Fostering an Inclusive Environment
The University of Illinois has a long and proud legacy of commitment to the principles of equality and equal opportunity for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. The University is deeply committed to providing its faculty, staff, students and visitors with a working and learning environment that is diverse, inclusive, and respectful. To this end, the University does not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment prohibited by University policy or state and federal civil rights laws.
The University is committed to the fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity.
The University’s Nondiscrimination Statement
The commitment of the University of Illinois to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms.
The University of Illinois will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation including gender identity, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran and will comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, orders and regulations. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, access to and treatment in University programs and activities.
University complaint and grievance procedures provide employees and students with the means for the resolution of complaints that allege a violation of this Statement. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the Director and Assistant Chancellor, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access, 601 East John Street, Swanlund Administration Building, (217) 333-0885, fax (217) 244-9136, TTY (217) 244-9850 or the Associate Provost and Director, Academic Human Resources, Henry Administration Building, (217) 333-6747, fax (217) 244-5584. For other University of Illinois information, contact University Directory Assistance at 333-1000.
Discrimination of any kind can have a profoundly negative effect both on the person toward whom the discriminatory behavior is directed and on the University of Illinois community as a whole. Making yourself aware of and sensitive to issues of discrimination and harassment is essential to creating and maintaining an environment that benefits everyone.
The University has a duty to provide a learning and working environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. Students, faculty and staff learn about the different aspects of human life through interactions on campus. We encourage a campus environment that is inclusive to all members of society without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, age, or veteran’s status. The overall goal of our campus is to serve as an influential lesson for students, faculty, staff and visitors, in order to show how a diverse and all-inclusive society can be both functional and successful.
The University of Illinois Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access and Academic Human Resources work collaboratively with other various University offices to provide and participate in learning opportunities related to discrimination, harassment, inclusiveness, respect and diversity. Individuals and groups within the University community who are interested in such programming may contact the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access, Academic Human Resources or other University offices listed in Resources section at www.eoa.uiuc.edu.