Title IX and Sexual Misconduct: Prevention, Response and Resources
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.
Chief Title IX coordinator
Mindy Zumdome, director of Human Resources, 309-794-7452. She is responsible for the enforcement of Title IX at the college. Zumdome can receive complaints from any individual regarding Title IX. She 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
Deputy Title IX Coordinator: Chris Beyer, Director of Residential Life, 309-794-2686. As a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Chris Beyer is primarily responsible for organizing student training required under Title IX. He can also receive a complaint of a violation of Title IX from any member of the Augustana community.
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.
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 Line, 1-877-863-6338
National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline, 1-800-656-4673