The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign encourages vigorous academic discourse as faculty and staff members and students seek to fulfill its wide-ranging educational, research and service missions. At the same time, members of the University community are held to the highest standards of conduct. Thus, the University will not tolerate sexual harassment in work, study or residential life, and will take action whenever sexual harassment is discovered.
Sexual harassment is defined by law and includes requests for sexual favors, sexual advances or other sexual conduct when (a) submission is either explicitly or implicitly a condition affecting academic or employment decisions; or, (b) the behavior is sufficiently severe or pervasive as to create an intimidating, hostile or repugnant environment; or, (c) the behavior persists despite objection by the person to whom the conduct is directed. The University considers such behavior, whether physical or verbal, to be a breach of its standards of conduct. It will seek to prevent such incidents and will investigate and take corrective actions for violations of this policy. Further, retaliation against those who seek remedies under this policy is prohibited.
Violations of this policy constitute misconduct, subject to discipline under applicable University procedures. Discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation or gender, which are specifically addressed in the Policy and Procedures for Addressing Discrimination and Harassment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, are subject to discipline under the same procedures. Students who believe they have been harassed sexually may file a complaint by following the grievance procedure outlined in the Student Code.