Sexual Misconduct and Title IX

The Equal Employment Opportunity Division of the Office for Access and Equity, in collaboration with the Title IX Office, responds to reports and complaints alleging violations of the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy by employees or other individuals.

Sexual Misconduct means Title IX Sexual Harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, unwelcome sexual, sex or gender-based conduct, sexual violence, or sexual exploitation, as defined in university policies. Please see the Definitions page for more information.


Reports and claims submitted via the sexual misconduct form above will be submitted to the Title IX Office. If you prefer not to use the online reporting form, need assistance in completing the forms, or encounter accessibility problems with the forms, please contact the Title IX Office at
(217) 333-3333 or browse to for assistance.

Title IX

Title IX is a federal civil rights law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. This law protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Title IX applies to any institution receiving federal financial assistance from the Department of Education, including state and local educational agencies. Educational programs and activities that receive federal funds from the Department of Education must operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. Also, a recipient may not retaliate against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or because a person made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX.