Sexual Harassment

Bradley University reaffirms the principle that its students, faculty, and staff have a right to be free from sexist actions in the form of sexual harassment by any member of the University community.  

Bradley University does not tolerate such harassment in the enlightened society in which it operates and will commit its efforts to educate its students and staff that the understanding of and sensitivity to these issues are paramount in the world both inside and outside the University.

Sexual harassment is defined as an attempt to coerce an unwilling person into a sexual relationship, to subject a person to unwanted sexual attention, to punish a refusal to comply, or to create a sexually intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment. Sexual harassment is understood to include a wide range of behaviors from the actual coercing of sexual relations to the unwelcomed emphasizing of sexual identity.

Sexual harassment in any situation is inexcusable, but even more reprehensible when it influences decisions impacting the student’s academic status or career goals or when they exploit the educational dependence and trust between student and faculty. 

Sexual Harassment in Highter Education is Illegal

The Illinois Human Rights Act (Act") prohibits sexual harassment in institutions of higher education.  The Act specifically prohibits unwelcome advances or conduct of a sexual nature, and requests for sexual favors of students by an executive, faculty or staff member.

Examples of Sexual Harassment in Higher Education

  1. A professor who continually makes jokes of a sexual nature in the classroom;
  2. An advisor who tells a student he or she might be able to get into a class if the student dates the advisor;
  3. An admissions representative who tells a prospective student they will put in a "good word" for the prospective student if he or she dates the representative.
  4. A financial aid advisor who tells a student that "if you have sex with me, I can look out for scholarships for you."

Protection Against Retaliation:

  • Opposing sexual harassment;
  • For participating in an investigation (internal or external) of sexual harassment; or
  • For filing a charge

Any charge alleging sexual harassment in higher education must be filed within 180 days of alleged incidents(s).  Complaint forms are available on the Department's website at:


If sexual conduct is criminal in nature, contact BU Police, 309-677-2000, or 911 immediately.  Any student who believes they are being subjected to sexual harassment or retaliated against should report it immediately to Bradley University, Anne Hollis (Student Support Services) at 309-677-3658, Nena Peplow (Director of Human Resources) at 309-677-3223, or to the Department of Human Rights at 217-785-5100.

Sexual Harassment Poster  

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