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Anti-Harassment Policy


Roosevelt University is committed to the preservation of the dignity and worth of all members of the University community. To ensure an environment for working and learning in which all individuals (faculty, staff, students, and visitors) are treated with respect, harassment in any form is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated.

Because interpersonal relationships (romantic or sexual) between supervisors and the employees they supervise either directly or indirectly or between faculty and their students involve an imbalance of power, all such interpersonal relationships are prohibited and will subject employees to discipline. In such situations, it is difficult, if not impossible, to determine whether such a relationship is truly consensual and, therefore, if a complaint of sexual harassment is filed, the University will presume that the relationship was not truly consenting unless proven otherwise.

Sexual Harassment

It is against Roosevelt University policy for any student or employee, male or female, to sexually harass another employee or student by:

a) Making unwelcome sexual advances for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature a condition of an employee’s continued employment, or a student’s academic status

b) Making submission to or rejections of such unwelcome conduct the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting an employee or student; or

c) Creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or education environment by such conduct

Other Forms of Harassment

It is also against Roosevelt University's policy for any student or employee to harass another student or employee based upon such person's age, ancestry, citizenship, color, creed, disability, gender, identity, marital status, military status, national origin, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, source of income, veteran status, or as a result of being a victim of domestic violence or other protected characteristic.

Harassment becomes unlawful where 1) enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment or enrollment, or 2) the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create an environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive.

Offensive conduct may include, but is not limited to, offensive jokes, slurs, epithets or name calling, physical assaults or threats, intimidation, ridicule or mockery, acts of communication causing emotional distress, insults or put-downs, offensive objects or pictures, and interference with work performance.


Retaliation against persons filing a complaint, reporting a case of harassment, witnessing a case of harassment or cooperating in an investigation is also prohibited.


An employee who is found to have engaged in unlawful harassment shall be subject to discipline up to and including termination in accordance with the procedures applicable to such employee. A student who is found to have engaged in unlawful harassment shall be subject to discipline up to and including expulsion from the University in accordance with the procedures contained in the Code of Student Conduct. A member of the Roosevelt community who is neither a student nor an employee and who is found to have engaged in unlawful harassment shall be subject to such procedures as are necessary to prevent such conduct from occurring, up to and including severance of the member's relationship with Roosevelt and being banned from its campuses.

Reporting Procedures

An employee or student who believes that he or she has been a victim of harassment in violation of this policy has the right to file a complaint in accordance with the University's Discrimination Complaint Procedure.

The students and employees are also encouraged to:

  • Emphatically tell the harasser that the conduct is unwelcome, offensive, violates this policy, and must stop; and/or
  • Report the incident to an employee in a supervisory or managerial position.
  • Report the incident to the Roosevelt University Title IX Coordinator (312-341-2322).

Dissemination of the Policy

A copy of this University policy shall be distributed electronically or in writing to all full- and part-time faculty and staff annually. This policy is included in the annual Student Handbook and students are notified electronically. A copy of this University policy is available to all employees and students via the student handbook and/or the University intranet (

Employees and students are encouraged to ask questions about the policy to the following offices:

Office of Human Resources (AUD 344)

Office of Student Services (AUD 358)