Innovations Design Academy Annual Security Report
This report includes annual statistics that may occur or have occurred within the School’s building or anywhere on school grounds for both Canton and Macomb locations. The report also includes Innovations Design Academy’s policies concerning campus security and other matters.
Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics
Each year Innovations Design Academy prepares a security report to comply with the Jeanne Celery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The full text of this report is located on Innovations Design Academy’s Website at www.innovationsdesignacademy.edu under consumer information. This report is prepared by Innovations Design Academy personnel in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies. Campus crime, arrest and referral statistics include those reported to Innovations Design Academy administration, managers, and local law enforcement agencies.
All crime at the School must be reported to the Admissions office. Students are encouraged to report any criminal activity that has taken place on school grounds. A record of all crimes will be kept in the Admissions office. In the case of a crime on school grounds, all students will receive an email within 48 hours. The incident will also be posted on the bulletin board. The Canton Police Department and Macomb police Department attempts to provide the school’s with a crime statistics report annually for all crime within a 1 mile radius of the school. Students may request to see the full crime log or the statistic report during business hours. In the case of an emergency, you should dial 9-1-1 immediately.
Access to School Facilities
Innovations Design Academy’s building is accessible to students and the general public during the hours of:
Monday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Only employees with permission from the Owner and/or Educational Director will be allowed into the facility when business is closed.
Innovations Design Academy does not have campus living facilities and does not have campus security personnel or employ a campus police force.
Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act
The Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires institutions of higher learning to issue a statement in their annual security report detailing where members of their campus community can obtain information concerning registered sex offenders. Students at Innovations Design Academy may obtain this information through the National Sex Offender Public Website at http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/cac/registry.htm
Drug and Alcohol Free School Policy
In accordance with Public Law 101-226, the ANTI-DRUG ABUSE ACT of 1988, it is the policy of INNOVATION DESIGN ACADEMY that its work place is alcohol and drug free. This policy is adopted with education, awareness and prevention uppermost in the mind. Accordingly, the School adopts the following policy effective November 14, 2006.
The use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs can lead to physical and psychological health risks. These risks depend upon the type of drug used and the intensity of the use. Long-term use of drugs can lead to organic damage to the body and psychological problems. And even short-term use carries a risk of an overdose that can result in effects as serious as death. Drug and alcohol use also carries other direct and indirect health risks, including a heightened risk of blood-transmitted disease for users of intravenous drugs, the risk of pregnancy complications and birth defects in women who use drugs or alcohol while pregnant, and the impairment of the ability to operate motor vehicles. As such, all students and employees are encouraged to abstain from the use of illegal drugs and irresponsible use of alcohol.
The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of alcohol or a controlled substance is prohibited in and on Innovations Design Academy- owned and controlled property. This prohibition applied to employees, students, and visitors.
Any Innovations Design Academy employee determined to have violated this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including removal. No employee will report to work while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Violation of these rules by an employee will be reason for mandatory evaluation/treatment for alcohol or a substance use disorder or for disciplinary action up to and including removal.
Any student determined to have violated this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or dismissal.
Any visitor determined to have violated this policy may be evicted from the School premises and subject to legal action initiated by the School.
An alcohol and drug abuse prevention program is available as needed for Innovations Design Academy employees and students by the North Central Behavioral Health Systems. Alcohol and Drug-Free Work Place Activities for groups and individuals will focus on the following:
The dangers of alcohol and drug abuse in the work place;
The School’s policy of maintaining an alcohol and drug-free work place;
Any health, alcohol or drug abuse agency which provides alcohol and/or drug counseling, rehabilitation and assistance programs;
The penalties which may be imposed for alcohol and /or drug abuse violations occurring in the work place.
Each employee will be given a copy of the School’s position in Paragraph (1), as well as information about the dangers of alcohol and drug use/abuse in the workplace, availability and penalties for violating the stated policy. As a condition of his/her employment, each employee shall agree in writing to abide by the terms contained in this policy.
