Discrimination and Harassment

The University of Illinois is committed to preventing and responding to all forms of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation. OAE’s Equal Employment Opportunity Division is here to:

  • Receive complaints and reports of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation.
  • Provide supportive measures to people who have submitted reports, in order to maintain their equitable access to educational and employment opportunities.
  • Investigate complaints and provide formal and informal resolution options.
  • Facilitate hearings for complaints of Title IX Sexual Harassment in compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Provide due process to those who are accused of violating the university’s policies.
  • Offer trainings on maintaining an inclusive environment free from discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct.
  • Collaborate with the Title IX Office, Human Resources, the Office of University Counsel, and other administrators in carrying out our mission.

University of Illinois Nondiscrimination Statement

The commitment of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms. This policy is designed to promote a safe and healthy learning and work environment and to comply with multiple laws that prohibit discrimination, including: Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Act, the Vietnam-Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and the Illinois Human Rights Act. This policy and the associated procedures are established to provide a means to address complaints of discrimination or harassment based on the protected categories described herein.

It is the policy of the University not to engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, disability, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, order of protection status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, arrest record status, unfavorable discharge from the military, or status as a protected veteran and to comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations.