The University of Illinois at Springfield will not tolerate sexual harassment and is committed to providing and preserving an atmosphere free from harassment in any form.

All employees and students have the right to work and study in an environment free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a violation of professional ethics and impedes the primary function of a university.

The purpose of the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Sexual Harassment Policy is threefold – to foster an environment free from sexual harassment, to encourage victims to come forward, and to provide for corrective action to be taken when necessary.

To help prevent harassment, the policy is to be clearly and regularly communicated to the entire University community and an educational program is to be implemented. When corrective action is necessary, the policy creates a mechanism for the documentation of complaints of sexual harassment and it outlines the grievance resolution mechanisms available, both informal and formal. The victim is encouraged to come forward to report incidents of harassment, and confidentiality is fostered to the fullest extent possible. All grievances are to be investigated promptly. When sexual harassment has occurred, appropriate remedial action is to be taken.

The grievance mechanisms outlined in the UIS Sexual Harassment Policy are identical to those of the UIS Human Rights Policy except for the exchange of the term discrimination for harassment. Copies of the full policy are available at the Office of Affirmative Action.

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