Employees, as a condition of employment, are required to notify Innovations Design Academy of any criminal drug conviction resulting from a violation occurring at the work place no later than five (5) days after each conviction.
Within thirty (30) days of receiving notice of a violation of these prohibitions, Innovations Design Academy shall institute appropriate disciplinary action. In the case of employees, this action could include, but is not limited to, dismissal. Innovations Design Academy may also require an employee who violated this policy to participate satisfactorily in an employee assistance program or a substance abuse assistance or rehabilitation program. In the case of students, this action could include, but is not limited to, loss of financial aid.
For the purpose of this policy, the following definitions apply:
A “controlled substance” is (1) not legally obtainable; (2) a substance being used in a matter different from that prescribed; or (3) that which is legally obtainable but has not been legally obtained
A “Conviction” is defined as a finding of guilt (including pleas of no contest) or imposition of a sentence, or both, by any judicial body charged with the responsibility of determining violations of the federal or state criminal drug statutes.
*Innovations Design Academy does not currently have a confidential crime reporting procedure. Innovations Design Academy does not have a process in which pastoral or professional counselors can report crimes anonymously.
Title IV Implications of Illegal Drug Convictions
Any students convicted of possessing or selling illegal drugs while receiving Title IV assistance will be ineligible for FSA funds based on the chart below:
|Possession of illegal drugs||Sale of illegal drugs (includes convictions for conspiring to sell illegal drugs)|
|First offense||One year from date of conviction||Two years from date of conviction|
|Second offense||Two years from date of conviction||Indefinite period|
|Third Offense||Indefinite period||Indefinite period|
Note: If convicted of both possessing and selling illegal drugs and the periods of ineligibility are different, the longer penalty will apply.
In addition, violations of federal, state, or local laws and ordinances concerning drugs and alcohol can lead to felony or misdemeanor convictions and legal sanctions, which include but are not limited to: fines, imprisonment, forfeiture of property, and loss of driving privileges. A description of federal penalties for drug violations can be found at http://www.justice.gov/dea/agency/penalties.htm.
Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures
Students are given a copy of the safety and evacuation worksheet during orientation. The worksheet lists what to do in the case of an emergency and all emergency contact numbers.
Innovations Design Academy will (without delay and accounting for safety of the community) determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to , or otherwise mitigate the emergency. Should a significant emergency or dangerous situation arise that may impact the health and/or safety of students and /or employees they are advised to do the following:
- Exit the building in the case of a fire, follow emergency evacuation signs for exit locations.
- Seek shelter in the event of a tornado, in an interior room and/or hallway on the lowest level and stay away from windows and assume tornado protection position
- For all other situations, follow staff directions.
If a situation arises before students arrive to school, staff will attempt to notify students by telephone and/or email to advise them accordingly. Signs will be placed at the front and back entrance if classes are cancelled.
Tests of the emergency response and evaluation procedures will be conducted annually; such tests may or may not be announced.
Sexual Offense Policy and Procedures
Innovations Design Academy will not tolerate sexual offense in the work or academic setting. Offenders will be subject to appropriate school adjudication processes and disciplinary action. IDA will provide appropriate support to community members who feel they have been a victim of a sexual offense.
Sexual Offense is behavior which calls attention to gender, sexuality or sexual identity of persons in a manner that prevents or impairs their full employment of educational or occupational benefits of opportunities. What is often at issue not sexual attention per se, but intimidation, coercion or abuse of power. Such behavior may be especially harmful in situations where the imposition of unwanted sexual attention is accompanied by the promise of academic or employment rewards or the threat of reprisal. Since IDA values and protects academic freedom, since vigorous and open discussion of controversial issues can cause discomfort, and since vital teaching and learning can itself be the occasion for students and professors to face difficult or awkward or painful matters, it is important for all to realize that this policy on sexual offense is not intended to restrict serious discussion of controversial issues in academic situations. No matter how carefully worded a definition of sexual offense might be, unforeseen situations may arise which cannot easily be included in any definition. Thus, a sexual offense is defined to include, but not be limited, the following:
- Sexual Harassment
Behavior relating to gender or sexual orientation which has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance or which creates on unreasonably hostile, offensive, or intimidating environment. Behavior which is inappropriate to academic or employment setting – for example, unwelcome or irrelevant comments, gestures, or touching – which may reasonably be perceived as a sexual overture or sexual denigration. This includes making known to other people a person’s sexual orientation without out his/her consent and with the intent to denigrate that person sexually. A request for sexual favors when submissions to, or rejection of, such a request might reasonably be viewed as a basis for evaluation decisions affecting an individual’s career or educational experience.
