Sexual Assault

Bradley University is a community of trust whose existence depends on strict adherence to the Standards of Conduct as found in the Bradley University Student Handbook.  Sexual assault is a violation of these standards, specifically #5.  If a person engages in sexual penetration without consent, by use of physical force, coercion or threat (actual or implied), the act is considered sexual assault.   A person who is asleep, unconscious, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless due to drug or alcohol consumption is considered unable to consent.

Sexual misconduct means any intentional or knowing touching or fondling by the victim or the accused, either directly or through clothing, of the sex organs, mouth, anus, or breast of the victim or the accused.  Sexual misconduct includes any sex crime including, but not limited to, sexual assault, rape, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, sexual coercion, and sexual exposure.

Bradley University will not tolerate sexual assault or misconduct in any form.

Bradley University strongly promotes education programs for the awareness and prevention of sexual assault and misconduct.  It is recognized that individuals, regardless of gender, age or sexual orientation may become victims of sexual assault or misconduct.

The University encourages all members of the University community to be aware of both the consequences of sexual assault and misconduct and the options available to survivors.  If a student has been sexually assaulted, university personnel are advised to use the following procedures:

  1. Make sure the victim is in a safe and secure environment.
  2. Encourage the victim to try to preserve all physical evidence.  (This means refraining from washing, using the toilet, or changing clothing.)  The victim may or may not choose to press charges, but preserving physical evidence will give the person the option to do so later on.
  3. Encourage the victim to seek medical treatment.
  4. Encourage the victim to contact Bradley University Police at (309) 677-2000 or 911 as soon as possible.  (Note: Reporting an incident is a separate step from choosing to prosecute.  When a report is filed, the victim is not obligated to continue with legal proceedings or university disciplinary actions.)
  5. Encourage the victim to talk with a trained counselor.  The number for the Counseling Center is (309) 677-2700.
  6. If a student has been assaulted by another student or group of students, encourage the victim to discuss the matter with Nena Peplow, the University Title IX Coordinator.  The student will be made aware of options for pursuing charges against the offender(s) through the criminal courts and the university disciplinary system.  At the victim’s request, the Coordinator may make special provisions for temporary alternate campus housing during the period of investigation and adjudication.  Other special support can also be provided upon request at the Center for Student Support Services, (309) 677-3658.

A student charged with sexual assault or misconduct may face disciplinary actions under the University Standards of Conduct and may be prosecuted under Illinois criminal statutes.  Even if the criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute, the University can pursue disciplinary action.  Sexual assault is a Class 1 felony crime in the State of Illinois.  A convicted offender could face a mandatory 4-15 years of incarceration and be ordered to make restitution.  Both the accuser and the accused will be informed of the outcome of any University disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sex offense. 

Bradley University also has a “zero-tolerance” policy toward the possession, use, administration or sale within the University community of date rape drugs, commonly known as GHB, Rohypnol and Ketamine or similar sedative illegal drugs given to people without their knowledge.  A student may be suspended from the University on a first offense of the above.

Students in the University community who feel they have been victims of sexual assault or misconduct are encouraged to pursue University Judicial charges.  An explanation of this process can be provided by Nena Peplow, Title IX Coordinator at (309) 677-3223. Anne Hollis, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, may be reached at (309) 677-3658. Charges can also be directly pursued through the Student Judicial system.  Contact Ryan Bair in Residential Living and Leadership at (309) 677-3218 for more information regarding this process.