

Definitions

Complainant: an individual who is alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and/or relationship violence.

Reporting Party:  A reporting party is an individual other than the complainant who files a report of sexual harassment, relationship violence or other sexual misconduct on behalf of or about events involving a complainant.

Respondent: The respondent is an individual who has been reported to be the perpetrator of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and/or relationship violence.

Standard of Evidence and Burden of Proof: The standard of evidence for determining whether an individual has violated this policy is the preponderance of evidence standard.  The burden of proof and the burden of gathering evidence sufficient to reach a determination regarding responsibility rests on the University, not the parties.  A respondent will be presumed not responsible for the alleged conduct until a determination regarding responsibility is made at the conclusion of the grievance process.

Roles & Responsibilities

Advisor

All parties may be accompanied by one (1) Advisor of their choice, and this individual can be selected at any stage in the grievance process. The Advisor may assist a party through the Title IX process, including providing support and guidance, but will not be allowed to interfere with the investigation of a complaint. The Advisor will have access to the investigative report and all collected evidence and is responsible for any cross-examination or questions during the hearing.  If a party does not have an Advisor, one will be provided by the institution. The contact information for each advisor who will appear at a hearing needs to be provided to the Title IX Coordinator by the complainant or the respondent at least five business days prior to the start of the hearing.  

Confidential Advisor

A Confidential Advisor is available as an additional resource to complainants to as an informed, supportive professional who can assist the complainant throughout the investigative and hearing processes. The Confidential Advisor can refer parties to resources or services for survivors of sexual misconduct as well as liase with on campus administrators and law enforcement. The Confidential Advisor is an available resource to the complainant with or without a formal complaint. A respondent also may have access to a Confidential Advisor upon request.

Formal Process Decision-Maker(s)

The hearing board members will operate as the formal process decision-makers and are responsible for facilitating the hearing following a formal complaint and investigation. The formal process decision-makers facilitate the hearing to ensure that each party’s Advisor has an opportunity to cross-examine and ask relevant questions and follow-up questions during a hearing. The formal process decision-makers hold sole authority to make determinations regarding whether a question is relevant. The formal process decision-makers are responsible for leading the hearing board during a hearing and deliberation and are responsible for issuing a written determination to both parties that includes findings, responsibility, rationale for the decision and sanctions. The hearing board members may designate one member of the hearing board to serve as the a hearing administrator tasked with facilitating the conduct of the hearing and managing hearing procedures.

Appeal Officer

The Appeal Officer is responsible for reviewing all submitted appeals in accordance with the procedures outlined within this policy. The Appeal Officer will be an individual other than the Title IX Coordinator, investigator or formal process decision-maker(s).

Title IX Coordinator

The University’s Title IX Coordinator is responsible for the University’s compliance with federal and state laws and University policies and procedures regarding gender discrimination, harassment, relationship violence, stalking, and other forms of sexual misconduct. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for investigating all allegations of prohibited discrimination and harassment, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual misconduct, and provides training to recognize and prevent such incidents. The Title IX Coordinator also collaborates with other campus offices to encourage best practices to promote a culture of inclusion. The Title IX Coordinator is available to advise any individual, including the complainant and the respondent about University and community resources and reporting options and is available to provide assistance to any University employee regarding how to respond appropriately to a report of sexual misconduct or relationship violence. The Title IX Coordinator conducts the investigation of complaints alleging that University employees have engaged in conduct prohibited by this policy and other University policies that prohibit sexual harassment.  The Title IX Coordinator also may delegate investigations to other appropriately trained NLU personnel or third-parties.

Contact Information

Danielle Laban, Title IX Coordinator • dlaban@nl.edu • (p/f) 312.261.3162

File an incident report at nl.edu/letusknow

Resources nl.edu/sexualrespectandtitleix

Prohibited Conduct

Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct

“Relationship violence” and “sexual misconduct” are broad terms that encompass sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Definitions for each of these terms are provided below.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment refers to conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:

  • (1) An employee conditioning the provision of aid, benefit, or service in exchange for an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct
  • (2) Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to an educational program or activity; or
  • (3) Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking as defined below.

 

Dating Violence

The term “dating violence” means violence committed by a person –           

              (A) who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and

       (B) where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the following factors:

                             (i) The length of the relationship

                             (ii) The type of relationship

                             (iii) The frequency of interaction between persons involved in the relationship.

Domestic Violence

The term “domestic violence” includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.

Stalking

The term “stalking” means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to –

              (A) fear for their safety or the safety of others; or

              (B) suffer substantial emotional distress.

Sexual Assault

Refers to an offense that is classified as either forcible or non-forcible sex offenses under the uniform reporting system of the FBI. Expanded definitions can be found below.

Sex Offenses: Forcible

Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.

Forcible Rape is the carnal knowledge of a person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity (or because of his/her youth).

Forcible Sodomy is oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person, forcibly or against that person’s will or where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.

Sexual Assault with an Object is the use of an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person, forcibly or against that person’s will; or where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.

Forcible Fondling is the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against the person’s will or where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity

Sex Offenses: Non-forcible

Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse

Incest is non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.

Statutory Rape is non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.  

Retaliation

Persons who report sexual misconduct or relationship violence, file a complaint or participate in the University’s investigation and handling of such reports or complaints, shall not be subject to retaliation (including retaliatory harassment) for reporting or participating, even if the University finds that the policy was not violated using the preponderance of the evidence standard.

