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Eastern Illinois University provides equality of opportunity in education and employment for all students and employees. Discrimination based upon race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis of discrimination precluded by federal and state statutes is strictly prohibited. (IGP 174).

Any member of the university community, who believes he or she has been treated unfairly based on one of the aforementioned characteristics, may contact university's Office of Civil Rights and Diversity for advice and assistance. The office is located at 1011 Old Main, the telephone number is (217) 581-5020, and the email address is civil@eiu.edu.

No retaliation may be taken against any university employee or student who seeks redress under this policy.

Complaint Procedures

All employees and students are encouraged to come forward with any concerns regarding discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual violence). It is the responsibility of faculty chairpersons, other administrators, and supervisors to inform this office about any potential instances of sexual harassment or other forms of discrimination. Failure to report could itself be a violation of this policy and/or university expectations.

To initiate a complaint, submit a Complaint Intake Form to the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity. Once the form has received and reviewed, office staff will schedule a meeting to discuss procedures and options with you.

All civil rights complaints follow the university’s discrimination complaint procedures (IGP 173). For more information about the complaint process, sexual harassment policy, and related university's policies, visit:

Questions about policies, procedures, or complaints may be addressed to: 

Office of Civil Rights and Diversity
1011 Old Main
(217) 581-5020
civil@eiu.edu