Title IX/Sexual assault information

As explained in Columbia’s Student Sexual Misconduct Policy & Procedures, individuals have multiple options for reporting Sexual Misconduct to the College depending on their preferences, comfort level, and confidentiality needs. Regardless of the manner in which an individual may elect to report – or not to report – to the College, individuals who have experienced any act of Sexual Violence – i.e. unwanted physical sexual acts such as rape, as defined in Section XIII– and/or need emergency assistance after an incident, shall first and foremost:

  1. Get to a place of safety. Dial 911 for local police or 312-369-1111 for Campus Safety and Security immediately if at continued risk, and;
  2. Seek any necessary medical attention as soon as possible. Downtown Chicago Hospitals include:

    Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Emergency Department)
    250 E. Erie St. (about 2.1 miles from Columbia’s 600 S. Michigan Ave. building)
    Chicago, IL 60611

    Rush University Medical Center (Department of Emergency Medicine)
    1653 W. Congress Pkwy. (about 3 miles from Columbia’s 600 S. Michigan Ave. building)
    Chicago, IL 60612

Going to an Illinois hospital for medical care after an incident of Sexual Violence does not obligate an individual to file a report with the College or the police.

To maximize evidence collection:

If an individual is uncertain regarding how to respond, he or she should consider calling one of the advocates or resources listed in section X of this Policy.

What to Expect at the Hospital

Seeking medical care is important, regardless of whether a victim of Sexual Violence chooses to report to the police or to the College. Medical attention may include a physical exam, treatment and collection of any relevant evidence. The below section includes a summary of and general notes regarding the intake procedure for victims of Sexual Violence at many Chicagoland hospitals. Please note that the precise procedures at each medical center may vary. (This information is adopted from After Sexual Assault, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Loyola University Chicago’s Sexual Assault resources page.) The victim should not be charged or billed for this treatment. See “Cost of Treatment” below.