- Sexual Assault
Sexual Assault is coercion for the purpose of sexual relations; sexual contact to which a party involved does not give full and free consent.
- Sexual Battery
Sexual Battery occurs when a person engages in sexual intercourse, fellatio, or cunnilingus with another through the use of coercion or when the victim’s ability to appraise a situation or control his/her own conduct is substantially impaired.
Rape occurs when a person engages in sexual intercourse, fellatio, cunnilingus, or penetration of anal or vaginal areas with any object, with another person through the use of force, threat of force or by forcefully, deceitfully, or surreptitiously administering intoxicants. Both rape and sexual battery are felony crimes in the state of Illinois.
- Domestic Violence
Domestic violence means a “felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by-
- A current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim
- A person with whom the victim shares a child in common
- A person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or initimate partner
- A person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies (under VAWA), or
- Any person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction”
- Dating Violence
Dating Violence means “violence committed by a person-
- Who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and
- Where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
- The length of the relationship
- The type of relationship; and
- The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.”
Stalking means “engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to-
- Fear for his or her safety or the safety of other; or
- Suffer substantial emotional distress.”
- H. Consent
Consent is defined as the act of willingly and verbally agreeing to engage in specific sexual conduct.
The following are clarifying points:
- Consent must be obtained each and every time there is sexual activity.
- All parties must have a clear and accurate understanding of the sexual activity.
- The person who initiates sexual conduct is responsible for verbally asking for the “consent “ of the individual(s) involved.
- The person with whom sexual conduct is initiated must verbally express “consent” or lack of “consent”
- Each new level of sexual activity requires consent.
- Use of agreed upon forms of communication such as gestures or safe words is acceptable but must be discussed and verbally agreed to by all parties before sexual activity occurs.
- Consent is required regardless of the parties’ relationship, prior sexual history, or current activity (e.g. grinding on the dancefloor is not consent for further (sexual activity).
- In order for “consent” to be valid, all parties must have unimpaired judgment and a shared understanding of the nature of the act to which they are consenting, including the use of safer sex practices.
- A person cannot give consent while sleeping.
- Silence conveys a lack of consent.
- At any and all times when time consent is withdrawn or not explicitly agreed to, the sexual activity must stop immediately.
- All parties must disclose personal risk factors and known STIs.
III. Consensual Relations
Innovations Design Academy seeks to provide and maintain a professional learning and working environment. From this reason it is unwise for faculty member to engage in sexual relationships with students even when both parties have consented to the relationship. Such relations are prohibited when a student is enrolled in a class taught by the faculty member, is an adviser, or is in some other way subject to the faculty member’s supervision. Also prohibited are sexual relationships between staff and students they advise or supervise.
- Policy Administration
In order to address the schools-wide needs for effective implementation of the following procedures and to provide ongoing education for the school, the President will appoint an Administrator, who will report to the President, and a Sexual Offense Review Committee (SORC).
Innovations Design Academy believes that education is key to understanding and utilizing the Sexual Offense Policy. The College is therefore committed to offering education and training activities through the Administrative Office at least twice a year, which includes during Orientation of incoming students. These educational offerings will vary based on the needs and desires of the Community, the resources available, and specific events that require response. In addition to orienting students, the Administrative will also orient faculty and staff. Statistical information including numbers and types of complaints will be made available to the Community and to the general public as an ongoing part of campus security reporting, in compliance with the Clery Act. * See Addendum C for more detailed information
Innovations Design Academy is committed to offering support to survivors of sexual violence. This support is provided through the Adminsitrative office and linkages to local resources through the Community. Support includes but is not limited to immediate response and advocacy for survivors, individual counseling, linkages to health services and advocacy. Options will be reviewed including criminal, civil and SOPP complaint process. Services are also available to those seeking support who have been involved in a sexual violence situation but are not the survivor.
