McHenry County College Statement on Harassment and Discrimination

The College seeks to maintain an academic and work environment free from harassment and discrimination for students, faculty, and staff. Harassment and discrimination are contrary to the standards of the College community; it diminishes individual dignity and impedes equal employment and educational opportunities. In compliance with the College Affirmative Action Policy, Executive Order 11246 and 11375, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Illinois Human Rights Act, the College prohibits discrimination and harassment based on sex, race, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender-related identity, color, marital status, military status or unfavorable military discharge in its admissions, employment, educational programs, or activities.

The College seeks to provide academic and work environments that are free from intimidation, discrimination, and harassment based on any of these characteristics, and the College specifically prohibits such intimidation, discrimination, and harassment, including sexual discrimination. Intimidation, discrimination, and harassment can arise from a broad range of verbal, nonverbal, and/or physical behaviors and from employees, students, outside contractors, or other individuals. Discrimination, harassment, or similar unacceptable activities that could become a condition of employment or a basis for educational or personnel decisions, or which create a hostile, intimidating, or offensive environment are specifically prohibited by the College. Any individual who engages in such discrimination or harassment, or retaliates against another individual because he/she made a report of discrimination or harassment or participated in the investigation of a claim of discrimination or harassment, is subject to immediate discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion.

Individuals who believe they have experienced harassment or discrimination prohibited by the statements above are encouraged to contact the appropriate offices. Students should contact the Office of Student Conduct, A252, at (815) 455-8696. Employees should contact Lisa Brncich, Title IX Coordinator at (815) 455-8696.