Retaliation is defined as an adverse action or adverse treatment against an individual involved in an investigation by an individual who knew of the individual’s participation in the investigation.

No one may intimidate, threaten, coerce, or discriminate against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX because an individual has made a report or compliant, testified, assisted, participated or refused to participate in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under this part.

If a complainant or witness believes that she or he is being subjected to

retaliation (including retaliatory harassment), she or he should promptly contact the Title IX Coordinator. The University will take strong responsive action if retaliation occurs.

Individuals who engage in retaliation in violation of this policy are subject to the full range of sanctions that can be imposed against them under applicable policies, including termination of employment or administrative withdrawal from the University.

Consent

Consent means the voluntary, willful, unambiguous and freely given agreement to engage in a specific sexual activity during a sexual encounter. Consent cannot be given by someone who is:

• Under 18 years of age;
• Sleeping or unconscious;
• Unconscious, unaware, or otherwise mentally or physically incapacitated due to the use of drugs or alcohol (“incapacitated”);
• Unable to understand the nature of the sexual activity due to a mental disability or condition (“mentally incapable”); or
• Under duress, threat, deception, coercion, misuse of professional authority/ status, or force.

Consent must be clear and communicated by mutually understandable words or actions. Silence, passivity, or the absence of physical or verbal resistance, (for example, the absence of a verbal “no” or “stop”) does not constitute consent, and relying solely on non-verbal communications may result in a violation of this policy. A person’s manner of dress does not constitute consent. It is important not to make assumptions when determining consent. If confusion or ambiguity arises during a sexual interaction, it is essential that each participant stops and verbally clarifies the other’s willingness to continue. Prior consent does not imply current consent or future consent; even in the context of a prior or current relationship, consent must be sought and freely given for each instance of sexual contact.

Consent to any one form of sexual activity does not constitute consent to other forms of sexual activity. Consent can be withdrawn at any time during a sexual encounter. Consent to engage in sexual activity with one person does not imply consent to engage in sexual activity with another.

Incapacitation

Incapacitation is a state where an individual cannot consent to make an informed and rational decision to engage in sexual activity because the individual lacks conscious knowledge of the nature of the act (e.g., to understand the “who, what, where, when, why or how” of the sexual interaction) and/or is physically helpless. An individual is also considered incapacitated, and therefore unable to give consent, when asleep, unconscious, or otherwise unaware that sexual activity is occurring.

Incapacitation may result from the use of alcohol and/or other drugs. Consumption of alcohol or other drugs, inebriation or intoxication are insufficient to establish incapacitation. The impact of alcohol and drugs varies from person to person,

and evaluating incapacitation requires an assessment of how the consumption of alcohol and/or drugs impacts an individual’s:

  • Decision making ability;
  • Awareness of consequences;
  • Ability to make informed judgments; or
  • Capacity to appreciate the nature and circumstances of the act.

Evaluating incapacitation also requires an assessment of whether a respondent knew or should have known that the complainant was incapacitated when viewed from the position of a sober, reasonable person.

In general, sexual contact while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs   poses a risk to all parties. Alcohol and drugs impair a person’s decision-making capacity, awareness of the consequences, and ability to make informed judgments. It is especially important, therefore, that anyone engaging in sexual activity be aware of the other person’s level of intoxication. If there is any doubt as to the level or extent of the other person’s intoxication or impairment, the prudent course of action is to forgo or cease any sexual contact or activity.

Signs of incapacitation may include:

• Slurred speech                                     • Bloodshot eyes

• Smell of alcohol on breath                     • Clumsiness

• Inability to focus                                   • Confusion

• Shaky balance                                      • Stumbling or falling down

• Vomiting                                               • Poor judgment

• Difficulty concentrating                          • Combativeness or emotional volatility

• Outrageous or unusual behavior            • Unconsciousness

Being intoxicated or impaired by drugs or alcohol is never an excuse for misconduct and does not diminish one’s responsibility to obtain consent.

Immediate Assistance and Interim Protective Measures

Medical Care and Crisis Center Services

The University has established formal partnerships with local sexual assault and domestic violence crisis centers near each NLU Campus. These centers provide confidential services for a range of sexual misconduct and relationship

violence issues and have agreed to work with NLU to serve members of the NLU community. The following centers are available to NLU students:

Chicago/

Mujeres Latinas en Accion • 312.738.5358 mujereslatinasenaccion.org

Lisle                 Family Shelter Service • 630.469.5650 • familyshelterservice.org North Shore               YWCA Evanston/North Shore • 847.864.8780 • ywca.org Wheeling                        Northwest CASA • 888.802.8890 • nwcasa.org

Florida              The Spring of Tampa Bay Hotline

813.275.SAFE (7233) • thespring.org

 

Additionally, there are many local health care sites that can provide treatment for injuries or sexually transmitted diseases, as well as perform rape kits in order to preserve evidence should an individual want to pursue criminal charges at a later point.

Several of these resources staff Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) who hold specialized training in providing rape kits in a victim-sensitive manner.

The following medical facilities are nearest to each campus of NLU. The facilities nearest to NLU’s Illinois campuses may provide medical forensic examinations at no cost pursuant to the Illinois Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act.

