Statement on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

Bradley University reaffirms the principle that its students, faculty, and staff have a right to be free from sexist and racist actions in the form of racial discrimination or sexual harassment by any member of the University community or by any unfair or inappropriate treatment accorded as a result of one's ethnicity, national origin, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, unfavorable military discharge, military status or other basis that may be protected by applicable law.  

Bradley University does not tolerate such discrimination and 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.

Racial discrimination is defined as an action which results in unfair treatment of members of a minority group or the demonstration of partial or preferential treatment to members of a majority group as a result of race.  Decisions and actions based upon race or ethnic considerations have no place in a university community.

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.

Racial discrimination and sexual harassment in any situation are inexcusable, but they are even more reprehensible when they influence decisions impacting the student’s academic status or career goals or when they exploit the educational dependence and trust between student and faculty.  Statement On Sexual Assault Policy.

Bradley University is a community of trust whose existence depends on strict adherence to the Standard of Conduct as found in the Bradley University Student Handbook.  Sexual assault is a violation of these standards, specifically #5.  Sexual assault refers to any act of sexual penetration or sexual conduct where the accused knew, or reasonably should have known, that the victim was unable to understand the nature of the act or was unable to give knowing consent.  Sexual conduct means any intentional or knowing touching or fondling by the victim or the accused, either directly or through clothing, or the sex organs, anus, or breast of the victim or the accused.