Prohibition against Retaliation and Intimidation

Retaliation is strictly prohibited by the University as well as by Title IX and the Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act. No individual who, in good faith, makes a complaint alleging a violation of this Policy, reports or discloses an alleged violation of this Policy, is accused of a violation of this policy or participates in the investigation or resolution of such a complaint shall be subject to retaliation as a result of such activity or participation. Retaliation is any action taken against an individual that (i) adversely affects the individual’s opportunity to benefit from the University’s programs or activities; and (ii) is motivated in whole or in part by the individual’s filing a complaint, reporting or disclosing an alleged violation of this Policy, responding to a complaint, or otherwise participating in the grievance process. In addition, any act of intimidation designed to prevent an individual from reporting a violation of this Policy or otherwise participating in the investigation or resolution process is prohibited. Individuals who engage in acts of retaliation or intimidation, as defined in this Policy, are subject to disciplinary action that may include, but is not limited to, the sanctions listed in the Investigation and Resolution Procedures section of this Policy, up to and including exclusion, expulsion, or dismissal from the University, and termination of employment, including revocation of tenure.