Chicago/Goose Island      Northwestern  Memorial Hospital 251 E Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611 312. 926.2000

Lisle                                 Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital

3815 Highland Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515 630.275.5900

North Shore                      Presence Saint Francis Hospital

355 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL 60202 847.316.4000

Wheeling                          Glenbrook Hospital

2100 Pfingsten Rd., Glenview, IL 60026 847.657.5800

Florida                             Tampa General Hospital

1 Tampa General Cir., Tampa, FL 33606 813.844.7000

For more information on ways to receive immediate assistance after an incident, please visit nl.edu/sexualrespectandTitleIX.

The University also encourages individuals who have been sexually assaulted to undergo a health assessment by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) as soon as possible. A SANE is a registered nurse specially trained to provide care to sexual assault patients. The SANE conducts medical forensic examinations and can serve as an expert witness in a court of law. If you decide to have a SANE exam you can choose whether or not to make a police report.        

Preservation of Evidence

Whether a complainant files a complaint under this policy or with a local law enforcement agency, any person who has experienced sexual misconduct, and in particular persons who have experienced sexual or relationship violence or

sexual assault, should preserve to the extent possible any evidence that may assist investigators in determining whether the alleged misconduct occurred or might be relevant to the issuance of an order or protection. Actions to preserve evidence include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Do not dispose of or destroy or alter any physical evidence, including clothing.

• If you suspect that a drink has been drugged or tampered with, inform a medical care provider or law enforcement official immediately to they can attempt to collect physical evidence, including the drink and urine or blood samples.

• Preserve any electronic communications related to the misconduct, including voice mail messages, text messages, emails, instant messages, social media pages, digital photographs or videos, etc.

If you need any assistance in preserving evidence related to the misconduct, you should contact emergency medical personnel, law enforcement and/or the Title IX Coordinator.

Appointment of Confidential Advisor and Victim Support

Pursuant to the Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act, survivors of sexual violence have access to Confidential Advisors who can provide emergency and ongoing support to survivors of violence. Under the act, “sexual violence” means physical sexual acts attempted or perpetrated against a person’s will or when a person is incapable of giving consent, including without limitation rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion. A survivor of sexual violence is a student who has experienced sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking while enrolled at NLU. NLU, however, provides access to Confidential Advisors who are authorized and trained to provide the following services:

• Inform the complainant of the complainant’s choice of possible next steps regarding the complainant’s reporting options and possible outcomes, including without limitation reporting pursuant to this policy and notifying local law enforcement.
• Notify the complainant of resources and services for survivors of sexual violence, including, but not limited to, student services available on campus and through community-based resources, including without limitation sexual assault crisis centers, medical treatment facilities, counselling services, legal resources, medical forensic services, and mental health services.
• Inform the complainant of the complainant’s rights and NLU’s responsibilities regarding orders of protection, no contact orders, or similar lawful orders issued by NLU or a criminal or civil court.
• Provide confidential services to and have privileged, confidential communications with complainant in accordance with Illinois law,
• Upon the complainant’s request and as appropriate, liaise with campus officials, community-based sexual assault crisis centers, or local law enforcement and, if requested, assist the complainant with contracting and reporting to campus officials or local law enforcement.
• Upon the complainant’s request, liaise with the necessary campus authorities to secure interim protective measures and accommodations for the complainant.

NLU Confidential Advisor:

University Confidential Advisor

Rolanda Brown

Skylight Counseling Center rolanda@skylightcounseingcenter.com

Skylight Counseling Center 312.631.3775 • 847.529.8300

counseling@nl.edu

For an updated list of Confidential Advisor agencies, please consult NLU’s website at nl.edu/sexualrespectandTitleIX or contact the Title IX Coordinator at dlaban@nl.edu or 312.261.3162.

The same services are available to a respondent upon request.

Counseling

In addition to the services described above, the University also can provide counseling referrals and resources to complainants, respondents and other individuals affected by an incident of sexual misconduct or relationship violence. Students seeking counseling referrals for licensed mental health professionals should contact the Office of Student Engagement at 888.658.8632 x3568 or email counseling@nl.edu.

Employees may access counseling services through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 800.456.6327 or access wellness resources at www.perspectivesltd.com.

Academic Accommodations

Immediately following a reported incident and while investigation is ongoing, the University reserves the right to take whatever measures it deems necessary to protect a student’s rights and personal safety. These efforts may include changes to academic, living, dining, transportation, and working situations, obtaining and enforcing impact course/work schedules, class assignments, presence on NLU campuses and other measures.

Grievance Process

The grievance process includes procedures for filing complaints and conducting investigations, hearings and appeals.   The grievance process treats complainants and respondents equitably, requires an objective evaluation of all relevant evidence and requires that individuals involved in the process including the Title IX Coordinator, investigators, decision-maker(s) and appeal officer(s) do not have a conflict of interest or bias for or against any party. 

Reporting Sexual Misconduct or Relationship Violence

  1. A complainant or other reporting party has the right to make a formal complaint to the NLU Title IX Coordinator, Danielle Laban in person, by email or by phone. NLU’s Title IX Coordinator, Danielle Laban, dlaban@nl.edu or at 312.261.3162.
  2. A complainant or other reporting party has the right to file a written formal complaint making the University aware of a sexual misconduct incident by submitting an incident report at nl.edu/letusknow.
  3. Complainants may pursue a formal resolution as well as a criminal complaint.

