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Title IX and Sexual Misconduct: Prevention, Response and Resources

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Augustana College prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in employment as well as in its education programs and activities. This prohibition is in accordance with a federal law known as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX"). Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities. Title IX states as follows:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct such as sexual assault, sexual exploitation and dating or domestic violence. Title IX also prohibits retaliation for asserting or otherwise participating in claims of sex discrimination.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Illinois Human Rights Act are two other laws that also prohibit sex discrimination.

Title IX coordinators

Contact one of the College's four Title IX Coordinators with any questions about Title IX at Augustana College, or to file a complaint of sex discrimination. The college's Chief Title IX Coordinator is Laura Ford (Director of Human Resources), who can be reached at 309-794-7452 or at While Ford is the Chief Title IX Coordinator, all of the following individuals serve as Title IX Coordinators for the college and may be contacted with questions, or receive complaints, as outlined below:

laura ford  

Chief Title IX Coordinator: Laura Ford, Director of Human Resources, 794-7452

As Chief Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources Director Laura Ford is responsible for enforcement of Title IX at the College. Laura  can receive complaints from any individual regarding Title IX. Laura and her Human Resources staff will handle complaints of staff and administrative employee violations of Title IX, and will be responsible for ensuring all members of the community receive information regarding the College’s prohibition of sex discrimination, the process for addressing concerns of sex discrimination, and education regarding the forms of sex discrimination.

chris beyer  

Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Student Matters:
Chris Beyer, Director of Residential Life, 794-2686

As a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Chris Beyer is primarily responsible for organizing student training required under Title IX and receiving complaints related to student violations of Title IX. Chris can also receive a complaint of a violation of Title IX from any member of the Augustana community.

laura schnack  

Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Student Investigations:
Laura Schnack, Associate Dean of Students, 794-7533

As a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Laura Schnack is primarily responsible for investigations when a student is accused of violating Title IX. She can also receive a complaint of a violation of Title IX from any member of the Augustana community.

jessica schultz  

Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Faculty Matters:
Jessica Schultz, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Psychology, 794-7331

As a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Jessica Schultz is primarily responsible for organizing faculty training required under Title IX and receiving complaints related to faculty violations of Title IX.  Associate Dean Schultz can also receive a complaint of a violation of Title IX from any member of the Augustana community.

A person may also file a complaint online with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights regarding an alleged violation of Title IX or by calling 1-800-421-3481.

Confidential resources

Individuals who feel they have been victims of sexual misconduct may require time and support in reaching the decision as to whether to make formal complaints. There are confidential resources on campus and in the community available to individuals who do not wish to make a formal report to campus authorities or who wish to speak with a confidential resource in addition to making a formal report. Information disclosed to a confidential resource will not be shared with other individuals.  These resources generally only report to the College the fact that an incident occurred without revealing any personally identifying information.  This also means that disclosures to a confidential resource will not result in a College investigation into an incident. These confidential resources include:

Confidential resources on campus

Counseling Services, 309-794-7357

Counseling Services can provide emotional and medical support in a safe and confidential space. Counselors are not required to disclose identifying information as they have professional obligations to maintain the confidentiality of their clients. They also can help you think through your options for filing a formal report.

William Iavarone, director of counseling

Allison Mirell, student counselor and licensed clinical social worker

Alyssa Matz, student counselor

Office of Campus Ministries, 309-794-7213;  Founders Hall 101

• Chaplain

Confidential advisors

Through a partnership, the college has arranged for the availability of confidential advisors employed by SafePath Survivor Resources of Family Resources to provide emergency and on-going support to survivors of sexual assault.

• Emilee Goad, Sexual Health and Violence Prevention Coordinator, 563-468-2324, or

Confidential resources in the community

SafePath Survivor Resources of Family Resources – 24-Hour Free Crisis Line, 309-797-1777

SafePath Survivor Resources of Family Resources is a community-based program that serves the needs of women, men, children and families whose lives have been affected by domestic or sexual violence, human trafficking, or other violent crimes.

Illinois Domestic Violence Help Line1-877-863-6338

National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline, 1-800-656-4673

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network