Sexual Misconduct, including sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation harassment, non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, is strictly prohibited at Lake Forest College.
Sexual misconduct is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by federal and state anti-discrimination laws. Some forms of sexual misconduct also violate the criminal laws of the State of Illinois. Sexual misconduct can occur between strangers or acquaintances, including people involved in an intimate or sexual relationship. Sexual misconduct can be committed by a person of any gender identity, and can occur between people of the same or different gender identities. You can access the College’s complete Sexual Misconduct Policy and Resources here.
- If you need emergency assistance from police or medical personnel, call 911.
- You can also call Public Safety at 847-735-5555 (5555 on campus) for immediate connection with the Lake Forest Police.
Victims of sexual assault should seek medical attention as soon as possible for STI exposure, pregnancy risk assessment, and to collect medical evidence to assist in criminal prosecution if applicable. The sooner medical evidence is collected, the more reliable the evidence will be in the event that you decide to report the assault to the police. To best preserve medical evidence, consider not bathing, douching, changing your clothes, brushing your teeth, or going to the bathroom. Forensic medical exams for victims of sexual assault are conducted free of charge through the State of Illinois, and are available at:
- Advocate Condell Medical Center Emergency Room, 639 S. Stewart Ave., Libertyville, IL 60048; 847-990-5300. Employs specially trained nurses to assist victims, collect potentially critical physical evidence.
- Highland Park Hospital Emergency Room, 777 Park Ave West, Highland Park, IL 60035; 847-432-8000. Employs specially trained nurses to assist victims and collect potentially critical physical evidence.
- Lake Forest Hospital Emergency Room, 660 N. Westmoreland Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60045; 847-535-6150.
There are people available to help you with the emotional aspects of sexual assault both on and off campus. Seeking assistance from the following resources does NOT trigger an official report of misconduct to College officials. They are not required to report your experience to anyone you don’t want them to.
- Lake Forest College’s Counseling Services, Buchanan Hall, 847-735-5240 (after hours at 224-501-1621). Drs. Jennifer Fast and Ed Neumann also serve as confidential advisors and can help advise of all of the on and off-campus resources and processes available to sexual misconduct survivors.
- Zacharias Center, 4275 Old Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL 60031, 847-872-7799.
- Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline, 888-293-2080.
- National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline, 800-656-HOPE (4673).
- State of Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline: 877-863-6338.
- Center on Halsted LGBTQ Violence Resource Line: 773-871-CARE (2273).
Reporting Sexual Assault to Campus and/or Law Enforcement Authorities
Any College employee, other than the confidential resources listed above, is required to report sexual assault to the Title IX Coordinator. This includes your R.A. You can report your sexual assault directly to:
- The College’s Interim Title IX Coordinator, Stacy Oliver-Sikorski, Rosemary House, 847-735-6239; email@example.com
- Campus Conduct Hotline, 866-943-5787
- Public Safety, 847-735-5555
- Lake Forest Police Department at 847-234-2601
The College’s process is separate from the Police process. You have the right to participate in either or both processes. The College will assist those individuals wishing to report to law enforcement.