The University can most effectively investigate and respond to allegations of sexual misconduct or relationship violence if the complaint is made as promptly as possible after the alleged violence or misconduct occurs. The University does not, however, limit the time frame for reporting. If the respondent is not a member of the NLU community at the time of the report, the University will still seek to meet its legal obligations by providing reasonably available support for all parties, but its ability to investigate and/or take action may be limited. The University will, however, assist a complainant in identifying external reporting options. A formal complaint affords the University an opportunity to conduct an investigation and exercise other options set forth in this policy.

Disclosures to Responsible Employees — Most University officials are considered Responsible Employees, which means they are required to report to the Title IX Coordinator all details shared with them regarding incidents of sexual misconduct or relationship violence. To ensure a prompt response to a complaint, the University strongly encourages students to submit reports directly to the Title IX Coordinator through nl.edu/letusknow.

If a student reports to a Responsible Employee, that employee is obligated to submit the student’s report to the Title IX Coordinator via nl.edu/letusknow.

Confidential Disclosures — A complainant or witness who wishes to keep the incident completely confidential can speak to someone at a local crisis and support center or contact the University Confidential Advisor. Any information shared with an advocate or counselor at these agencies will not be shared or discussed with NLU officials and will not constitute a complaint or formal report. For a complete list of fully confidential sources where NLU has established a formal partnership please see nl.edu/sexualrespectandTitleIX.

Reporting Incidents to Law Enforcement Agencies

Whether or not a complainant chooses to make an official report to the Title IX Coordinator or law enforcement, he or she is encouraged to seek appropriate help, which includes medical attention, obtaining information, support and counseling. The University cannot file a criminal complaint on behalf of the student. The complainant must make this decision and initiate this complaint with the local police department.

Criminal Complaints — In addition to violating University policy, sexual misconduct and relationship violence may also constitute criminal activity. Every victim of sexual misconduct maintains the personal right to file criminal charges with the appropriate local law enforcement agency in addition to or instead of filing an Incident Report with the Title IX Coordinator. The chances of a successful criminal investigation are greatly enhanced if evidence is collected and maintained immediately by law enforcement officers. Victims may discuss the matter with a law enforcement officer without making a formal criminal complaint or a formal University complaint. The Confidential Advisor is available to assist complainants  in reporting a crime of sexual misconduct to law enforcement.

Chicago                           Chicago Police Department

1718 South State St Chicago, IL 60616 Non-emergency: 312.745.4290

Lisle                                 Lisle Police Department

5040 Lincoln Ave Lisle, IL 60532

Non-emergency: 630.271.4200

North Shore                      Skokie Police Department

7300 Niles Center Rd Skokie, IL 60077 Non-emergency: 847.982.5900

Wheeling                          Wheeling  Police Department

1 Community Blvd Wheeling, IL 60090

Non-emergency: 847.459.2632

Florida                             Tampa Police Department

411 N. Franklin St Tampa, FL 33602 Non-emergency: 813.276.3200

No Contact Orders — Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking also have the right to obtain an Order of Protection or No Contact Order through the county court where either the complainant  or respondent resides, or the county in which the allegations occurred.

Formal Complaint

A formal complaint is a document that is filed by a complainant or signed by the Title IX Coordinator alleging that sexual misconduct has occurred and requesting an investigation into the alleged conduct. This formal complaint may be filed via nl.edu/letusknow or personally delivered or mailed to the Title IX Coordinator. A formal complaint must contain the complainant’s physical or digital signature, with the exception of when the Title IX Coordinator signs a formal complaint. Upon receipt of a formal complaint, the Title IX Coordinator will begin an investigation or take other appropriate actions. Some complaints can be dismissed or transferred to another investigative process depending on the allegations.  Complaints also can be consolidated into one single process/case.

Standard of Evidence:

Findings of responsibility will be evaluated using the preponderance of evidence standard. A preponderance of evidence has been described as evidence showing it is more likely than not that the respondent is responsible for the alleged conduct.

Investigation Process:

Upon receipt of a formal complaint the following procedure will be followed:

  1. The Title IX Coordinator will review the information presented in the complaint and make an evaluation regarding whether the reported conduct  meets the definition with the prohibited conduct of this policy
  2. The Title IX Coordinator will notify all involved parties of the complaint and information related to the allegations in the complaint. The notice also will include a description of the grievance process, a statement that the respondent is presumed not responsible for the alleged conduct, that a determination regarding responsibility will be made at the conclusion of the grievance process.  The notice also will inform the parties that they may be assisted by an advisor of their choice during the grievance process and other provisions required by law.
  3. The Title IX Coordinator will provide supportive measures to both parties as needed and requested by the parties.
  4. The Title IX Coordinator will meet separately with the complainant, respondent and interview any additional witnesses to collect and compile all available evidence All parties will have an opportunity to submit physical evidence such as documents, emails, photographs, video and audio recordings, messages and any other available evidence.
  5. When applicable, the Title IX Coordinator will cooperate with law enforcement.
  6. Upon completion of an investigation, the Title IX Coordinator will issue an investigative report summarizing relevant evidence and, at least ten (10) days prior to a hearing, send the report to each party and the party’s advisor, in any. 

Hearing Process

After receipt and review of the investigative report, a live hearing will take place as soon as is practicable to determine the findings and resolution of the complaint. The hearing board will be composed of three individuals: a faculty member, a staff member and individual who may be a member of the faculty or staff.  The hearing board may designate one of its members to serve a hearing administrator tasked with facilitating the conduct of the hearing. 

