Campus Safety Notice: Sexual Misconduct

This campus safety notice address a report of sexual misconduct.


On Thursday, Sept. 20, at approximately 3 p.m., a non-student reported she was sexually assaulted by a person known to her in a residence hall during the early morning hours of Sept. 20. The University is investigating the incident.

The only person responsible for sexual misconduct is the perpetrator. It is a violation of University policy ( to engage in sexual activities without consent. Consent is an agreement between participants to engage in sexual activity. When you're engaged in sexual activity, consent is about communication. Consent must be freely given without threats, pressure, or manipulation. Past consent does not imply future consent. It must also be clearly communicated; a person who remains silent or passive is not giving consent. Someone incapacitated due to alcohol or drugs cannot consent to sexual activity.

A University student or employee found in violation of sexual misconduct policies faces sanctions up to and including expulsion or termination.

Approximately 80 percent of assaults are committed by someone known to the victim; 47 percent of rapists are a friend or acquaintance. Western Illinois University recognizes this and all reports of assault are taken seriously and investigated accordingly.

Abusers are solely responsible for the abuse. It can nonetheless be important to have strategies for reducing one's risk of being sexually assaulted (taken from Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, if you are uncomfortable with someone's behavior or feel threatened, remove yourself from the situation; trust your instincts; don't allow yourself to be isolated with someone you don’t trust; don't leave your drink unattended and don't accept drinks from others; watch out for your friends. Victims of sexual assault or sexual misconduct are not to blame for anything that has happened to them. Western Illinois University provides on campus resources for victims through the University Counseling Center and the Beu Health Center. Off campus services are available through WIRC-Victim Services and McDonough District Hospital.

Bystanders play a critical role in the prevention of sexual assaults and sexual misconduct. Bystanders are not directly involved, but can intervene, speak up and do something about a situation. Bystanders should safely intervene whenever they suspect that someone is in danger, including when the source of the danger is a friend or acquaintance.

Western Illinois University promotes a culture of community accountability. If you or someone else is in immediate danger or if you believe a crime has been committed, call 9-1-1 immediately.

To report a sexual assault or other sex offenses, call OPS at any time at (309) 298-1949. Individuals may also report a sexual assault and other sexual misconduct, without the direct involvement of police, to the University's Title IX coordinator (Office of Equal Opportunity and Access) at (309) 298-1977.