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Sexual Assault Policy

Saint Xavier University is committed to a community that respects the dignity and worth of each person. In accordance with the University’s Catholic, Mercy values and its role as an educational institution, Saint Xavier will not tolerate any form of coercive sexual behavior, including sexual assault, against any members of the community.

The University, in consultation with the victim, will pursue strong disciplinary action against students through the student conduct system as outlined in the Student Handbook. Possible sanctions for persons found in violation of the sexual assault policy range from restrictions of various campus privileges to suspension or expulsion from the University. Non-student members of the Saint Xavier community who have engaged in behavior that violates the sexual assault policy are subject to discipline under the University policies and procedures that apply to them. Violations of the sexual assault policy may also be criminal offenses according to Illinois law.

Definition of Sexual Assault and Illinois State Law

Battery: A person commits battery if he or she intentionally or knowingly, without legal justification and by any means, causes bodily harm to an individual; or makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature.

Sexual Conduct: Any intentional or knowing touching or fondling of the victim by the accused, either directly or through clothing, of the sex organs, anus or breast.

Criminal Sexual Abuse: An individual commits the crime of criminal sexual abuse if he or she commits an act of sexual conduct by the use of force or threat of force; or commits an act of sexual conduct and the accused knew that the victim was unable to understand the nature of the act or was unable to give knowing consent.

Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse: An individual commits the crime of aggravated criminal sexual abuse if he or she commits criminal sexual abuse and any of the following aggravating circumstances existed during the commission of the offense:

Criminal Sexual Assault: An individual commits criminal sexual assault if he or she:

Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault: An individual commits aggravated criminal sexual assault if he or she commits criminal sexual assault and any of the following aggravating circumstances existed during the commission of the offense:

Procedures for Responding to Sexual Assault

Saint Xavier encourages the reporting of all incidents of sexual assault. The privacy of the victim will be respected at all times. It is the victim’s decision whether to press a complaint or to continue with any form of resolution. It is the right of the victim not to report, but if she/he does report, no action will be taken without the victim’s consent.

A student who has been a victim of a sexual assault is encouraged to report the incident to the Office for Student Affairs. A staff member will advise the student of her/his rights and the appropriate procedures for filing a complaint. Information will be given to the student regarding the reporting procedures of the Public Safety Department and the Chicago Police Department. If a victim requests a change in academic or living arrangements, options will be discussed and all reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate the request.

The student will be informed of the various support services available through the university, including counseling and medical assistance.

The student may choose an informal resolution process or may decide to file a formal charge through the University conduct system. If an individual student decides to file a formal charge, an incident report should be completed and submitted to the Office for Student Affairs. The University will pursue strong disciplinary action against students found in violation of the sexual assault policy, including suspension or expulsion from the University.

A victim of sexual assault has legal recourse outside the University. Certain sexual conduct has serious legal consequences. If civil or criminal suit is filed, the University reserves the right to conduct its own investigation and proceedings regardless of the status or resolution of any civil or criminal litigation.
Support Services

The University provides support services for persons who have been victims of sexual assault. Staff will serve in an advocacy role and help refer individuals for appropriate medical, police, judicial and counseling assistance. Support is also available to students who do not wish to pursue formal procedures through the Office for Student Affairs. Assistance will be provided in changing academic schedules and living arrangements upon request and as available.

The following campus support services may be notified so they can be available to assist the victim:

Medical Attention: It is important to receive medical attention, whether or not you plan to report the crime to police. All services for sexual assault victims are provided free of cost in the State of Illinois. These services include options for an examination, collection of evidence, test for STDs and needed medical care. Any and all of these services may be accepted or refused by the victim.

A victim may choose to have a medical examination at the Health Center if a police report is not filed. This exam would not collect evidence, but would examine the victim for any health risks or injuries that may have been encountered during the sexual assault.

The following off-campus victim support services are available to assist the victim:

Advocate Christ Medical Center
4500 W. 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL
708-684-8000

Little Company of Mary
2800 W. 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL
708-422-6200

Rape Victim Advocates
228 S. Wabash, Suite 240
Chicago, IL
312-663-6303

Pillars Community Service
333 North LaGrange Rd., Suite One
LaGrange Park, IL
708-698-5500