If Someone Tells You They Have Experienced Sexual Misconduct
What to Do
- If someone tells you that they have experienced sexual misconduct including: sexual
harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, first offer them support. Listen to them and encourage them to seek help and counseling as soon as possible.
- The person’s health and safety should be your primary concern. If the person’s safety is an
immediate concern, contact Campus Safety and Security at 815-740-3200 or call 911.
- Report the incident in accordance with the policy.
- If there is any question about how to proceed after a conversation with someone who has
experienced misconduct, call and consult with the Title IX Coordinator.
Who Needs to Report?
All university employees, including student employees or volunteers responsible for the welfare of other students, are required to report to a university resource:
- Campus Safety & Security, 815-740-3200
- Title IX Coordinator, Allison Heard, 815-740-5025
- Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Molly Knapczyk, 815-740-5076
- Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Cara Currier, 815-740-3407
- Dean of Student Life, Mollie Rockafellow, 815-740-3381
The only exceptions are those few employees who operate with statutorily protected confidentiality (i.e., health services, counseling, clergy, sexual assault advocates). If you have questions about whether to report, please call the Title IX Coordinator.
Why Do I Need to Report?
- To ensure that the complainant has access to all of the available resources.
- To help identify individuals displaying patterns of behavior.
- To identify and address any trends or systemic problems.
- To keep our campus safe.
What to Say
- There are many resources available to help you, both at the university and in the community. Some resources are strictly confidential.
- I am required to connect you to the Title IX Coordinator who will meet with you to help you take care of your own personal safety and your physical and emotional well-being, direct you to resources, and explain your options if you want the university to take action.
- The Title IX Coordinator will keep your information private and will only share it with those who “need to know.” You have the right to choose to whom you will speak, what resources you will use, what you will say, and when you will say it.
If You Have Experienced Sexual Misconduct
What to Do
A person who experiences an incident of sexual misconduct should consider the following immediate actions:
- Contact Campus Safety and Security at 815-740-3200 or law enforcement at 911.
- Seek medical attention.
- Contact a trained, experienced counselor. Options for consideration include the USF Counseling and Wellness Center (Motherhouse, Rm. 318), 815-740-3598 or 24/7 on-call counselor 815-278-2235. Another option to consider is Presence St. Joseph Medical Center, 333 Madison St., 815-725-7133.
- Report the situation to the Title IX Coordinator in Motherhouse, C229, 815-740-5025.
- Contact parents, relatives or close friends for support.
You don’t have to choose a course of action immediately, but consider preserving evidence in case you choose to pursue charges. Possible evidence might be physical (clothing, bedding, letters, etc.) or not (photos, emails, text messages, etc.).
What to Know
- You set the pace.
- You have the right to choose to whom you will speak, what resources you will use, what you will say, and when you will say it.
- There are many resources available to help you, both at the university and in the community.
- It is your choice whether to name the other person(s).
- Your information will be kept private and only shared with those who “need to know.” We want to take care of you and keep you safe, and we want to make sure that others in the community are safe.
- University of St. Francis prohibits sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
It is a violation of university policy to retaliate in any way against a student or employee because he/she raised allegations or was accused of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking.
- Campus Safety & Security (Tower Hall)
815-740-3200 (24 hrs) Campus Security Officer
- University Chaplain/Minister,
Fr. Terry Deffenbaugh, 815-740-3605
- Health & Counseling Services
(Motherhouse Rm. 318) 815-740-3598
- 24/7 On-Call Counselor (Confidential)
815-278-2235 (24 hrs)
- Dean of Student Life
Mollie Rockafellow, 815-740-3381
- Title IX Coordinator & Director of Institutional Diversity
Allison Heard, 815-740-5025
- Benefits, Compensation &
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Molly Knapczyk, 815-740-5076
- Assistant Director of Athletics &
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Cara Currier, 815-740-3407
- USF Wellness Center
- Joliet Police Department (24 hrs)
911 or 815-724-3100
- Presence St. Joseph Medical Center
(333 Madison St.) (24 hrs) 815-725-7133
- Domestic Violence Hotline (24 hrs)
- Sexual Assault Hotline (24 hrs)
- National Suicide Hotline
- Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Region V Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661