Policy on Sexual Harassment
National Louis University seeks to provide for its students, faculty, administration, and staff an environment that is free from sexual harassment. The following policy statement and procedural guidelines address sexual harassment, which is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
It is the policy of National Louis University to prohibit the sexual harassment of any member of its community by any other person or persons who are affiliated with the University in any way. No employee or student of the University is expected to endure insulting, degrading or exploitative treatment.
Harassment on the basis of sex is recognized as a form of sex discrimination, which is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As defined in the 1980 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Guidelines On Sexual Harassment, sexual harassment encompasses “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature” such as intentional patting, pinching, touching or other sexually suggestive behavior. Sexual harassment occurs when:
Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance oreducational experience, creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment, educationalor living environment for an individual.
Such conduct has the purpose or effect of abusing the dignity of an employee orstudent through insulting or degrading sexual remarks or conduct.
Submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’semployment or of a student’s status in a course, program or activity.
Submission to or rejection of such conduct is the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting an individual.
Such conduct directed against an individual persists despite requests for its cessation and/or when a claim of sexual harassment has resulted in retaliation against employees/students for complaining about such behavior.
Because of the seriousness of allegations made in this regard, any individual who knowingly or deliberately makes a false accusation shall be subject to disciplinary action.
A member of the University community who believes that they have been involved in an incident of sexual harassment or who becomes aware of an incident of sexual harassment as defined above should bring any such matter to the attention of their immediate supervisor, if employed, and the supervisor is not involved or the Title IX Coordinator of the University by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone/fax at 312.261.3935. The individual may initiate the action through the process with mediation or with formal review. The complainant who chooses mediation does not relinquish the option of formal review.
After reviewing all pertinent information and interviewing those involved, the Title IX Coordinator or designated investigator shall recommend a course of action to the office of Human Resources or Student Judicial Officer.
Option I. Mediation
An individual who seeks mediation may be accompanied by a fellow student, staff member or faculty member, if desired. The Title IX Coordinator or the designated hearing officer shall immediately seek to resolve the matter by informal discussions and through mediation with the persons involved. Strict confidentiality will be maintained.
Option II. Formal Review
The complainant may secure a review of the matter by filing a formal request with the Title IX Coordinator. After reviewing all pertinent information and interviewing all those involved, the Title IX Coordinator or the designated hearing officer shall recommend a course of action to the office of Human Resources or Student Judicial Officer, who shall then decide on the course of action that may include any of the following:
No further action
Further investigation needed
- Behavioral contract (probation)
A copy of the decided course of action will be kept on file with the Title IX Coordinator. The alleged party may, at that time, file an appeal with the appropriate appeal system if they wish to contest the action. Additionally, a student or applicant who believes that she/he has been sexually harassed can file a Charge of Discrimination at their regional U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights. For example, the Illinois and Wisconsin Regional Office is at 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661. A student or applicant may also file a Charge of Discrimination at their state Fair Employment Practices agency, such as the Department of Human Rights, Chicago Office, 100 W. Randolph Street, 10th floor, Chicago, IL 60601.
If there is a real or perceived conflict of interest involving the actions of the designated University official or University office typically responsible for handling matters of concern for a student, employee or faculty member, an alternative University representative or University office can be contacted instead. Alternate representatives may include the Office of Student Experience, the University Ombudsman, Provost’s Office, Department of Diversity, Access and Equity or Office of Human Resources. The alternate University representative or office may then designate an impartial and appropriate University official to resolve the matter following applicable University policy.
RESOURCES AND SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS
Persons who experience unwelcome sexual behavior may respond to the experience in many different ways, including feeling confused, vulnerable, out of control, embarrassed, angry or depressed. If you believe that you or another student has been a victim of sexual misconduct, the following off-campus resources are also available:
Rape Victim Advocates (RVA)
180 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago SV and Support Services
360 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601
Community Crisis Center
P.O. Box 1390
Elgin, IL 60121
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago Patterson and McDaniel
55 E. North Ave.
Glendale Heights, IL 60139
North Shore and Wheeling campuses:
415 W. Golf Road, Suite 47
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
One Crisis Center Plaza
Tampa, FL 33613
The Healing Center
130 W. Bruce Street, Suite 400
Milwaukee, WI 53204