Reporting to Law Enforcement

In addition to contacting the Title IX Coordinator, an Assistant Coordinator, or other responsible employee, a reporting party has the option to contact the appropriate law enforcement authorities regarding the possibility of filing a criminal complaint. The Title IX Coordinator and other University personnel, confidential resources, and off-campus confidential advisors are available to assist students and others in making contact with appropriate law enforcement authorities upon request.  All Reporting Parties have the option to pursue a criminal complaint with an appropriate law enforcement agency, to pursue a harassment complaint under the University’s Investigation and Resolution Procedures, or to pursue both processes simultaneously. 

The University will investigate and resolve alleged or suspected violations of this Policy where appropriate even if a criminal complaint is not pursued by the reporting party. Any pending criminal investigation or criminal proceeding may have some impact on the timing of the University’s investigation, but the University will commence its own investigation as soon as is practicable under the circumstances.  The University reserves the right to commence and/or complete its own investigation prior to the completion of any criminal investigation or criminal proceeding.  Because the standards for finding a violation of criminal law are different from the standards in this Policy, criminal investigations or reports are not indicative of whether or not a violation of this Policy has occurred.  The University will cooperate with law enforcement agencies to the extent permitted by law if a reporting party decides to pursue the criminal process.

The University may, in some circumstances, be required by law enforcement to defer the fact-finding portion of its investigation for a limited time while law enforcement gathers evidence. In such cases, the Title IX Coordinator shall inform the parties of the need to defer the University’s fact-finding, provide regular updates on the status of the investigation and notify the parties when the University’s fact-finding resumes. During this time period, the University will take any additional measures necessary to protect the reporting party and the University community.

Because the standards for finding a violation of criminal law are different from the standards for finding a violation of this Policy, criminal investigations or reports are not determinative of whether sexual misconduct or interpersonal violence, for purposes of this Policy, has occurred. In other words, conduct may constitute sexual misconduct or interpersonal violence under this Policy even if law enforcement agencies lack sufficient evidence of a crime and therefore decline to investigate or prosecute.

For more information regarding the option to pursue a criminal complaint, contact:

  • The City of Aurora Police Department, 1200 East Indian Trail; Aurora, IL, 60505, 911 (emergency); 630-256-5000 (non-emergency)
  • City of Williams Bay Police Department, 250 Williams St., P.O. Box 580, Williams Bay, WI 53191; 911 (emergency); 262-245-2710 (non-emergency)
  • City of Woodstock Police Department, 656 Lake Ave., Woodstock, IL 60098; 911 (emergency); 815-338-2131 (non-emergency)
  • Kane County State’s Attorney Office, 37w777 IL Route 38, Suite 300, St. Charles, IL 60175; 630-232-3500

In addition to having the option of pursuing a criminal complaint, individuals also have the right to request that law enforcement issue emergency protective restraining orders or to pursue such orders through the court process. The University can assist parties who wish to do so. Complainants who receive emergency or permanent protective or restraining orders through a criminal or civil process should notify the Title IX Coordinator so that the University can work with the individual and the subject of the restraining order to manage compliance with the order on campus.

For more information about protective or restraining orders, see/contact:

  • The City of Aurora Police Department, 1200 East Indian Trail; Aurora, IL, 60505, 911 (emergency); 630-256-5000 (non-emergency)
  • Kane County State’s Attorney Office, 37w777 IL Route 38, Suite 300, St. Charles, IL 60175; 630-232-3500