GME Policy and Procedure
XXX.  Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment
Introduction
Recognition
Action
  
30.1 Introduction
A. The University of Illinois at Chicago and the College of Medicine are committed to providing an atmosphere of work and study free from the threat of sexual and other forms of harassment of its patients, students, employees, and residents.
B. Sexual harassment is defined by law as unwanted sexual advancements, physical contact, gestures, or verbal communication that is offensive or humiliating, or interferes with required tasks or career opportunities at the University.  
C. The University of Illinois at Chicago has promulgated a policy on Sexual Harassment as follows:
1. “The University of Illinois at Chicago will not tolerate sexual harassment of students or employees and will take action to provide remedies when such harassment is discovered.  The University environment must be free of sexual harassment in work and study.”
2. “In order to assure that the University is free of sexual harassment, appropriate sanctions will be imposed on offenders in a case-by-case manner.”
3. “The University will respond to every complaint of sexual harassment reported.”
D. Other forms of harassment to include verbal abuse or physical intimidation of a non-sexual nature will not be tolerated in the workplace.
  
30.2 Recognition  
A. Harassment can occur between faculty - resident, resident - resident, resident - student, resident-patient, and resident - employee.
B. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual or gender-related nature constitute sexual harassment when:
1. Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for decisions affecting an individual's rewards or status in employment or in an academic program.  Coercion or bribery could be involved.
2. Such conduct is sufficiently severe to create a hostile, humiliating, offensive University-related environment or to interfere substantially with required tasks or career opportunities at the University. Repetition of the unwelcome behavior would be viewed as sexual harassment.  However, in the case of an unwelcome intimate touch, one occurrence can be sufficient to constitute sexual harassment.
C. The College of Medicine will provide information on the UIC sexual harassment policy and reporting procedure to all new residents during orientation.
D. Program Directors will include discussions of sexual harassment in resident seminars and conferences, to ensure that residents are aware of their rights and responsibilities under this policy.
E. Other Forms of Harassment (e.g., verbal abuse or physical intimidation)
1. Verbal or physically threatening conduct sufficiently severe to create a hostile, humiliating, offensive University-related environment or to interfere substantially with required tasks or career opportunities at the University would be viewed as  harassment.
  
30.3 Action  
A. Sexual Harassment
1. A resident or student who believes that he or she has been the subject of sexual harassment at any institution affiliated with the UIC College of Medicine should report the incident to the University of Illinois Office of Access and Equity.
2. When a faculty member or other staff at an institution not governed by University of Illinois policy and procedure is accused of sexually harassing a resident the UIC Department Head will consult with that institution's personnel office to ensure that institutional requirements are met.
3. Residents who themselves are accused of sexual harassment of patients, University employees, other residents, or students, will be subject to corrective action as set forth in this manual and in the Resident Agreement.  The Program Director will investigate and take action as appropriate in concert with the University of Illinois Office of Access and Equity.  Residents who are disciplined for sexual harassment may appeal that corrective action through the process described in Policy XX, depending upon the type of corrective action imposed.
B. Other Forms of Harassment
1. All complaints of verbal and/or physical threatening behavior will be evaluated and appropriate actions taken.

Policy and Procedure     XXX. Sexual Harassment
Approved: April 25, 1997 GMEC
May 12, 2000 GMEC
April, 2004
November 4, 2011