It is the policy of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) that all students, faculty, staff, and guests should be able to experience an educational environment free from discrimination, and harassment. Discrimination against any person or group of persons based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation including gender identity, marital status, civil union status, age, physical or mental disability, military status, or unfavorable discharge from military service is specifically prohibited in the SIUE community. This policy on non-discrimination and non-harassment reaffirms SIUE's commitment to maintain an environment in which ideas are pursued free of intimidation or fear, and the policy applies to admissions, employment, access to and treatment in all University programs and activities.
Discriminatory harassment includes, but is not limited to, conduct (oral, written, visual or physical) directed against any person or group of persons because of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation including gender identity, marital status, civil union status, age, physical or mental disability, military status, or unfavorable discharge from military service that has the purpose of, or reasonably foreseeable effect of, creating an offensive, demeaning, intimidating or hostile environment for that person or group of persons. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, objectionable epithets, demeaning depictions or treatment, and threatened or actual abuse or harm.
Harassment of any kind is strictly prohibited and may also be a violation of federal and or state laws. All members of the University community are encouraged to report promptly any conduct that could be in violation of this policy. Discrimination is also a violation of Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA).
Individuals, including students, faculty, staff and others, believing they have experienced or witnessed discrimination or harassment should report the incident promptly to their advisor or instructor, department head or supervisor who shall refer the matter to the Office of Equal Opportunity, Access and Title IX Coordination (EOA). Individuals wanting to file a complaint shall contact the EOA, Rendleman Hall, Room 3310, Box 1025, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1025, (618) 650-2333, Fax (618) 650-2270.
This policy applies to University employees and students.
The University's procedures for handling allegations and/or complaints of discrimination are found in the University's Non-Discrimination and Non-Harassment Complaint Procedures. Procedures for handling allegations and/or complaints of sexual harassment, including sexual violence, are outlined in the University's Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedures.
The University will educate and train employees, periodically, regarding conduct that could constitute a violation of this policy and applicable complaint procedures. All management and supervisory personnel are expected to participate in such education and training and to be knowledgeable concerning this policy.
The following are strictly prohibited by this policy and are subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge:
All parties participating in a complaint investigation are obligated to protect the privacy of all persons involved to the extent allowed by law. The EOA will take reasonable steps to try to ensure confidentiality.
The EOA shall create and/or maintain documents related to the investigation and resolution of a complaint and will maintain confidentiality to the extent legally and ethically possible.
The policy will be made available to all employees and students. Periodic notices sent to students, and employees concerning the University's policies against discrimination and harassment will include information about the complaint procedures and will refer individuals to the EOA for additional information.
Effect on Pending Personnel Actions: The filing of a discrimination complaint shall not interfere with pending personnel action unrelated to a complaint filed under University policy.
Sources: Titles VI and VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended; Age Discrimination Act of 1975; Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; Equal Pay Act of 1963; Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974; Executive Order of 11246; Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; and the Illinois Human Rights Act.
¹ This policy and related procedures do not apply to complaints of sexual harassment. Complaints alleging sexual harassment are covered in the University's Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedures. [ Return back to referring text within the policy]
Approved by Chancellor effective 11/18/11
This policy was issued on August 22, 2014, replacing the December 8, 2011 version.
Document Reference: 2C7 & 3C6
Origin: OC 6/1/05; OC 11/18/11