Shimer College

Title IX/VAWA/SaVE Acts

Title IX at Shimer College

Title IX/Sexual Misconduct

The Law

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. states in part that “no person in the United States shall on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Sex discrimination also includes sexual misconduct in the form of sexual harassment and a hostile environment. Sexual misconduct can occur among, between or to heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Sexual misconduct is one or more acts of, sexual violence (rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse), dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual harassment, or gender-based harassment or discrimination. Sexual discrimination and sexual misconduct represent conduct/behavior that are prohibited by the Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Policy below. 

Shimer College Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Policy Statement

Shimer College seeks to foster an atmosphere of respect for all members of the Shimer community. Shimer College is committed to providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination and sexual misconduct. All members of the Shimer College community, visitors, and guests are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe on the rights of others. Shimer College expects members of the Shimer community to comply with all applicable laws, ordinances, and policies of the United States, the State of Illinois, Cook County, the City of Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and VanderCook College of Music (VCM) are in effect on the campus of Shimer College.                                                                                          
On-campus violation(s) of any one or more of those laws, ordinances, or policies are also violations of the rules of Shimer College and will be treated accordingly. Policies, procedures, and regulations established by IIT and the VCM regarding housing, use of facilities and services, or otherwise applicable programs to Shimer students are also rules of Shimer College. Students are accountable to the civil authorities for off‑campus behavior. The College will not tolerate discrimination in the form of sexual misconduct.

Retaliation Prohibited

Shimer College does not condone or tolerate retaliation against any individual who reports a Title IX complaint. Retaliation against any individual who opposes what they believe to be discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, gender identity or in the form of sexual misconduct is prohibited by this Policy. Retaliation should be reported immediately to the Shimer College Title IX Coordinator, 3424 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60616, (312) 235-3511,  or at

Reporting Sexual Misconduct

Any person who has been the subject of sexual discrimination or sexual misconduct may file a complaint alleging the violation of the Title IX/Sexual Misconduct policy prohibiting sexual discrimination/misconduct with the Title IX Coordinator (Samantha L. Bennett, 312.235.3511, or designee. The privacy of complainant and those accused of violating this policy shall be protected throughout proceedings to the extent possible. All reasonable measures will be taken to assure that no one involved in any complaint, investigation, or remedy shall suffer retaliation as a result of the proceedings. 
Anyone who is the victim of sexual misconduct and desires to file a criminal report can do so by calling the IIT Public Safety Department (312.808.6300) or the Chicago Police Department at 911 as soon as possible.  

Title IX Coordinator

The College’s Title IX Coordinator is responsible for the College’s Title IX compliance program, which includes management and implementation of the College’s Title IX policies and complaint procedures. The Title IX Coordinator also directs the coordination of related education, training, and prevention programs and monitors the campus climate.
Any questions regarding Title IX at Shimer College may be referred to:
Samantha L. Bennett
Title IX Coordinator
3424 South State Street, Room 224
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 235-3511
Inquiries/questions regarding this policy and/or Title IX may also be referred to: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education Citigroup Center 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475 Chicago, IL 60661-4544 (312) 730-1560