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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 Title IX coordinators with any questions about Title IX at Augustana College, or to file a complaint of sex discrimination. 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.

Interim chief Title IX coordinator

Chris Beyer, director of Residential Life, 309-794-2686. He is responsible for the enforcement of Title IX at the college. Beyer can receive complaints from any individual regarding Title IX.  He will oversee  Human Resources staff who 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.

Deputy Title IX coordinators

Student investigations: Laura Schnack, associate dean of students, 309-794-7533. Laura Schnack primarily is responsible for investigations when a student is accused of violating Title IX. 

Faculty matters: Jessica Schultz, associate dean of Academic Affairs and associate professor of psychology, 309-794-7331. Dr. Schultz primarily is responsible for organizing faculty training required under Title IX and receiving complaints related to faculty violations of Title IX. 

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

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.

• Cassandra Hall, campus coordinator,, 312-529-0574.

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