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Policies at Illinois Tech

Illinois Tech is committed to fostering an environment in which all members of the community are safe, secure, and free from sexual harassment of any form:

Illinois Tech is committed to ensuring an environment for all students and employees that is fair, humane, and respectful—an environment which supports and rewards student and employees performance on the basis of relevant considerations, such as ability and effort. Behaviors, which inappropriately assert sexuality as relevant to student or employee performance, damage this environment.

Therefore, Illinois Tech strives to provide for its students and employees an educational and employment environment free of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct or communication constituting sexual harassment, as defined or otherwise prohibited by state or federal law. Sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or sexually-directed remarks constitute harassment when either:

  1. Submission to such conduct is used or threatened to be used as the basis for academic or employment decisions; or
  2. Such conduct directed against an individual persists despite its rejection.

A. Policies on Sexual Harassment/Misconduct

B. Other Related Policies

Disability Policy and Reasonable Accommodation

It is the policy of the university to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Furthermore, reasonable accommodations will be provided to qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities. Please see the Student Handbook Policies, Regulations, and Procedures Section U. Inquiries regarding reasonable accommodations should be directed to:

Center for Disability Resources
IIT Tower
10 West 35th Street, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60616
Tel: 312.567.5744
TDD: 312.567.5135
Fax: 312.567.3845
Email: disabilities@iit.edu

Pregnancy and Parenting

In compliance with federal guidance, Illinois Tech strives to provide a supportive atmosphere for students experiencing challenges related to pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting. In supporting them in completing their educational goals, Illinois Tech provides reasonable accommodation such as academic assistance (flexibility with coursework and deadlines, breaks during class, excused absences, access to elevators, and comfortable desks/workspace) and extracurricular assistance (work schedule adjustment, housing/ dormitory changes, referrals to community resources, etc.). Please see the Student Handbook Policies, Regulations, and Procedures Section V.

Students who must take short-term or extended leaves of absence will not be penalized and can re-enter maintaining their previous academic status. For those who would like assistance in obtaining reasonable accommodation may contact the Title IX Coordinator:

Virginia Foster
Title IX Coordinator
312.567.5725
foster@iit.edu

Staff and Faculty Relationships with Students

Policy No. E. 4.00

Date of Issue 7/2/2014

As an institution of higher education dedicated to fostering the dignity of each person, the university seeks to create an environment that is free of exploitation and unlawful harassment or discrimination as well as any appearance of conflict of interest or favoritism. In furtherance of the foregoing, the university prohibits consensual relationships of a dating, intimate, romantic and/or sexual nature between a university employee and (i) any undergraduate student, as the difference in institutional power and the inherent risk of coercion are too great, and (ii) any graduate student when the employee is in a position, actual or apparent, of power or influence over the student, including, but not limited to, supervisor and student-employee, instructor and student, advisor and student, graduate assistant and student, and coach and student-athlete. In addition, the university strongly discourages consensual relationships of a dating, intimate and/or sexual nature between a university employee and a graduate student even when no power relationship or ability to influence exists, as any such relationship may give rise to the perception of favoritism or bias, which undermine the spirit of trust and mutual respect that is important in an educational environment.

4.01

For purposes of this policy, a “student” includes any individual enrolled, or eligible to continue, in any part-time or full-time undergraduate or graduate program of the university, and a “consensual relationship” means a relationship of a dating, intimate, romantic and/or sexual nature entered into with the consent of both parties.

4.02

This policy does not, and is not intended, to alter, but rather is in addition to, any and all federal and state laws and other university policies regulating interpersonal conduct.