Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Sexual
Sexual harassment is a form of sex
discrimination that violates Title
VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors,
and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual
harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or
implicitly affects an individual's employment, unreasonably interferes with an
individual's work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive
work or academic environment.
Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of
circumstances, including but not limited to the following:
- The victim as well as the harasser may be a woman or
a man. The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex.
- The harasser
can be the victim's supervisor, an agent of the employer, a supervisor in
another area, a co-worker, or a non-employee. A student can be harassed by
teachers, other students, or anyone else with whom the student interacts while
at school or while engaging in school-related activities.
- The victim does not have to be the person harassed
but could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.
- Unlawful sexual harassment may occur without
economic injury to or discharge of the victim.
conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with the individual’s
work or educational performance; of creating an intimidating, hostile, or
offensive working and/or learning environment; or of interfering with
one’s ability to participate in or benefit from an education program or
- The harasser's conduct must be unwelcome.
What are the examples of Sexual Harassment?
- Pressure for
- Requests for
patting, hugging or touching of a person’s body, hair or clothing,
intentionally brushing up against someone
innuendos, gestures, looks, jokes or comments
remarks to a person about his or her gender or body; claiming that a person is
gay or lesbian
sexual rumors about a person
- Displaying or
transmitting sexually suggestive electronic content, including emails and texts
unwelcome personal gifts
- Sexual assault
What should I do if I am being sexually
harassment which is ignored often escalates. It is helpful to directly
inform the harasser that the conduct is unwelcome and must stop. Alert
other people about the behavior. Doing this will provide you with support
and can be important evidence later. Use any complaint mechanism or
grievance system available and/or in place.
- Keep a detailed
written record of the harassment. Record what happened, when, where, who else
was present, and how you reacted. Save any notes, pictures, or other documents
you receive from the harasser.
- Report the
problem. Contact Human Resources Department to schedule an initial
appointment to discuss your situation. We normally set aside an hour to speak
with you. When you visit the Human Resources Department, we will ask you to
describe your situation and your view of what is going on, so that we can fully
understand the situation. No one will
force you to take any action you do not want to take.
What should I
do if I am assaulted?
incident(s) involve sexual assault or rape, you are encouraged to immediately
contact Department of Public Safety (DPS) at (708) 534-4900 or dial 911. You
should go to the nearest emergency room and ask to be seen by a health care professional
who specializes in examining sexual assault victims.
What do I do to preserve evidence of sexual
on preserving evidence, please see the Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN) http://www.rainn.org website regarding what to do in the aftermath of a
What do I do if
I believe a friend or myself have been harassed?
experience, observe, hear about or believe someone has been sexually harassed
in any way, you should make a report of the facts of the incident(s) in a
timely manner by contacting the Title IX Officer at 708-235-7169.
University (GSU) will not tolerate sexual harassment of its students or employees
and will investigate all allegations of harassment. Reports will be
investigated promptly. As stated above, please retain any notes, pictures,
or other documents you receive from the harasser that may relate to the
complaint. Where sexual harassment is found, steps will be taken to end it
What if I’m not
sure if my experience truly constitutes harassment?
If you believe
you may have experienced harassment or assault, but are unsure of whether it
was a violation of GSU sexual harassment policy, you should contact the Title
IX Officer. It is imperative that all
accounts of harassment are reported and investigated, in order to maintain the
safety of the GSU community. The Title IX Officer will help clearly define acts
that constitute sexual misconduct, and provide information regarding options.
What if other
students discover I’ve filed a report?
in good faith, report what they believe to be sexual harassment, or who
cooperate in any investigation, will not be subjected to retaliation. Any
student who believes he or she has been the victim of retaliation for reporting
sexual harassment or cooperating in an investigation should immediately contact
the Title IX Officer.
What if I want
to report something, but I know I broke a rule under the GSU Student Code of
the reporting of harassment whenever it occurs. Sometimes, victims are hesitant
to report to University officials because they fear that they may be charged
with policy violations, such as underage drinking at the time of the incident.
complaint remain confidential?
reporting, it is important to know that different people on campus have
different reporting responsibilities and different abilities to maintain
confidentiality, depending on their roles. We encourage you to contact
the Title IX Officer because he/she is best equipped to help. Please rest
assured that if you contact the Title IX Officer only people that need to know
will be told.
Will my parents
No, not unless
you tell them. Whether you are the complainant or the accused, the University’s
primary relationship is to the student and not to the parent. However, in
the event of major medical, disciplinary, or academic jeopardy, students are
strongly encouraged to inform their parents. University officials will
directly inform parents when requested to do so by the student. The University
also reserves the right to inform parents where permitted by FERPA, including
in a life threatening situation.
Do I have to
name the perpetrator?
While you are
not required to name the perpetrator, the University still has an obligation to
investigate. Without the name of the accused, the University is limited
in its ability to respond to allegations, offer remedies for the complainant,
and to sanction the accused. Sometimes victims are hesitant to report for
fear of retaliation. GSU vigorously enforces a policy of no retaliation.
What do I do if
I am accused of sexual misconduct?
Do not contact the alleged victim. If you have not
already been contacted by the Title IX Officer, you may want to contact that
office, which can explain the University’s procedures for addressing sexual
misconduct complaints. You may also want to talk confidentially to a counselor
or seek other community assistance.
In Case of Emergency:
If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual harassment
and/or assault or other misconduct and are in need to of immediate help, please
contact one of the following.
Department of Public Safety (DPS)
(Next door to Human Resources Dept.)
24-Hour Number: (708) 534-4900
ext. 2911 from any campus phone (not pay phones). Calls go directly to DPS
911 on any cell or pay phone. Calls will go directly to University Park
Police and DPS will also be notified.
- From any of
the emergency phones located throughout campus buildings and in the
parking areas, push the emergency button. Calls go directly to DPS.
1423 Chicago Rd.
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
St. James Hospital and Health Center
20201 Crawford Ave.
Olympia Fields, IL 60461
Main Number: 708-747-4000
YWCA South Suburban Center
320 West 202nd Street
Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411