In the movement toward reduced occurrences of sexual violence, governing bodies across the nation have joined together as forces united in fostering an environment where it is expressly clear that gender-based violence, and the stereotypes, stigma and misconceptions surrounding this crime, have no place in our society. The United States Federal Government, Illinois State Government, and Lincoln Land Community College Board of Trustees have formed and adopted comprehensive policies outlining focused efforts to prevent sexual assault and violence. Learn more about these policies and efforts below.
Lincoln Land Community College Board Policy
LLCC Board Policy 1.25 outlines the College’s expectations of a learning environment free from sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. This policy declares the College’s commitment to a safe and secure educational environment, explains jurisdiction over alleged violations of the policy, and clearly defines prohibited conduct.
Illinois General Assembly
On August 21, 2015, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 821, the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act, into law. This law follows suit of the federal government’s legislation focusing on the role of higher education institutions in preventing sexual assault and violence. The Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act requires that institutions of higher education provide confidential advisors for victims of sexual assault, provide annual reports to the Department of Human Rights and the Office of the Attorney General, and establish or participate in a campus-wide or regional task force focused on preventing sexual violence and coordinating with the community and the institution to provide services for survivors of sexual violence.
The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault
The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault (the Task Force) was established by United States President Barack Obama on January 22, 2014. The Task Force jump-started a nation-wide movement toward the understanding and prevention of sexual violence in higher education settings. Vice President Joe Biden released the Task Force’s first report, Not Alone, on April 29, 2014. This report provided statistics representing the high prevalence of sexual violence in college-aged individuals and provided guidelines meant to help college campuses improve their prevention and education programs and provide students with more information on their rights and options. In conjunction with the directives outlined by the report, the White House also launched a website intended to help students further understand their rights and how to file complaints, connect with resources related to sexual assault, and search for statistics about sexual violence at particular schools.