Any member or members or the campus community who believe(s) that his/her educational or work experience has been compromised by a sexual offence should contact the Administrator. (Should the Administrator be the respondent or the complainant, the co-chair of the SORC will assume the procedural responsibilities of the Administrator.) As used in this policy statement, RESPONDENT is the person against whom a charge of sexual offense is brought; COMPLAINANT is the person who brings a charge of sexual offense.
- Duty to Report
Any member of the school who has knowledge of an alleged felony such as sexual battery or rape is required by law to communicate this information to the school Administrator, if the alleged event took place on school grounds. If the alleged event took place off school grounds, the police department should be informed directly. Members of the community who accuse other members of the community of felonies by means of the process outlined in this document and who report their accusations to the Administrator should know that the Administrator by law is required to report the allegations to the police.
- Informal Procedures: Conflict Resolution
A complainant may request that a case be resolved through informal conflict resolution procedures. This request should be made to an Administrator. The Administrator will advise the complainant about the nature and relative appropriateness of informal conflict resolution procedures in addition to explaining the option of using formal procedures. Even though the complainant may prefer to pursue informal procedures, the Administrator may decide, after investigation, to file a formal complaint on behalf of the school.
The Administrator will be in charge of informal conflict resolution attempts. Agreements made through this procedure will be considered binding, and breaking these agreements can result in the implementation of the formal procedure. If after attempting informal conflict resolution a case is not resolved through informal procedures, the Administrator shall determine whether the case warrants proceeding through with formal procedures. Should the Administrator determine that formal procedures are not warranted in a case which was not resolved through informal procedures; the complainant may still pursue formal procedures.
- Formal Procedures
At any time a member(s) of the school community may invoke formal procedures through the processes specified below. Should the Administrator reasonably believe that a sexual offense has occurred, he/she must either (1) attempt to arrange a resolution through informal conflict resolution procedures (see above) or through other appropriate means – and if, after a reasonable period this attempt fails, the Administrator must ensure that formal procedures are initiated – or (2) initiate formal procedures on behalf of the school. In no case will the matter be dropped without the Administrator’s ensuring that some appropriate resolution is pursued to conclusion
Any person(s) wishing to file a formal charge must contact the Administrator who will develop a written charge based on information given by the complainant. If at any time the Administrator becomes aware of a person who through alleged sexual offenses may pose a threat to the IDA school community, the Administrator may bring formal charges on behalf of IDA. If the Administrator initiates a formal charge on behalf of the school, thus acting as the complainant, the Administrator will develop a written charge for following the format contained in the next paragraph.
The written charge should contain the names of the complainant and respondent, the date(s), time(s), duration and nature of the alleged sexual offense(s), the place where the alleged sexual offense(s) occurred, a general outline of the facts and nature of the alleged offense(s), the response to the alleged offense(s) by the complainant and the names of any witnesses. Any person who feels he/she has been a victim of sexual offense(s) is encouraged to file a complaint as soon as possible after the alleged incidents(s). Normally, the written charges should be filed within one year of the alleged sexual offense(s).
Prior to the completion of a formal procedure, the President, exercising the power provided in the schools bylaws to suspend any employee, may suspend a respondent or assign a respondent to other duties. If the respondent is a faculty member, the President shall make the determination concerning suspension. Compensation will continue during the period of such pre-completion-of-formal-procedure suspension.
After a decision to press formal charges is made, the Administrator has five (5) working days to prepare and deliver the written charge to the respondent by certified mail (or, alternately, by sighed-for, hand delivery). The Administrator will also provide the respondent with a copy of the Sexual Offense Policy and Procedures at the same time the written charges are delivered. The respondent must then make contact with the Administrator with-in three (3) working days to discuss the charges and the procedure. Within seven (7) working days following such contact with the Administrator, the respondent has the right to file a written statement of response. If the respondent does not contact the Administrator and/or provides no written response within these time limits, the case will still go forward.
