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Equity and Title IX Information for Wheaton College

Title IX and Equity

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National Stalking Awareness Month

Stalking: Know it. Name it. Stop it.

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Wheaton is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all members of the community. An important part of this commitment is the provision of comprehensive sexual assault response and prevention resources.

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Wheaton Stalking Awareness Statement 2021

Stalking: Know it. Name it. Stop it. 

January is National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM). At Wheaton College, we take all forms of harassment very seriously and we are here to help if you are experiencing stalking or any other forms of harassment. Of the millions of men and women who are stalked every year in the United States, over half are under the age of 25, in fact, young people ages 18-24 experience the highest rates of stalking among adults.  Still, this crime is often misunderstood, minimized and/or ignored. 

Stalking is a pattern of behaviors directed at a specific person that causes fear. Many stalking victims experience being followed, approached and/or threatened – including through technology. Stalking may be terrifying and psychologically harmful; it can also be predictor of potentially lethal violence: 1 in 5 stalkers use weapons to threaten or harm victims, and stalking increased the risk of intimate partner homicide by three times.

While stalking is a serious issue that affects many people everywhere, it’s important to remember that no problem is too big to tackle with help. If you feel unsafe or unable to follow your normal daily activities (e.g., attend classes, etc.) because you are experiencing stalking behavior by another person, we invite you to file a report through the Title IX website.  The College can also provide you with confidential support regardless of whether you file a report with our office: the Wheaton Counseling Center, 630-752-5321 (for emotional support), the Chaplain’s Office at 630-752-5087 (for prayer and support), and Student Health Services at 630-752-5072. 

We all have a role to play in identifying stalking and supporting victims and survivors. Together, we can KNOW the signs of stalking, NAME it…a harmful crime; and STOP it from affecting our community.

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If you believe you are in immediate danger, please contact Wheaton College Public Safety at 5911 or Wheaton Police Department by calling 911.

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The goal of campus life at Wheaton College is to live, work, serve, and worship together as an educational community centered around the Lord Jesus Christ. Along with the privileges and blessings of membership in such a community come responsibilities. The members of the Wheaton College campus community take these responsibilities seriously (see the Wheaton College Community Covenant).

One of these responsibilities is to establish and maintain a safe and healthy social environment for all members of the community that honors the Lord Jesus Christ and God’s vision for human sexuality. God’s vision for sexuality affirms the dignity and purity of all persons. Sexual harassment and assault are behaviors outside of God’s vision for human sexuality that cause pain and suffering. They are also unacceptable behaviors that grieve God’s heart and members of the Wheaton College community.

Wheaton College takes sexual assault very seriously and has developed a comprehensive definition and policy related to sexual harassment and assault. We provide resources for prevention, support, education, as well as a fair conduct process to care for the members of our community.

Title IX Coordinators/Discrimination Complaint Officers

Wheaton College’s Title IX Coordinators/Discrimination Complaint Officers are responsible for implementing and monitoring Title IX Compliance on behalf of the College. This includes coordination of training, education, communications, and administration of the Complaint Resolution Procedures for the handling of suspected or alleged violations of this Policy.

The Title IX Coordinators and their contact information are as follows:

Director of Equity and Title IX  - Diane Padilla
diane.padilla@wheaton.edu
630.752.7885

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students - Carrie Williams
carrie.williams@wheaton.edu
630.752.5797

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees - Karen Tucker
karen.tucker@wheaton.edu
630.752.5060 

Compliance

Wheaton College complies with the following:

Wheaton's Nondiscrimination Policies