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Title IX — Preventing & Responding to Sexual Violence

Waubonsee is committed to the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, putting forth every effort to uphold the spirit of the law and promote the physical and emotional wellbeing of our community.

Waubonsee is committed to the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, putting forth every effort to uphold the spirit of the law and promote the physical and emotional wellbeing of our community.

Waubonsee prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct (e.g., sexual assault, sexual violence, sexual harassment), relationship violence (e.g. dating and domestic violence) and stalking. These offenses are illegal and will not be tolerated.

Survivor Rights & Options

If you are a Survivor, Witness, Bystander, or Third-Party to sexual misconduct:

  1. You have the right to report or not report the incident to the college, to law enforcement, or both.
  2. You have the right to privacy in reporting. Reporting the incident to the college’s confidential advisor (Mutual Ground) and/or a college counselor is recommended for survivors who wish to maintain the highest level of confidentiality allowable by law. Title IX and law enforcement officials have additional legal reporting obligations and cannot guarantee full confidentiality.
  3. You have the right to request and receive assistance from college employees in notifying law enforcement.
  4. You have the right to request and receive assistance from Waubonsee in accessing campus and local health and mental health services, counseling and advocacy services.*
  5. You have the right to request interim protective measures and accommodations from the college.*
  6. You have the right to file a complaint and seek resolution if you believe that the college has violated any of its policies.

*Assistance is available regardless of whether a person chooses to report. Assistance may include, but is not limited to:

  • providing on-campus counseling and direct support with referrals
  • adjusting class schedules or on-campus work schedules
  • ensuring security before or after a class session
  • providing information regarding “no contact orders” and orders of protection
  • working with other institutions if an employee or student from another institution is involved
  • providing information regarding financial aid or other support as needed

Sexual Assault Emergency Action Steps

  • Get to a safe place as soon as possible.
  • Call 911 to get immediate help.
  • Call Mutual Ground’s Sexual Assault Hotline at (630) 897-8383 and request support from a trained advocate.
  • Seek immediate medical attention, preferably at a hospital emergency room accompanied by a Mutual Ground advocate and/or a trusted friend. Medical personnel are trained to perform an optional "rape kit" exam, where they are able to gather evidence for your case. Partial physical evidence can be collected up to 7 days after the incident.
  • If you do not want to report to the police now, it is still important to have a medical exam to make sure things are okay. They can test you for injuries, pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s), each step only with your consent, at no cost to you.
  • It’s best not to shower, change clothes, or clean up in any way before going to the hospital.

Counselors are available in the Counseling, Advising and Transfer Center at (630) 466-2361.

Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Guide
Title IX Coordinator Contact Information

Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the U.S. Department of Education’s implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106, the College’s Title IX Coordinator has primary responsibility for coordinating the College’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in all the operations of Waubonsee Community College, as well as retaliation for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX.

Sexual misconduct against students, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, and sexual exploitation, can be a form of sex discrimination under Title IX. The Title IX coordinator oversees the College’s response to reports and complaints that involve possible sex discrimination to monitor outcomes, identify and address any patterns, and assess effects on the campus climate, so the College can address issues that affect the wider school community.

A student should contact the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator(s) in order to:

  • seek information or training about students’ rights and courses of action available to resolve reports or complaints that involve potential sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct,
  • file a complaint or make a report of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct,
  • notify the College of an incident or policy or procedure that may raise potential Title IX concerns,
  • get information about available resources (including confidential resources) and support services relating to sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct, and
  • ask questions about the College’s policies and procedures related to sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct.

Waubonsee’s Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator are:

Michele Needham
Executive Director of Human Resources
(Title IX Coordinator)
(630) 466-7900, ext. 2367

Melinda Tejada, Ed.D.
Vice President of Student Development
(Deputy Title IX Coordinator)
(630) 466-7900, ext. 2590

In the event that the incident, policy, or procedure about which the student seeks to file a report or complaint creates the appearance of a conflict of interest with one of the members of the Title IX compliance team, students may contact the Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator.

Inquiries or complaints that involve potential violations of Title IX may also be referred to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights or the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Confidential Advisors

Mutual Ground of Aurora has partnered with WCC to provide confidential advisors for emergency and ongoing support to student survivors of sexual violence. Mutual Ground confidential advisors are extensively trained on issues related to sexual violence. Contact information for the coordinating WCC confidential advisor at Mutual Ground is below:

Jenaleigh M. Dague
Emergency Response Coordinator
Mutual Ground
418 Oak Ave
Aurora, IL 60506
Office: (630) 897-0084, ext. 162

Sexual Assault Hotline: (630) 897-8383
Domestic Violence Hotline: (630) 897-0080

WCC Counselors are also available to assist students confidentially and connect them with Mutual Ground if appropriate and desired by the student.

