Sexual Misconduct Policy and Resources
Saint Xavier University is 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 is committed to an environment that is free from exploitation, intimidation, and discrimination based on gender. Sexual misconduct in any form, for example, sexual harassment, dating violence and stalking have no place in our community. As part of our responsibility under Title IX, the University will vigorously pursue complaints related to sexual misconduct and these related areas.
Question: How does Saint Xavier University handle allegations of sexual misconduct?
Answer: Saint Xavier University is 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 is committed to an environment that is free from exploitation, intimidation, and discrimination based on gender.
Saint Xavier offers a multitude of resources to students seeking support including:
- Counseling Center
- Our counseling services are available 24/7/365
- By appointment, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by phone during office hours: 773-298-4045;
- If the emergency is on campus, call Public Safety at 773-298-3911, and they will contact the on-call counselor
- Dean of Students Office can assist students in knowing their full range of options for response to an incident, assist with interim measures
- Residence Life staff is available to take an initial report and assist you with the process
- Pillars Community is an agency external to Saint Xavier University. Their staff members are specifically and extensively trained to work with survivors of sexual misconduct or sexual violence: Sexual Assault Hotline: 708-482-9600
- RAINN is a national sexual assault hotline available 24/7 for those seeking confidential support and additional resources: Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673)
Question: How can I report sexual misconduct?
Answer: Though the University recognizes that taking action to make a report and choosing how to proceed can be difficult following an incident of sexual misconduct, individual victims of such misconduct are strongly encouraged to pursue the use of any and all medical, local law enforcement and University reporting resources available. Campus and community resource professionals can provide important information about available resources and procedural options, as well as necessary assistance, regardless of when or where the incident occurred.
At the time a report is made, a reporting party does not have to decide to request any particular course of action, nor does a reporting party need to know how to label what happened. Those decisions can be made over time with the support of the University and to the extent that is legally possible and appropriate.
Students May Report Through the Following Offices:
- Dean of Students/Title IX Office: Warde Academic Center, L-103, 773-298-3121
- Residence Life: Rubloff Hall, 773-298-3977
- Public Safety: 773-298-3911 (24 hours)
- Please Note: The Ofﬁce of Public Safety is available to receive reports of incidents of sexual misconduct 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. A member of the Ofﬁce of Public Safety will be able to arrange transportation to the local hospital, to meet with local law enforcement and to meet a member of the Dean of Students Office.
The University encourages reporting parties to pursue criminal action for incidents of sexual misconduct that may also be crimes under Illinois criminal statutes. Upon request from the reporting party, the University will assist with contacting local law enforcement, ﬁling a report, obtaining a protective order and cooperating with law enforcement agencies if a reporting party decides to pursue the criminal process.
Students may report via the following law enforcement agencies:
- Chicago Police Department: 312-745-0570 (22nd District)
- Oak Lawn Police Department: 708-422-8292
- Cook County Sheriff's Ofﬁce: 773-674-2276
- Evergreen Park Police Department: 708-422-2142
- Counseling Center: 3911 W. 103rd St., Driehaus Center, 773-298-4045
- Health Center: 3925 W. 103rd St., Driehaus Center, 773-298-3712
Please Note: The Counseling Center and the Health Center are designated as conﬁdential reporting personnel. They are not required to inform other personnel at the University of a sexual violence report, unless there is deemed an imminent threat of harm to self or others.
You have the right not to file a report. However, we encourage you to seek medical attention, including counseling, either on-campus or off-campus. If you wish to file a report at a later date, you may do so by contacting the Dean of Student's Office, a Title IX deputy, and/or Public Safety when you are ready.
Consistent with its mission, the University offers support and resources throughout the investigation process -- and thereafter -- to all participants in an investigation. Interim measures and accommodations may be employed on a case by case basis to ensure the integrity of the investigation and protect the interests of the participants and the campus community. We encourage anyone who may have been involved with or has information regarding allegations of sexual misconduct to report to the University. We work closely with our all members of our community, and any involved authorities to report and investigate all allegations, and respect federal privacy laws in confidentiality throughout the process. If you or someone you know has survived sexual assault, contact the SXU Public Safety Department for immediate emergency response and official notification to the University at SXU Ext. 3911; 773-298-3911.