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Complaint Reporting Procedures and Guidelines

Complaints may be reported by the survivor or by anyone else who has knowledge of a violation of this Policy. Anyone who wishes to initiate a complaint regarding a violation of this Policy may do so by contacting any of the following:

1) Title IX Coordinator – Matt Gawenda – (312) 922-1884
2) Registrar - Mariza Silva – (312) 922-1884

If any of these afore-mentioned people, other than the Title IX Coordinator, is first notified of a complaint, that person must promptly inform the Title IX Coordinator of the complaint. If the complaint involves an allegation of sexual misconduct, the Title IX Coordinator will promptly inform the Office of the General Counsel of such complaint. There is no time limit on when a complaint pursuant to this Policy can be made to the College, however, the College’s ability to investigate and respond may be affected by any time delay in reporting. Therefore, the College strongly encourages survivors to file complaints promptly. Prompt reporting will serve to enhance the College’s ability to investigate effectively and to preserve important evidence for future proceedings, including, for example, legal and disciplinary proceedings.

In the case of an anonymous report, such complaint will be investigated to the extent possible, however, all anonymous reporters should be aware that reporting anonymously may affect the College’s ability to investigate and respond effectively.

No College employee may discourage an individual from reporting misconduct covered by this Policy. Any College employee with any knowledge, whether from firsthand observation, having been confided in, or made aware of misconduct through any channel or source, must report the incident that violates this Policy to the Title IX Coordinator or Registrar even if the actual victim of such discrimination or harassment is not interested in filing a formal complaint. Certain College employees who are serving in a privileged professional capacity as defined by applicable Illinois State Law (such as a professional mental-health counselor) are not so obligated to report. No College employee is authorized to investigate or resolve a suspected violation of this Policy without the involvement of the Title IX Coordinator.

Student Conduct Committee
The Student Conduct Committee (SCC) is comprised of the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, a Program Director, the Registrar, and another College staff designee.The purpose of this committee is to investigate and adjudicate serious student conduct infractions.Any complaint against a MacCormac College student regarding sexual violence will be thoroughly investigated by the SCC.The following are important points regarding such a complaint brought to the SCC:

  1. A survivor may serve as the complainant or as a witness to the SCC
  2. The survivor and referred student are allowed to have an advisor of their choosing, including an attorney, throughout the hearing process.
  3. MacCormac College prohibits retaliation against anyone raising complaints or participating in the process under Title IX.
  4. Sanctions imposed may include probation, contact restrictions, suspension, or dismissal.
  5. All employees who respond to sexual and relationship violence and participate in making policy determinations through the SCC regarding incidents of sexual and relationship violence have undergone appropriate training on an annual basis.
  6. At the conclusion of the investigation by the SCC, both parties are simultaneously notified in writing of the outcome, appeal rights, if any changes are made to an outcome, and when an outcome is final.

This committee also functions as the College task force on sexual and relationship violence prevention.

Right to Request Interim Measures
The Dean of Academic and Student Affairs can assist in obtaining interim protective measures and accommodations for individuals involved in reports of sexual and relationship violence when requested and reasonably available, including changes to an academic situation.  Such options are available regardless of whether a survivor reports to local law enforcement or pursues internal disciplinary options.

Confidential Advisors
MacCormac College has designated two individuals as confidential advisors.They can provide anyone who has had an experience with sexual or relationship violence with a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space to receive support.These individuals can assist students with on and off campus resources and as well as assist with notifying local law enforcement about incidents of sexual and relationship violence.The College confidential advisors are:

Interim Dean of Academic Affairs Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Kenya Grooms

CAPPE Coordinator, Ms. Ta-Mara Battle