Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention

See Rush’s policies The Prohibition against Sexual Harassment in Rush Programs and Activities [PDF] and The Prohibition against Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct [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, law enforcement, or confidential services, individually or simultaneously.

If you are a witness, bystander, or third-party to sexual misconduct, the information shared by Rush after your initial report will be limited due to privacy considerations.

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Right to Receive Protection and Assistance Notifying Law Enforcement

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

Request assistance from Rush University by contacting the following:

Nancee Hofheimer, JD
Title IX Coordinator
nancee_b_hofheimer@rush.edu

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

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 authorities in accessing and navigating campus and local health and mental health services, counseling services, and advocacy services.

Request assistance by contacting the following:

Nancee Hofheimer, JD
Title IX Coordinator
nancee_b_hofheimer@rush.edu

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

Rush Center for Clinical Wellness
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Schedule an appointment (Rush login required)

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 the following:

Nancee Hofheimer, JD
Title IX Coordinator
nancee_b_hofheimer@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.

Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline
1 N. LaSalle St. #1150
Chicago, IL
(888) 293-2080 (24 hours)

Rush University Confidential Advisors:

Resilience
180 N. Michigan Ave. #600
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 443-9603 (24 hours)

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Summary of Rush’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 policies 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 one of the policies for the case to go forward. He or she will also assess the necessity for any interim measures to maintain safety. Depending on the initial assessment, an investigator may be assigned who will conduct a full investigation. During the 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. If it is determined by a preponderance of the evidence that Rush policy has been violated, the case will be referred for corrective action. Both the complainant and respondent will be notified of the outcome. In some cases, where a Formal Complaint is established under Rush’s Prohibition against Sexual Harassment in Rush Programs and Activities, a hearing panel will be convened to determine whether a policy violation occurred and what corrective action may be imposed. At the conclusion of the process, both a complainant and a respondent 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. Resilience, a Chicago-based advocacy organization for individuals who witness or experience sexual harassment or sexual misconduct, is available to members of the Rush community, and serves as confidential advisors.

Resilience
180 N. Michigan Ave. #600
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 443-9603 (24 hours)

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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:

Nancee Hofheimer, JD
Title IX Coordinator
nancee_b_hofheimer@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.

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