The University of Chicago is a community of scholars dedicated to research, academic excellence, and the pursuit and cultivation of learning. Every member of the University – student, faculty, and staff – makes a commitment to strive for personal and academic integrity; to treat others with dignity and respect; to honor the rights and property of others; to take responsibility for individual and group behavior; and to act as a responsible citizen in a free academic community and in the larger society. Any student conduct, on or off campus, of individuals or groups, that threatens or violates this commitment may become a matter for action within the University’s system of student discipline.
The University Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct has several key points:
- The policy is applicable to all students.
- The policy is centrally managed by the Associate Dean of Students in the University for Disciplinary Affairs.
- The policy covers any incident, whether on or off campus, that could create a hostile environment on campus.
- The policy is applicable to everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The following terms are defined within the University Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct. Information on Title IX is also provided.
- Dating Violence
- Domestic Violence
- Harassment and Discrimination
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Assault
In addition to the definition of consent in the University's Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct, the following resources may be helpful in facilitating understanding of what constitutes consent. All resources may be printed and used by members of the campus community.