Anti-Harassment in Employment

Anti-Harassment in Employment

Danville Area Community College is committed to providing an educational and workplace environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. In keeping with this commitment, the College prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any person because of race, color, age, sex, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, military or veteran status, genetic information, ancestry, citizenship, pregnancy or any other status protected by law. This policy applies to all College employees, students, visitors and third-parties in connection with employment with the College and any College program or activity, whether on or off campus.

Any person found to have engaged in any form of harassment or discrimination may be subject to discipline, including expulsion, termination and/or exclusion from the College and any College events or activities. Any person who has been subjected to sexual harassment or any other form of sex-based misconduct is encouraged to make a report with the College’s Title IX Coordinator. For additional information regarding sex-based misconduct, see the College’s Sex-Based Misconduct Policy and Procedures 3024, which can be found at the following link: https://www.dacc.edu/board/policies?search=3024.0. Any person who has been subjected to discrimination or harassment based on a category or categories other than sex is encouraged to make a report with the Title IX Coordinator, Jill Cranmore, 217-443-8756, 2000 East Main Street, Danville, IL 61832.

Harassment consists of unwelcome conduct, whether verbal, physical, or visual, that is based upon a person’s status, such as sex, color, race, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or other legally protected statuses. Danville Area Community College will not tolerate harassing conduct that affects tangible job benefits, that interferes unreasonably with an individual’s work performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.

Retaliation Prohibited

Any form of retaliation, including intimidation, threats, harassment, bullying and other adverse action taken or threatened against any complainant or person reporting discrimination or harassment or against any person cooperating in the investigation of allegations of discrimination or harassment (including assisting or participating in any manner in an investigation), is strictly prohibited. A person reporting allegations of retaliation may be protected under state or federal law, including but not limited to, the Illinois Whistleblower Act, the Illinois Human Rights Act, and the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act.

Any person found to have engaged in retaliation may be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion, termination and/or exclusion from the College and its events andactivities. Reports of retaliation should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, Jill Cranmore, 217-443-8756, 2000 East Main Street, Danville, IL 61832.

False Reports

Any person who knowingly makes a false report under this policy may be subject to discipline including termination from employment and exclusion from the College.

Implementing Procedures; Complaints

The procedures implementing this policy can be found at https://www.dacc.edu/titleix. Inquiries may also be made to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-4544 or (312) 730-1560, OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

Danville Area Community College’s policy is to investigate all complaints made under this policy impartially, thoroughly and promptly. To the fullest extent possible, Danville Area Community College will keep harassment complaints, records related to harassment complaints, and the terms of the resolution confidential. If any investigation confirms that a violation of the policy has occurred, Danville Area Community College will take appropriate corrective action to stop the harassment and to ensure that the harassment does not reoccur. Such corrective action may include training of harasser, monitoring of harasser and/or discipline of the harasser proportional to the offense, up to and including discharge.

If you believe that you have been the subject of unlawful discrimination, harassment or retaliation you also have the right to file a charge of civil rights violations with the Illinois Department of Human Rights. For further information, you may call or write to the Illinois Department of Human Rights, 222 S. College Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701, 217.785.5100, of the Illinois Human Rights Commission, Stratton Office Building, Springfield, Illinois 62701, 217.785.4350.