Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct

The University of Chicago is a community of scholars dedicated to research, academic excellence, and the pursuit and cultivation of learning. Members of the University community cannot thrive unless each is accepted as an autonomous individual and is treated without regard to characteristics irrelevant to participation in the life of the University.  Freedom of expression is vital to our shared goal of the pursuit of knowledge and should not be restricted by a multitude of rules. At the same time, unlawful discrimination, including harassment, compromises the integrity of the University. The University is committed to taking necessary action to prevent, correct, and, where indicated, discipline unlawful discrimination.

As set forth in the University’s Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct, the University of Chicago considers students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, and those seeking access to University programs on the basis of individual merit. 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 (including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972).

Sexual misconduct may violate the law, does violate the standards of our community, and is unacceptable at the University of Chicago.  Sexual misconduct can be devastating to the person who experiences it directly and can adversely impact family, friends, and the larger community. Individuals who believe they have experienced any sexual misconduct are encouraged to report the incident and to seek medical care and support as soon as possible.

Please click here for an overview of policies, procedures, and support for students, faculty, other academic appointees, and staff.  Additional student-specific information regarding harassment, discrimination, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking can be found on the UMatter site.  Please visit the Office for Equal Opportunity Programs site for additional information.