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; they diminish individual dignity and impede equal employment and educational opportunities.

In compliance with all applicable laws, the College prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed or religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, order of protection status, marital status, physical or mental disabilities, military status, sexual orientation, gender-related identity, pregnancy, unfavorable military discharge, or other factors prohibited by law in admissions, employment, participation in educational programs, or activities. Decisions regarding employment include hiring, promotion, termination, wages or salaries, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment.

Intimidation, discrimination, and harassment, including sexual discrimination, can arise from a broad range of verbal, nonverbal, and/or physical behaviors. Discrimination, harassment, and/or intimidation can be perpetrated by employees, students, outside contractors, or other individuals on the College’s premises The College strictly prohibits such misconduct and similar unacceptable activities that could become a condition of employment or a basis for educational or personnel decisions, or which create a hostile environment.

Any employee or student who engages in discrimination or harassment, or who retaliates against another individual for making or participating in the investigation of a report of discrimination or harassment, is subject to discipline, up to and including termination or expulsion from the College.

Individuals who believe they have experienced harassment or discrimination prohibited by the statements above are encouraged to contact the appropriate office. Students should contact the Office of Student Conduct, A252, at (815) 455-8696. Employees should contact the Title IX Coordinator at (815) 455-8554.