Rights and Options

UIC's Rights and Options for Individuals Affected by Sexual Misconduct 

Right to Report or Not Report

You have the right to report OR not report an incident of sexual misconduct to the University or law enforcement or both.

Click here to learn more about Reporting an Incident and Resources.

 

Right to Receive Protection

Assistance Notifying Law Enforcement

You have the right to request and receive assistance from campus authorities in notifying law enforcement.

Assistance Accessing and Navigating Health Services

You have the right to request and receive assistance from campus authorities in accessing and navigating campus and local health and mental health services, counseling, and advocacy services.

Requesting Protective Measures and Accommodations

You have the right to request interim protective measures and accommodations, including, without limitation:

  • Changes to academic, living, dining, working, and transportation situation;
  • Obtaining and enforcing campus issued order of protection or no contact order;
  • Obtaining and enforcing state court issued order of protection or no contact order.

Click here to learn more about Reporting an Incident and Resources.

Request Assistance by contacting:

Michael Diaz, Title IX Coordinator
Amy Truelove, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Danielle Earls, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Office for Access & Equity
TitleIX@uic.edu
312-996-8670

DuJuan Smith, Assistant Dean of Students
Office of the Dean of Students
djuan7@uic.edu
312-996-4857

Andie Celerio, Assistant Director
Campus Advocacy Network (CAN)
CAN-appointment@uic.edu
312-413-8206

 

Right to Privacy

You have the right to understand your privacy rights if you report sexual misconduct. You may request that your identity be kept private and/or that UIC not investigate your report.

  • The Title IX Coordinator, or a designated staff member, will evaluate your request, taking into account your desires, UIC's responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students and employees, and other relevant factors.
  • It is important to understand that if UIC agrees to either of these requests, UIC's ability to respond fully to the incident, including initiating disciplinary action, may be limited.

You have the right to use confidential resources. Individuals at these locations are not required to report incidents of sexual misconduct to law enforcement or to UIC.

If an individual requests confidentiality when reporting, the University will take all reasonable steps to honor the request, taking into account that confidentiality may not be possible in every case given the University’s responsibility to provide a safe environment for all members of the campus community.

Before disclosing private information to any UIC official, be advised that all UIC employees are responsible employees; therefore all UIC employees are mandated crime reporters with the authority and responsibility to report sexual misconduct to University officials. All Responsible Employees are required to participate in training and report sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.

Employees who are exempted from the reporting requirement are professional
counselors who provide confidential work-related mental-health counseling and campus advocates who provide confidential victim assistance.

Click here to learn more about Reporting an Incident and Resources.

 

Prohibition of Retaliation

The University will take appropriate steps to ensure that a person who reports or participates in a sexual misconduct investigation or proceeding will not be subjected to retaliation by the student respondent or by others with knowledge of the report. Anyone who believes they are experiencing retaliation is strongly encouraged to report the concern.

Click here for UIC's Prohibition of Retaliation policy.

Report Retaliation by contacting:

Michael Diaz, Title IX Coordinator
Amy Truelove, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Danielle Earls, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Office for Access & Equity
TitleIX@uic.edu
312-996-8670

UIC's Amnesty Provision

The University recognizes that sometimes students are reluctant to seek help after experiencing sexual misconduct, or may be reluctant to help others who may have experienced sexual misconduct, because they fear being held responsible by the University or law enforcement for underage alcohol consumption or drug use. To encourage reporting, the university will not pursue disciplinary actions for alcohol/drug violations against a student making a good faith report of sexual misconduct.