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 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. 

Bradley University is in compliance with the US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, requirements in Title IX.  Anne Hollis (Student Support Services), 309-677-3658, serves as the University's Title IX Coordinator.

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:  www.state.il.us/dhr.

IT'S NEVER OKAY.

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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Statement On Racial Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

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.  Descisions 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.

Sexual Assault Policy

The University encourages all members of the University community to be aware of both the consequences of sexual assault and the options available to survivors.  The University urges survivors to seek assistance using any appropriate resources.

A student charged with sexual assault may face disciplinary actions under the University Standards of Conduct and may be prosecuted under Illinois criminal statutes.  Even if the criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute, the University can pursue disciplinary action.

Bradley University also has a "zero--tolerance" policy toward the possession, use, administration or sale within the University community of date rape drugs, commonly known as GHB, Rohypnol and Katamine or similar sedative illegal drugs given to people without their knowledge.  A student may be suspended from the University on a first offense of the above.

Anyone can be the victim/survivor of sexual assault, regardless of gender, age, or sexual orientation.

Students in the University community who feel they have been victims of sexual assault are encouraged to seek redress through the University Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator, Anne Hollis, Sisson Hall, ext. 3658, or the Executive Director for Residential Living and Leadership, Nathan Thomas, Sisson Hall, ext. 3221.