Section 18: Sexual Harassment Policy
SIUC is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which students, faculty, and staff can work together in an atmosphere free from all forms of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. In addition to being illegal, sexual harassment runs counter to the objectives of the University. Academic freedom can exist only when every person is free to pursue ideas in a non-threatening, non-coercive atmosphere of mutual respect.
Sexual harassment has been defined as: Any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. It includes instances when such conduct is indicated to be a term or condition of an individual's academic or employment experience, used as a basis for academic employment decisions, interferes with an individual's academic or employment performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive academic or employment environment.
Sexual harassment can be as subtle as a look or as blatant as rape. It can occur within and beyond the classroom and workplace. Harassers are usually male, and most victims are female, but persons of either sex may be victims or harassers. Harassment usually involves a member of the opposite sex, but can also involve two persons of the same sex.
Student-athletes are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and treat others (students, coaches, and staff) with mutual respect, whether it be in the weight room, athletic training room, restaurant, or any other place. If you have been a victim or witness of sexual harassment, please contact your coach, athletic trainer, or an athletic administrator. You may want to contact an advisor at one of the campus Sexual Harassment Information Centers listed below.