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Harassment/Hostile Working Environment

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Midwestern University ("MWU") believes in the dignity and worth of its students, faculty, staff, Interns, and Residents and prohibits conduct or behavior, which has the effect of substantially interfering with the individual's performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning/working environment. Members of the MWU community have a right to be free from harassment based on a person's legally protected status.

It is the policy of MWU to provide an environment that is free from harassment because such conduct seriously undermines the atmosphere of trust and respect that is essential to a healthy work and academic environment. The conduct prohibited by this policy includes all unwelcome conduct (whether verbal, physical or visual) based on an individual's protected status, such as gender, color, race, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation or other protected group status as defined by law.

Harassment Defined: Harassment is offensive and unwelcome behavior that interferes with the work performance and effectiveness of an employee. It includes inappropriate and disrespectful conduct and communication. Harassment can take the form of, but is not limited to, the following:

Verbal: For example, epithets, derogatory jokes or comments, slurs or unwanted sexual advances, invitations or comments.

Visual: For example, derogatory and/or sexually-oriented posters, photography, e-mails, cartoons, drawings or gestures.

Physical: For example, assault, unwanted touching, blocking normal movement or interfering with work.

Quid Pro Quo: Explicit or implicit demands to submit to sexual requests in order for an employee to keep his or her job, or to avoid some other loss, and offers of employment benefits in return for sexual favors.

Retaliation: Actions of revenge, directed toward one who had reported or threatened to report harassment.

Teasing and/or negative stereotyping: Derogatory actions or comments; based on another person's protected status.

The policies and procedures relating to Harassment/Hostile Working Environment are available in the Student Handbook (