  1. NLU reserves the right to establish procedures for the conduct of hearings.  If such procedures are developed,  NLU will make them available to the parties in advance of the hearing.
  2. NLU reserves the right to conduct hearings virtually with technology that enables participants simultaneously to see and hear each other. At the request of either party, NLU will provide the live hearing to occur with the parties located in separate rooms with technology enabling the hearing board and parties to simultaneously see and hear the parties and/or witnesses answering questions.
  3. NLU will create an audio or audiovisual recording or transcript of the hearing and make it available to the parties for inspection and review.
  4. Advisors are allowed to ask relevant cross-examination and other questions of a party or a witness, but before a party or witness answers the question, the hearing board must first determine whether the question is relevant and explain any decision to exclude a question as not relevant..
  5. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Hearing Board will determine responsibility and any sanctions if respondent is found responsible.
  6. The Hearing Board decision will be sent by the Hearing Officer to all involved parties and their advisors within 7 business days of the hearing. The determination will outline findings and facts used to determine the finding as well as any accompanying sanctions.

Range of Disciplinary Sanctions and Remedies for Students

The following sanctions may be imposed upon students found responsible for violations this policy: 

  1. Reprimand: an official rebuke that makes the misconduct a matter of record.
  2. Warning: verbal or written notice that the behavior has been inappropriate. May be considered part of student conduct record in future student conduct action.
  3. Restriction: limitation of a student’s privileges or freedom.
    1. Probation: a period during which continued enrollment is conditioned upon continued cooperation. Suspension may occur should another violation take place.
    2. Suspension: a temporary separation from the University.
    3. Dismissal: a permanent separation from the University.
      1. Other: at the discretion of the hearing body or a senior administrator of the University.

Note: Sanction #6 shall be imposed only by the President.

Range of Disciplinary Sanctions and Remedies for Staff & Faculty

The following sanctions may be imposed upon employees found responsible for violations this policy: 

  1. Documentation:  incident is documented and kept on file with Human Resources.  May be added to the employee file and may be used as evidence in the event of further violations of this policy. 
  2. Warning: verbal or written notice that the behavior has been inappropriate and is documented to the employee file. May be considered part of employee conduct record in future employee conduct violations.
  3. Final Warning: a period during which continued employment is conditioned upon continued cooperation.   Depending on the severity of the infraction, this warning period may be upheld for remainder of employment with the university. 
  4. Termination: termination of employment from the University.
    • Other: at the discretion of the hearing body, Human Resources, or a senior administrator of the University.

Appeals Process

  1. Both the complainant and respondent have a right to appeal for one of the following grounds:
    1. A procedural irregularity that affected the outcome of the matter;
    2. New evidence that could affect the outcome of the matter and was not reasonably available at the time the determination regarding responsibility or dismissal was made; or  
    3. The Title IX Coordinator, investigator or decision-maker(s) had a conflict of interest or bias that affected the outcome of the matter. 
    4. The sanction is disproportionate with the violation
    5. These appeals should be made in writing, within five (5) business days of receipt of the outcome.
    6. Appeals will be reviewed by individuals independent of the investigative and hearing processes.
      • Student appeals will be reviewed by the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students when the respondent is a student,
      • Employee appeals will be reviewed by the Vice President of Human Resources when the respondent  is an employee.
      • Appeal decisions will be rendered within five (5) business days.
      • All decisions made upon an appeal is final.

Procedures for Faculty

If the respondent is a tenured member of the NLU faculty and the Investigative Body established in the National Louis University Policy for Termination of Tenured Faculty for Cause, FP 115, determines there is not sufficient evidence to refer the Complaint for investigation by the Investigative Panel, the complainant may file an appeal to the Investigative Panel by submitting the appeal in writing to the Vice President for Human Resources or designee. Upon receiving the appeal, the Investigative Panel will review the appeal and the record submitted by the Investigative Body and determine whether further investigation is warranted. The Investigative Panel will notify the complainant and the respondent of its final determination, including the results of any investigation it conducts regarding the complaint.

Other Provisions

Requests for Confidentiality or Anonymity

While steps are taken to protect privacy and empower parties to pursue their chosen course of action, the University may be legally required to investigate an incident and take action to ensure the safety of the parties and the NLU community, whether or not a complainant chooses to pursue a complaint. In cases indicating pattern, predation, threat, weapons and/or violence, the University will likely be unable to honor a request for confidentiality. In cases where the complainant requests confidentiality and the circumstances allow the University to honor that request, the University will offer interim support and remedies to the parties and the community, but will not otherwise pursue an investigation and adjudication.

Formal reporting still affords privacy to involved parties, and only necessary individuals involved in the formal resolution process or University administrators will be notified as deemed necessary by the Title IX Coordinator. Notification of a report may include but may not limited to: Title IX Coordinator, Student Conduct Officer, CARE case management team, Human Resources, University Leadership, and security personnel if needed. The circle of people with this knowledge will be kept as tight as possible in order to preserve all involved parties rights and privacy.

Reports from Witnesses and Bystander Intervention

Students, employees and third parties who witness acts of sexual misconduct or relationship violence perpetrated by a member of the University community (faculty, staff or student) or occurring during a University program or event or on University property are strongly encouraged to report the misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.

