State of Illinois Sexual Harassment Act

ul 10.1.13 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.

Policy

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:

  1. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or
    educational experience, creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment, educational
    or living environment for an individual.
  2. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of abusing the dignity of an employee or
    student through insulting or degrading sexual remarks or conduct.
  3. Submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s
    employment or of a student’s status in a course, program or activity.
  4. Submission to or rejection of such conduct is the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting an individual.
  5. 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.

Procedures

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 dlaban@nl.edu or by phone/fax at 312.261.3162. 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:

  1. No further action
  2. Further investigation needed
  3. Warning
  4. Behavioral contract (probation)
  5. Suspension
  6. Dismissal

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:

Chicago campus:

Rape Victim Advocates (RVA)

888.293.2080

180 N. Michigan Ave.

Chicago, IL 60601

www.rapevictimadvocates.org

 

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago SV and Support Services

888.293.2080

360 N. Michigan Ave.

Chicago, IL 60601

http://ywcachicago.org

 

Elgin campus:

Community Crisis Center

847.697.2380

P.O. Box 1390

Elgin, IL 60121

www.crisiscenter.org

 

Lisle campus:

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago Patterson and McDaniel

630.971.3927

55 E. North Ave.

Glendale Heights, IL 60139

www.ywcachicago.org

 

North Shore and Wheeling campuses:

Northwest CASA

888.802.8890

415 W. Golf Road, Suite 47

Arlington Heights, IL 60005

www.nwcasa.org

 

Tampa campus:

Crisis Center of Tampa Bay

813.234.1234

One Crisis Center Plaza

Tampa, FL 33613

www.crisiscenter.com

 

Milwaukee campus:

The Healing Center

414.671.4325

130 W. Bruce Street, Suite 400

Milwaukee, WI 53204

www.thehealingcenter.org

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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