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Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment is a form of sex discrimination and is strictly prohibited at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In accordance with The University of Illinois Statement on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct, the University of Illinois prohibits and will not tolerate sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or other sexual misconduct of any kind (including sexual assault, sexual violence, and sexual abuse) of or by employees, students, and visitors. The University will take action to provide remedies when such discrimination, harassment, or misconduct is discovered. The University complies with applicable federal and state laws to achieve an environment for study, work, and public engagement that is free from sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct in all of its forms.

Title IX Sexual Harassment
Conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:
(1) An employee of UIC conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of UIC on an individual's participation in unwelcome sexual conduct (also known as quid pro quo);
(2) Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to UIC's education program or activity;
(3) Sexual Assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as defined herein and under the U.S. Violence Against Women Act.

Hostile Environment Harassment
Unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors or any conduct of a sexual nature when (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or educational opportunities, assessment or status at UIC; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or educational decisions affecting such individual, or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s work or educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment.

A hostile environment may be created through unwelcome, severe or pervasive acts:

  • Sexual advances
  • Fondling
  • Shoulder massages
  • Pinching
  • Grabbing
  • Lewd hand gestures
  • Leering
  • Suggestive comments
  • Off-color jokes
  • Comments on physical attributes
  • Discussions of sexual exploits
  • Lewd voicemail messages
  • Displays of sexually suggestive pictures, photos, cartoons, screen savers
  • Lewd e-mails or texts
  • Sexually suggestive posts on social media
  • Facebook pictures with sexual overtones

If you believe that you or someone else has been subjected to sexual harassment, please contact the Title IX Coordinator at 312-996-8670 or via email at

For information about applicable grievance procedures and grievance processes, including how to report or file a complaint of sex discrimination, how to report or file a formal complaint of sexual harassment, and how the University will respond, please visit here.


Safe Homes Act 

The Safe Homes Act gives individuals who experience domestic or sexual violence the right to end their lease early and leave their home when there is a credible imminent threat of harm on the premises. They are not responsible for rent due after they leave. For more information, visit the Shriver Center on Poverty Law's website here.