The University encourages all witnesses of sexual misconduct or relationship violence to engage in bystander intervention when safe to do so. As explained on the notalone.gov website, “the bystander role includes interrupting situations that could lead to assault before it happens or during an incident; speaking out against social norms that support sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking; and having skills to be an effective and supportive ally to survivors.”

Amnesty for Drug or Alcohol Possession and Consumption Violations

The University encourages students to report all incidents of sexual misconduct or relationship violence. Therefore, students who in good faith report sexual misconduct or relationship violence or other violations of this policy will not be disciplined by the University for student conduct violations such as underage drinking and misuse of alcohol, unless NLU determines that the violation was egregious, including without limitation actions that place the health or safety of another person at risk.

Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence by Third Parties

The University prohibits relationship violence and sexual misconduct by third parties towards members of the University community when the third party has been brought into contact with the member of the University community through a University program or activity. Although individuals who are not students or employees of the University are not subject to discipline under the University’s internal processes, the University will take prompt, corrective action to eliminate relationship violence and sexual misconduct and prevent its recurrence in those circumstances.

If a University student or employee believes that they have experienced sexual misconduct or relationship violence in a University program or activity by an individual who is not a University employee or student, the student or employee should report the conduct to the Title IX Coordinator and the administrator (e.g., supervisor, department chair, or dean) responsible for that program or activity.

Alternate Options for Resolution of Complaints

Students who believe they are a victim of sex-based discrimination in an educational program may file a complaint under Title IX with the regional enforcement office of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education at the following address:

Illinois                Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Office

U.S. Department of Education

Citigroup Center 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475 Chicago, IL 60661-4544

Phone 312.730.1560 • Fax 312.730.1576

OCR.Chicago@ed.gov

Florida                Office for Civil Rights, Atlanta Office

U.S. Department of Education

61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 19T10 Atlanta, GA 30303-8927

Phone 404.974.9406 • Fax 404.974.9471

OCR.Atlanta@ed.gov

Relationship between Human Resources and the Title IX Coordinator

The process for conducting investigations of complaints against respondents who are University employees is the same as the process for investigating complaints against students. Where faculty and staff are involved, all parties must go through the formal resolution process outlined earlier in this policy. The Title IX Coordinator has primary responsibility for investigations of complaints against employees and the Associate Director of Human Resources will act as the Hearing Officer in cases where an employee is the respondent. Employee appeals will be reviewed by the Vice President of Human Resources as outlined above.

Relationship Between Law Enforcement Investigations and Internal Investigations

Law enforcement agencies investigate to determine whether there has been a violation of criminal laws. The Title IX Coordinator investigates to determine whether there has been a violation of University policy. The investigations proceed concurrently, and the outcome of one investigation does not determine the outcome of the other investigation.

Occasionally, the Title IX Coordinator may need to briefly suspend the investigation at the request of law enforcement while the police are in the process of gathering evidence. The Title IX Coordinator will maintain regular contact with law enforcement to determine when it may complete its investigation. Even if the Title IX Coordinator’s investigation is briefly suspended, the University will nevertheless communicate with the complainant regarding his/her rights, procedural options, and the implementation of appropriate interim measures to assist and protect the safety of the complainant and the campus community and to prevent retaliation. The Title IX Coordinator will promptly resume his or her investigation as soon as notified by the police department that it has completed its evidence gathering process, or sooner if the University determines that the evidence gathering process will be lengthy or delayed.

Conflicts of Interest

The University does not allow conflicts of interest, by NLU personnel involved in any step in formal resolution process. A conflict of interest exists when an individual’s knowledge of the matter or personal or professional relationships with the complainant, respondent, or witnesses would preclude the individual from being able to investigate the case fairly and impartially.

  • If the challenge is to the Title IX Coordinator as investigator, the challenge may be filed with the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students.
  • If the challenge is to either the Hearing Officer or Appeal Officers, the challenge may be filed with the Title IX Coordinator.
  • If the challenge is to an assigned member of the Hearing Board, the challenge may be filed with the Hearing Officer.

Crime Reporting and Timely Warnings

As part of its annual reporting obligations under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act, as amended by the Violence Against Women Act, and related regulations, the University discloses statistics regarding domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assaults that meet the definition of forcible and non-forcible sex offenses under federal law.. The report, the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, is published every October and is located on NLU website at nl.edu/legalpages/consumerinfo/ annualsecurityreport.

Complainants should also be aware that University administrators must issue immediate timely warnings for incidents reported to them that are confirmed to pose a substantial threat of bodily harm or danger to members of the NLU community. The University will make every effort to ensure that a complainant’s name and other identifying information is not disclosed while still providing enough information for community members to make safety decisions in light of the danger.

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Prevention Education and Training 

NLU will provide training on sexual misconduct prevention, reporting and response for all Responsible Employees and students through various platforms. Training is required of all Responsible Employees and will be provided online to faculty and staff at time of hire and annually. Students will be offered online training at the time of New Student Orientation. Continuous training events and programming will be held virtually and on various campuses throughout the year for the NLU community including a robust Sexual Assault Prevention Month every April. Those University officials with increased duties of response, advocacy and confidentiality will be required to attend additional training.

