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University of Chicago Department of Athletics & Recreation

Harassment and Discrimination

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or other protected classes under the law. Such discrimination is unlawful.

Harassment based on one of the factors listed above is verbal or physical conduct or conduct using technology that is so severe or pervasive that it has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or educational program participation, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.

 

Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct encompasses a range of conduct, from sexual assault (a criminal act that the U.S. Department of Education defines as a form of sexual harassment) to conduct such as unwanted touching or persistent unwelcome comments, e-mails, or pictures of an insulting or degrading sexual nature, which may constitute harassment, depending upon the specific circumstances and context in which the conduct occurs. For example, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or sexually-directed remarks or behavior constitute sexual harassment when (1) submission to or rejection of such conduct is made, explicitly or implicitly, a basis for an academic or employment decision, or a term or condition of either; or (2) such conduct directed against an individual persists despite its rejection.

Should a student-athlete be accused of sexual harassment or misconduct, consultation with the Dean’s Office will occur. Based on the University’s investigation, a decision of eligibility for continued participation will be rendered. Following the University’s findings, a final decision of athletic eligibility will be rendered.

 

Mandated Reporting

The University of Chicago is committed to fostering a safe and productive learning environment. Title IX and our institutional policy prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. Sexual misconduct – including harassment, domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking – is also prohibited at the University of Chicago. We encourage anyone experiencing sexual misconduct to talk to someone about what happened so they can get the support they need and our University can respond appropriately.

If you wish to speak confidentially about an incident of sexual misconduct, want more information about filing a report, or have questions about University policies and procedures, please contact our Title IX Coordinator, Bridget Collier by emailing bcollier@uchicago.edu, by calling 773-702-5671. The University of Chicago is legally obligated to investigate reports of sexual misconduct, and therefore cannot guarantee the confidentiality of a report, but will consider a request for confidentiality and respect it to the extent possible.

All coaches, athletic trainers, and athletic administrators are legally required to report incidents of sexual misconduct and thus cannot guarantee confidentiality. Relevant information regarding an incident of sexual misconduct, such as the names of those involved, must be provided to the Title IX Coordinator.