At the request of either the complainant or the respondent or when the Administrator deems it appropriate, the Administrator will inform both parties that contact between the parties must be limited only to that which is necessary and in the best interests of both parties and the institution. If necessary the Administrator will set forth in writing the contact limitations between the parties. Violation of such limitations may be taken into account in the formal hearing.
Within ten (10) working days following delivery of the written charges, the Secretary of the school will convene a formal panel, which will select its own chair.
All parties have the right to choose an Advisor from IDA community to assist and support them through a formal hearing process. Each party can bring a nonparticipating support person to the hearing. No parties will be permitted to have an attorney act as their representative in the hearing.
The hearing will be closed to the public.
No person will be obligated to answer questions posed at the hearing whether that person is a party or witness. An election by the respondent to remain silent will not be taken as an admission of guilt.
The formal hearing will hear the witness and evidence of the complainant or Administrator and the respondent. Either party or witnesses may elect not to provide testimony in the presence of the other party and the witnesses speaking on his/her behalf. All parties and witnesses shall be informed of this option by the Administrator prior to the hearing and shall make their choice on this option known to the Administrator, and through the Administrator, to the formal panel before the commencement of any part of the formal hearing. Otherwise each will provide testimony in the presence of all.
The complainant, Administrator, and respondent all have the right to present witnesses to the claimed conduct and regarding other pertinent information with respect to the case. Witnesses are not required to be members of IDA community.
The Administrator shall make a record of the entire hearing, normally by means of audio tape, which
recording will become part of the confidential records.
The Formal Panel has the right to question any and all witnesses who appear before it. The Formal Panel has the right to request witnesses to appear other than those called by the complainant, Administrator or the respondent.
The formal panel shall be responsible for determining whether the preponderance of evidence supports the allegations against the respondent and if so, whether such allegations constitute a sexual offense as defined in this policy.
In order to find that a respondent has committed a sexual offense, the decision of the Formal Panel must be at least 4-1. The Administrator will be responsible for informing the Formal Panel if the respondent is a repeat offender but shall not do so unless and until the formal Panel has determined that the accused committed the sexual offense as set forth in the charge.
Following the receipt of evidence, the Formal Panel shall provide a report and recommendation to the President. The report shall indicate whether the panel has concluded from its investigation that a sexual offense has occurred. The necessary hearings will normally be conducted and a report and recommendations for appropriate action will be presented to the President with in twenty (20) days after the Formal Panel has convened. The President will be informed by the Administrator if the respondent is a repeat offender when the findings and recommendations are forwarded.
The President or a designee appointed by him/her will review the report within five (5) days of its receipt. The President will render his/her decision in consultation with the appropriate governing bodies and will provide written notification, which will include the Formal Panel Report, to the complainant, or when the Administrator acts as complainant, to the complaining witness(es), to the respondent, and to the Administrator.
The respondent, complainant, or Administrator may present written arguments to the President or his/her designee as to why the Formal Panel’s findings and recommendations or the President’s decision were inappropriate within ten(10) days after the issuance of the decision by the President or his/her designee. The President or his/her designee will have five (5) days from receipt of such written arguments to act.
- Protection from Retaliation.
If the complainant or the respondent, or a witness for either party, experiences retaliation for the bringing of a case, or for the fact of being a party in the case, that person shall inform the Administrator. If the initial charge and response have not been heard by the Formal Panel, the Administrator will add the retaliation charge or countercharge to the case already filed. If the initial charge and response have been heard by the Formal Panel, but the procedure has not been completed, the Administrator will file the retaliation charge or countercharge as a new case.
It is your duty to read this sexual Offense policy, and report a sexual offense case to an Administrator at Innovations Design Academy.
All reports should be made to either Krysta Dilts, Executive Director, or Teri Nieukirk, Assistant Director.