UIC is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, sexual violence, and sexual and gender-based harassment (collectively referred to as "Sexual Misconduct"). UIC prohibits and will not tolerate Sexual Misconduct of or by students, employees, patients, or visitors. UIC will take prompt and fair action to eliminate the conduct, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects through interim protective measures and accommodations, and equitable investigations and disciplinary processes. Investigations are conducted, and remedies and sanctions are determined on a case-by-case basis, though both employees and students face sanctions up to and including termination and/or expulsion. The Office for Access and Equity, through its Title IX Coordinator has the authority to conduct investigations, determine findings about violations of this policy based on a preponderance of evidence standard, and make recommendations in accordance with the relevant University policies for students, employees, patients, or visitors.
UIC strictly prohibits retaliation against any person who has made a good-faith report of Sexual Misconduct and/or participates in a Title IX investigation or resultant disciplinary process.
UIC prohibits conduct that violates Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 ("Title IX"), and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended ("Title VII"), and the Illinois Human Rights Act, and supplements related campus and University of Illinois policies and laws. Title IX states as follows:
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
Unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex may include: (a) sexual harassment, (b) gender-based harassment, which is unwelcome conduct based on actual or perceived sex, or harassment based on gender identity or nonconformity with sex stereotypes, and/or (c) all forms of sexual violence including but not limited to sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, sexual coercion, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
All employees have the authority and responsibility to report sex discrimination or sexual misconduct and are considered to be "Responsible Employees" with the exception of professional or pastoral counselors who provide work-related mental-health counseling and campus advocates or confidential advisors who provide victim assistance. All Responsible Employees are required to participate in training and report disclosures or observations of sex discrimination, sexual or gender-based harassment or other sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.
To file a formal complaint with a government agency, contact:
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
(800) 421-3481, firstname.lastname@example.org