Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act Annual Report
The University of Chicago is committed to creating an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. This behavior may violate the law, does violate the standards of the community, and is unacceptable at the University of Chicago. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance, which includes the University of Chicago. The University of Chicago is consistent with its legal obligations and in keeping with its long-standing traditions and policies against discrimination.
This report was prepared in compliance with the Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act (110 ILCS 205/9.21 (b)). Under this law, the University of Chicago must meet several requirements, including: developing a comprehensive policy, including a procedure to resolve complaints; providing students with a confidential advisor; participating in a task force; offering annual training to students and campus employees; and reporting information and data annually to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.
The numbers provided within this report were reviewed using the following parameters included in the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act (110 ILCS 205/9.21(b)) and Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Reporting Requirements document issued by the Illinois Attorney General on June 1, 2017:
- For requirements that took effect on August 1, 2016, the school may report data from August 1, 2016 – December 31 2016; and
- Reported incidents should only pertain to “sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking;” and
- Data should be reported “whether filed against another student, an HEI employee, or someone unaffiliated with the HEI” and that data regarding disciplinary processes should be “related to complaints made by students against students subject to discipline under the HEI’s complaint resolution procedure;” and
- “Schools should only report data related to complaints of incidents that occurred within the geographic areas defined by the Clery Act…if a report does not include a location of the incident alleged in the complaint, schools should include that report or disclosure in its data and may annotate.”
The statistics for this report cover the period from August 1 – December 31, 2016. In the future, such reports will cover the entire calendar year.
This law and these reporting requirements may differ from other reporting guidelines, requests for information, and published documents, including, but not limited to, the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.
Incident Report Statistics: https://umatter.uchicago.edu/about/incident-report-statistics/
Annual Security & Fire Safety Report 2017-2018: https://securityreport.uchicago.edu