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The following definitions provide a quick snapshot of relevant terms. Please see the Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence policy here for complete definitions. “Relationship violence” and “sexual misconduct” are broad terms that encompass sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Definitions for each of these terms are provided below.

  • Bystander is a person present at an event or incident who is not directly involved.

  • Consent is informed, freely given and requires clear communication between all parties involved in the sexual activity. Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent. 
  • Incapacitation is a state where one cannot make a rational, reasonable decision because s/he lacks the ability to give consent or understand the "who, what, when, where, why or how" of the sexual interaction, including anyone whose incapacity results from mental disability, sleep deprivation, involuntary physical restraint or from a controlled substance.
  • Sexual Harassment refers to conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:
    • (1) An employee conditioning the provision of aid, benefit, or service in exchange for an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct
    • (2) Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to an educational program or activity; or
    • (3) Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking as defined below
  • Dating Violence means violence committed by a person:           

                        (A) who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and

                        (B) where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the following factors:                                                                 (i) The length of the relationship                         

                                    (ii) The type of relationship                        

                                    (iii) The frequency of interaction between persons involved in the relationship.

  • Domestic Violence includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction
  • Stalking means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to –

                  (A) fear for their safety or the safety of others; or

                 (B) suffer substantial emotional distress

  • Sexual Assault refers to an offense that is classified as either forcible or non-forcible sex offenses under the uniform reporting system of the FBI. Expanded definitions can be found below.
  • Sex Offenses: Forcible
    Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
    • Forcible Rape is the carnal knowledge of a person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity (or because of his/her youth).
    • Forcible Sodomy is oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person, forcibly or against that person’s will or where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
    • Sexual Assault with an Object is the use of an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person, forcibly or against that person’s will; or where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
    • Forcible Fondling is the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against the person’s will or where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
     
  • Sex Offenses: Non-forcible
    Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse
    • Incest is non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
    • Statutory Rape is non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.   

We are here to support you. We will conduct a prompt, fair and impartial investigation of all sexual misconduct reports. Our support services include: 

  • Providing you with information about campus and community services.
  • Making counseling referrals including confidential support.
  • Responding in a timely and effective manner to all reported incidents.
  • Providing academic accommodations.
  • Offering interim supportive measures to involved parties
  • Encouraging you to receive appropriate help.
  • Assisting you in filing a report.

NLU has partnered with Skylight Counseling to offer a variety of counseling resources. The University can provide counseling referrals and resources to anyone affected by an incident of sexual misconduct or relationship violence. Students seeking counseling referrals for licensed mental health professional should contact the the Counseling Center at 312.261.3636 or email counseling@nl.edu.

In addition, NLU has identified Rolanda Brown from Skylight Counseling as a designated confidential advisor. If you desire to speak with someone about an incident and want to ensure that it will remain confidential, Rolanda can be reached via email at: rolanda@skylightcounselingcenter.com.

Additional Resources

NLU has formed formal partnerships with local sexual assault and domestic violence agencies to offer a variety of support services, including completely confidential reporting if an NLU community member desires. 

Between Friends - Chicago
Crisis Hotline: (800) 603.4357
www.betweenfriendschicago.org
 
Northwest CASA - Arlington Heights
Crisis Hotline: (888) 802.8890
www.nwcasa.org
 
The Spring of Tampa Bay Hotline - Tampa
Crisis Hotline: (813) 275.SAFE (7233)
www.thespring.org
 
Family Shelter Service - Wheaton
Crisis Hotline
: (630) 469.5650
www.familyshelterservice.org
YWCA Evanston/North Shore - Evanston
Crisis Hotline: 
(847) 864.8780
www.ywca.org
 
Mujeres Latinas en Accion - Chicago
(312) 738.5358
www.mujereslatinasenaccion.org

NLU has partnered with Skylight Counseling to be able to offer a confidential advisor that parties may seek out in order to discuss incidents that they wish to remain confidential.  Rolanda Brown can be reached via email at rolanda@skylightcounselingcenter.com.  Rolanda is available to serve as a long-term resource to assist parties through administrative and criminal proceedings as well as to be a confidential resource.  This service is free and Rolanda has received over 40 hours of Sexual Violence Advocacy training. 

NLU will take the steps that it can to protect your privacy and empower you to pursue your chosen course of action. Whether or not you choose to file a complaint, NLU may be legally required to investigate an incident and to take steps to ensure your safety and the safety of the University community. Keep in mind that: 

  • In cases involving a pattern, predatory behavior, threats, weapons, or violence, the University will likely be unable to honor a request for complete confidentiality.
  • If you request confidentiality and the circumstances allow us to honor your request, we will do so.
  • If you choose to make a formal report, a small group of University officials will be made aware of the situation, including but not limited to: Title IX Coordinator, Student Conduct Officer, CARE Team and security personnel. We keep this circle as small as possible in order to protect your rights and privacy.

Options Following an Incident of Sexual Misconduct

  • We will work with community partners to support you following instances of sexual misconduct and relationship violence. For more information on ways to receive immediate assistance, contact the Office of Student Engagement at 888.658.8632 x3568
  • We can provide counseling referrals to anyone affected by an incident of sexual misconduct or relationship violence. For counseling referrals to licensed mental health professionals, contact the Office of Student Engagement at 888.658.8632 x3568 or email counseling@nl.edu.
  • We will take measures following a reported incident to protect your rights and personal safety, as well as the safety of the community.

