Title IX at Elmhurst College

Reporting Procedures

There are several methods individuals can use to report harassment and sexual misconduct.

Reporting to a Responsible Employee
All College hourly and full-time faculty, staff and contract vendor employees (other than those in Student Health Services and Counseling Services) are considered responsible employees, meaning they are required to report any alleged incidents of harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking to the Title IX Coordinator.

Therefore, if a student reports an incident to any responsible employee, that person is obligated to ensure student privacy, meaning that information about the incident will only be shared with those who “need to know” in order to effectively respond to the incident and to support the student survivor. In order to maintain such privacy, employees, customers, students, vendors and other persons affiliated with the College who believe they have experienced, have witnessed, or have received a report about discrimination or harassment should immediately notify either their supervisor or the Title IX Coordinator, a Title IX Deputy Coordinator, or Campus Security.

Contact information for these individuals is provided below.

Title IX Coordinator
Dr. Phil Riordan
Vice President for Student Affairs
Frick Center 240
(630) 617-3187
phil.riordan@elmhurst.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Students
Jennifer K. Duffield
Assistant Dean of Students
Frick Center 240
(630) 617-5199
jenn.duffield@elmhurst.edu

Interim Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Staff
Karen Kissel
Executive Director of Human Resources
Lehmann Hall 023
(630) 617-3012
karen.kissel@elmhurst.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Faculty
Dr. April Edwards
Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty
Goebel Hall 104
(630) 617-3063
april.edwards@elmhurst.edu

Campus Security
Lehmann Hall, Lower Level
(630) 617-3000

Reporting to a Confidential Advisor*
Under Illinois law, students must be afforded the opportunity to report to a confidential advisor. Confidential advisors provide emergency and ongoing support to survivors of sexual violence. They have received at least 40 hours of training on sexual violence, attend a minimum of 6 hours of ongoing education training annually, and have received training on the College’s administrative process, interim measures and accommodations, and complaint resolution procedures. The confidential advisor is able to review this information with a student and participate as an advisor or support person in any meeting related to an institutional investigation or grievance procedure, as well as provide guidance for the criminal reporting process. If a student discloses an incident of sexual misconduct to a confidential advisor, the advisor is not obligated to share such information with the institution’s Title IX Coordinator, and would keep all communication with a survivor confidential.

Elmhurst College partners with the YWCA to provide confidential advisors to students. Confidential advisors can be reached using the contact information provided below. It is advised that Elmhurst College students should identify themselves as such when contacting the YWCA confidential advisors so that they can ensure the confidential advisors provide the appropriate resources and information to the survivor.

YWCA Patterson and McDaniel Family Center
(630) 971-3927

Reporting to a Confidential Resource*
The only Elmhurst College staff members who are not considered responsible employees are those in the Wellness Center who work in Student Health Services and Counseling Services. These staff members serve as a confidential resource to faculty, staff, and students on campus, meaning that disclosures of sexual or interpersonal misconduct to Wellness Center staff from a patient would not be shared with the Title IX Coordinator and would be kept confidential per patient privacy rights. Contact information for Wellness Center staff is provided below.

Student Health Services
Niebuhr Hall, Lower Level
(630) 617-3565

Counseling Services
Niebuhr Hall, Lower Level
(630) 617-3565 

*Confidential advisors and confidential resources keep any reports of sexual misconduct confidential, meaning that reporting to them will not trigger follow-up or an investigation by the Title IX Coordinator. 

Reporting to the Police
Students can contact the local police to initiate the criminal reporting process, which is separate from the campus reporting process. Elmhurst College Campus Security will support students who wish for assistance working through the criminal reporting process. Additional information and resources regarding these issues is available on the Campus Security website

Elmhurst Police Department
15 E. First Street
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126
Emergency Number: 911
Non-Emergency Number: (630) 530-3050 

Reporting Online
In addition to reporting directly to the Title IX Coordinator, a Deputy Coordinator, Campus Security, a responsible employee, or a confidential advisor or resource, Elmhurst College faculty, staff, and students can submit a report electronically. The form, available at the link below, allows for anonymous, third-party, and bystander reports. The Title IX Coordinator receives reports submitted through this form and directs them to the appropriate Deputy Coordinator for response. The more information a reporter provides, the more readily a Deputy Coordinator can respond to the concern and support the survivor.

File a Report

Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act Mandated Reporters
Under the requirements of the Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (ANCRA), all Elmhurst College employees are designated "mandated reporters." This law requires all regular full-time and part-time employees, temporary workers, and student workers to agree that if they have reasonable cause to believe that a child known through their work capacity may be abused or neglected, they have a responsibility to report it to the DCFS. 

Illinois Department of Children & Family Services
Child Abuse Hotline: (800) 252-2873 

 

Last updated November 2016.

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