Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention

See Rush’s policy Prohibition Against Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Against Students [PDF] to learn more about survivor reporting options and resources.

Sexual misconduct survivor rights and options

Right to report or not report

If you are a survivor, witness, bystander or third-party to sexual misconduct, you have the right to choose to report or not report sexual misconduct to Rush University, law enforcement, or confidential services, individually or simultaneously.

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Right to receive protection

Assistance notifying law enforcement

Survivors have the right to request and receive assistance from Rush University authorities in notifying law enforcement.

Request assistance from Rush University by contacting the following:

Shanon Shumpert
Title IX Coordinator
(312) 942-5239
shanon_shumpert@rush.edu

Security Department
(312) 942-5678
From campus phone: 2-5678

The following is contact information for local law enforcement:

Chicago Police Department
12th District Police Department
1412 S. Blue Island
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 746-8396
CAPS012District@chicagopolice.org

Assistance accessing and navigating health services

Survivors have the right to request and receive assistance from Rush University authorities in accessing and navigating campus and local health and mental health services, counseling and advocacy services.

Request assistance by contacting:

Shanon Shumpert
Title IX Coordinator
(312) 942-5239
shanon_shumpert@rush.edu

Division of Student Affairs, Rush University
(312) 942-2819
student_affairs@rush.edu

Rush University Student Counseling Center
(312) 942-3687 (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Requesting protective measures and accommodations

Survivors have the right to request interim protective measures and accommodations, including, without limitation:

  • Changes to academic, living, dining, working and transportation situation
  • Obtaining and enforcing campus issued order of protection or no contact order
  • Obtaining and enforcing state court issued order of protection or no contact order

Request Assistance by contacting:

Shanon Shumpert
Title IX Coordinator
(312) 942-5239
shanon_shumpert@rush.edu

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Additional resources

The following Chicagoland organizations may offer support, assistance, and information to survivors, witnesses and others affected by sexual misconduct.

YMCA Rape Crisis Hotline
(888) 293-2080 (24 hours)

Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline
1 N. LaSalle St. #1150
Chicago, IL
(888) 293-2080

Rush University confidential advisors

Rape Victim Advocates
180 N Michigan Ave #600
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 443-9603

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Summary of Rush University’s sexual misconduct complaint resolution procedures

Rush University is committed to ensuring that all reports are referred to the Title IX coordinator, who will ensure consistent application of the policy to all individuals and allow Rush University to respond promptly and equitably to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence and eliminate its effects. The Title IX coordinator conducts an initial assessment and decides whether there is sufficient information about a potential violation of this policy for the case to go forward. He or she will also assess the necessity for any interim measures to maintain safety. An investigator will conduct a full investigation. During this investigation, the complainant and respondent will have an equal opportunity to be heard, to submit information and to identify witnesses who may have relevant information. At the conclusion of the investigation the investigator will prepare a written report. If the investigator finds by a preponderance of the evidence that this policy has been violated, the case will be referred for sanctions as appropriate. Rush will make every effort to resolve all reports within 60 calendar days from the time a complainant, or the University, decides to move forward with a concern. For complaints against employees or non-students, the investigative finding will be shared with the respondent’s direct supervisor who, in consultation with human resources, shall have disciplinary authority to impose appropriate corrective action. For complaints against students, the investigative findings will be referred to the outcome council, who shall have disciplinary authority to impose appropriate outcomes (i.e., sanctions). At the conclusion of the disciplinary process, both a complainant and a respondent will have the opportunity to appeal.

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Right to privacy

If an individual requests confidentiality when reporting, Rush University will take all reasonable steps to honor the request, taking into account that confidentiality may not be possible in every case given Rush University’s responsibility to provide a safe environment for all members of the Rush University community. Before disclosing private information to any Rush University official, be advised that many Rush University employees are responsible employees; therefore those Rush University employees are mandated crime reporters with the authority and responsibility to report sexual misconduct to University officials. All responsible employees are required to participate in training and report sexual misconduct to the Title IX coordinator. Rush University responsible employees are listed below. Employees who are exempted from the reporting requirement are professional counselors who provide confidential work-related mental health counseling and campus advocates who provide confidential victim assistance. 

Responsible employees

A survivor’s professor, instructor or other faculty member
Assistant director of security services
Associate director of student life and engagement
Associate provost, academic affairs
Chief compliance officer
Department manager, College of Nursing
Department manager, Division of Student Affairs
Department manager, The Graduate College
Director of admission, Rush Medical College
Director of community engagement
Director of security services
Director of student diversity and multicultural affairs
Director of student life and engagement
Director, College of Health Sciences, marketing and admission
Director, university affairs
Equal opportunity officer
Human resources compliance manager
Manager, diversity and inclusion, community employment liaison
Rush University Counseling Center staff
Senior associate provost for educational affairs
Senior director, community engagement
Title IX coordinator  
University registrar   
Vice president, corporate compliance

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Prohibition of retaliation

Rush University will take appropriate steps to ensure that a person who reports or participates in a sexual misconduct investigation or proceeding will not be subjected to retaliation by the respondent or by others with knowledge of the report. Anyone who believes they are experiencing retaliation is strongly encouraged to report the concern.

Report retaliation by contacting the following:

Shanon Shumpert
Title IX Coordinator
(312) 942-5239
shanon_shumpert@rush.edu

Confidential reports can also be made through the Rush Hotline at (877) 787-4009 or via the Rush web reporting tool at rush.ethicspoint.com.

More information

See Rush’s policy Prohibition Against Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Against Students to learn more about survivor reporting options and resources.

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