If you or someone you know experiences sexual misconduct or violence, we encourage you to report the incident through one or more of the following options. You can: 

  • File a University Incident Report at www.nl.edu/letusknow. This report is easy to complete and it will automatically route to the Title IX Coordinator and appropriate University officials. 
  • Make a direct report to Danielle Laban, NLU's Title IX Coordinator, by email at dlaban@nl.edu or by phone at 312.261.3162.
  • Disclose the incident to one of NLU's Responsible Employees. Most University officials are considered Responsible Employees and are required by law to report all details of an incident of sexual misconduct or relationship violence to the Title IX Coordinator.
  • Speak to a local crisis center if you would like to keep the incident completely confidential. A list of confidential support centers is available on the Support and Resources tab.
  • File criminal charges with local law enforcement. NLU's Title IX Coordinator or Confidential Advisor can assist you in making a report. 
  • Obtain an Order of Protection or No Contact Order. NLU's Title IX Coordinator or Confidential Advisor can assist you in securing an order. 

Whether or not a victim chooses to make an official report to the University or law enforcement, we encourage you to seek help and are here to connect you with the appropriate services including medical attention, information on campus and community resources, support and counseling. 

We take all reports of sexual misconduct seriously, treating incidents with sensitivity while providing support to those involved. As a member of NLU's community, you are expected to report any instances of sexual misconduct that you have experienced or witnessed, knowing that we will provide a timely and fair resolution to the issue. Our procedures are designed to protect the rights, needs, and privacy of the community member making the report (Complainant), as well as the rights of anyone alleged to have committed sexual misconduct (Respondent).

Investigation Process:

Upon receipt of a formal complaint the following procedure will be followed:

  1. The Title IX Coordinator will review the information presented in the complaint and make an evaluation regarding whether the reported conduct  meets the definition with the prohibited conduct of this policy
  2. The Title IX Coordinator will notify all involved parties of the complaint and information related to the allegations in the complaint. The notice also will include a description of the grievance process, a statement that the respondent is presumed not responsible for the alleged conduct, that a determination regarding responsibility will be made at the conclusion of the grievance process.  The notice also will inform the parties that they may be assisted by an advisor of their choice during the grievance process and other provisions required by law.
  3. The Title IX Coordinator will provide supportive measures to both parties as needed and requested by the parties.
  4. The Title IX Coordinator will meet separately with the complainant, respondent and interview any additional witnesses to collect and compile all available evidence All parties will have an opportunity to submit physical evidence such as documents, emails, photographs, video and audio recordings, messages and any other available evidence.
  5. When applicable, the Title IX Coordinator will cooperate with law enforcement.
  6. Upon completion of an investigation, the Title IX Coordinator will issue an investigative report summarizing relevant evidence and, at least ten (10) days prior to a hearing, send the report to each party and the party’s advisor. 

Hearing Process

After receipt and review of the investigative report, a live hearing will take place as soon as is practicable to determine the findings and resolution of the complaint. The hearing board will be composed of three individuals: a faculty member, a staff member and individual who may be a member of the faculty or staff.  The hearing board may designate one of its members to serve a hearing administrator tasked with facilitating the conduct of the hearing.

  1. NLU reserves the right to establish procedures for the conduct of hearings.  If such procedures are developed,  NLU will make them available to the parties in advance of the hearing.
  2. NLU reserves the right to conduct hearings virtually with technology that enables participants simultaneously to see and hear each other. At the request of either party, NLU will provide the live hearing to occur with the parties located in separate rooms with technology enabling the hearing board and parties to simultaneously see and hear the parties and/or witnesses answering questions.
  3. NLU will create an audio or audiovisual recording or transcript of the hearing and make it available to the parties for inspection and review.
  4. Advisors are allowed to ask relevant cross-examination and other questions of a party or a witness, but before a party or witness answers the question, the hearing board must first determine whether the question is relevant and explain any decision to exclude a question as not relevant..
  5. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Hearing Board will determine responsibility and any sanctions if respondent is found responsible.
  6. The Hearing Board decision will be sent by the Hearing Officer to all involved parties and their advisors within 7 business days of the hearing. The determination will outline findings and facts used to determine the finding as well as any accompanying sanctions.

 


 

NLU will provide training on sexual misconduct prevention, reporting and response for all employees and students. Training will be offered at New Student Orientation, as well as throughout the year for the NLU community. Continuous education on sexual misconduct issues will be offered through various platforms, both virtually and on NLU campuses. 

Bystander Tips

A bystander is someone who is present at an event or incident but is not directly involved. It is possible to unintentionally support sexual violence by not intervening when you see something happening, dismissing certain behaviors, or not reporting concerning actions.

You can be a proactive (prevention) or reactive (intervention) bystander by:

  • Working to create an environment where sexual violence is unacceptable.
  • Treating others with respect.
  • Speaking up when you hear others blaming victims.
  • Encouraging friends to trust their instincts in order to stay safe.
  • Being a resource for survivors.
  • Looking out for friends at parties or bars.
  • Educating yourself and friends.
  • Creating a distraction so the victim can get away.
  • Getting help.
  • Asking someone in a potentially dangerous situation if he/she is okay and/or wants to leave.
  • Intervening if you hear someone "targeting" another person.
  • Separating someone too intoxicated to consent from a dangerous situation or potential perpetrator.
  • Saying or doing something.

 

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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