All communications between a student survivor of sexual violence and a “confidential advisor” or WCC counselor are kept confidential unless the survivor consents to the disclosure of the communication in writing or the failure to disclose would violate state or federal law. Confidential communications may be shared if failure to disclose would result in a clear, imminent risk of serious physical injury or death of the survivor or another person.

Waubonsee's Board Policy and Procedures regarding Sexual Misconduct
Required Training for All Students & Employees

The federal Violence Against Women Act (2013) and State of Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act (2015) requires Waubonsee Community College (WCC) to provide information and training to students (annually) and employees on preventing and responding to sexual assaults, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

The online training program for all students, “Not Anymore at Community Colleges” is available through mywcc and lasts approximately 30 minutes in length. There are versions of the program for new and continuing students. Upon logging in, you will be directed to the appropriate training program. The program can be completed on any tablet, phone, or computer. If you are unable to complete the training, please contact the Dean for Students Office at (630) 466-7900, ext. 2363.

The online training program for employees, Bridges: Building a Supportive Community” is available through mywcc and lasts approximately 60 minutes in length. If you are unable to complete the training please contact the Human Resources at (630) 466-7900 ext. 2718.

Ongoing Educational Programs to Raise Awareness & Prevention

Join the Waubonsee Community College Sexual Violence and Assault Prevention Committee, along with our student organizations, for a series of awareness events this fall.

The Clothesline Project

Stop by and decorate your own shirt during Involvement Fair.

Shirts will be displayed on campus.

The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a national program started in 1990 to address the issue of domestic violence. It is a vehicle for victims to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. The shirts will then be hung on a clothesline and displayed on our campuses to increase awareness of the impact of sexual and domestic violence, to celebrate survivors’ strength and to provide another avenue to help break the silence that often surrounds the experience.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®

The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence is an opportunity for everyone to raise awareness in their community about sexual violence against women.

Participants will walk in high-heeled shoes around campus to show their support. Anyone is welcome to register for this event. Men are highly encouraged!

For more information on these events, contact Dean for Students at (630) 466-7900, ext. 2363.

Sexual Violence Awareness & Prevention Task Force

As part of Waubonsee’s commitment to maintaining a safe community free of any sexual misconduct the College has established a campus-wide task force to continually review and address Waubonsee’s sexual violence awareness, prevention, and response initiatives.

The membership of this task force consists of:

  • Executive Director of Human Resources (Title IX Coordinator)
  • Vice President of Student Development (Deputy Coordinator)
  • Dean for Counseling, Career, & Student Support
  • Dean for Online Learning and the CTLT
  • Dean for Students
  • Campus Police Chief
  • Employee Relations Manager
  • Student Life Manager
  • Admissions Manager
  • Accommodations Coordinator
  • Mutual Ground Representative
  • Kane County States Attorney Office Representative
  • Marketing Manager
  • Faculty Representative
  • Counseling Faculty Representative (2)
  • Student Senate Representative
  • Women4Women Student Club Representative
Campus and Community Resources

College Resources

Campus Police — Dial 9-1-1 for Emergencies

Campus Police Non-emergencies:

  • Sugar Grove & Plano
    (630) 466-2552
  • Aurora Downtown &
    Aurora Fox Valley

    (630) 906-4142

Melinda Tejada, Ed.D.
Vice President of Student Development
(Deputy Title IX Coordinator)
(630) 466-7900, ext. 2590

Michele Needham
Executive Director of Human Resources
(Title IX Coordinator)
(630) 466-7900, ext. 2367

Scott Peska, Ed.D.
Dean for Students
(630) 466-7900, ext. 2363

Kelli Sinclair
Dean for Counseling, Career and Student Support
(630) 466-7900, ext. 2389

Counseling Center
(630) 466-7900, ext. 2361

Waubonsee 24/7 Talk Line
(630) 264-0394

Community Resources

The Crisis Line of the Fox Valley
(630) 966-9393

Mutual Ground
Domestic Violence: (630) 897-0080
Sexual Assault: (630) 897-8383

National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-7233

Kane County Child Advocacy Center
(800) 242-3873

National Sexual Assault Hotline
(800) 656-4673

Safe Passages (Shelter-DeKalb)
Hotline: (815) 756-5228
In Sandwich: (815) 786-6333

Survivors of Incest Anonymous World Service Office
P.O. Box 190
Benson, MD  21018-9998
(410) 893-3322

How To Report Sexual Misconduct

Reporting is easily done by filling out the Waubonsee Intervention Form (WIF) for Sexual Misconduct.

Form (WIF)

Reports will be reviewed by the Title IX Coordinators to determine next steps.  We encourage any member of the community to file a report if they learn of a potential violation of the Sexual Misconduct policy.