Sexual Discrimination Policy

Statement on Non-Discrimination

McKendree University is committed to providing a learning, working, and living environment that promotes personal integrity, and mutual respect.  Sexual discrimination violates and individual’s fundamental rights and personal dignity. McKendree University considers sexual discrimination in all its forms to be a serious offense: sexual discrimination, including:  sexual assault, and sexual violence by students, employees, or third parties.


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Discrimination is an act or communication that interferes with an individual’s or a group’s ability 
to participate fully in the McKendree University Community on the basis of race, gender, disability, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender expression.


Not hiring an applicant for employment due to that individual’s race or age

Not allowing a student to join a particular club on campus based on that individual’s sexual orientation or national origin

Failing to make reasonable accommodations for a student or employee with a disability 


Harassment is conduct and/or verbal action which, because of its severity and/or persistence, interferes significantly with an individual’s or a group’s work or education, or adversely affects living conditions.

Many forms of harassment constitute impermissible and illegal discrimination. Harassment of this sort includes, but is not limited to incitement to or threat of violence; epithets referring to race, gender, disability, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression; and/or physical conduct that is unwelcome, hostile or intimidating.  University policy also recognizes as harassment other forms of conduct and/or verbal communication that are derogatory, hostile, intimidating, threatening, bullying, humiliating or violent.  Although, these forms of conduct are not necessarily illegal and do not necessarily refer to a legally protected status or environment.


Threatening or intimidating another person because of the person’s race, gender, disability, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender expression

Committing hostile acts that are based upon another’s race or color

Bullying or intimidating anyone, either physically or psychologically


Sexual Harassment

stop sexual harassmentSexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and/or other verbal or physical acts of a sexual nature which, because of their severity and/or persistence, interfere significantly with an individual’s or a group’s work or education, or adversely affect an individual’s or a group’s living conditions.

Sexual harassment may include but is not limited to quid pro quo (something for something, such as a demand or offer of sexual activity to retain or obtain academic or employment benefits), and/or an abusive or hostile environment which interferes with the ability to function as a full participant in the McKendree University Community.


Requesting sexual favors that may be subtle or overt but particularly when the requests are suspected to be linked to career advancement or academic rewards

Committing physical assault of a sexual nature, for instance, inappropriate touching or rape

Sending unwelcome letters, notes, or material, via written or electronically, or by making phone calls of a sexual nature

Name calling, teasing or making other derogatory or dehumanizing remarks involving sex, gender, or sexual orientation

Sexual Assault & Violence

Sexual Assault and Violence is the commission of an unwanted sexual act, whether by an acquaintance or by a stranger that occurs without indication of consent of both individuals, and that occurs under threat or coercion. Sexual assault can occur either forcibly and/or against a person’s will, or when a person is incapable of giving consent.  Silence does not in and of itself constitute consent. 


Sexual assault may include, but is not limited to rape, forcible sodomy, forcible oral copulation, sexual assault with an object, sexual battery, forcible fondling, and threat of sexual assault.



The University will make reasonable efforts to maintain confidentiality throughout the entire investigation.  The degree, to which confidentiality can be protected, however, depends upon the professional role of the person being consulted.  The professional being consulted should make these limits clear before any disclosure of facts.

McKendree University Discrimination Policy