In August, 2009, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a measure that requires all institutions of higher education covered by the Illinois Human Rights Act to inform their student bodies of the illegality of sexual harassment. According to the new law, Public Act 96-574, every institution is required to post in a prominent and accessible location a poster outlining sexual harassment laws and policies. In order to meet the posting requirements, one of the following options must be selected via the Illinois Department of Human Rights website. The posting options are:
In order to ensure that compliance is complete and uniform, the Illinois Department of Human Rights is providing the displays for posting and the language to be sent electronically. All postings and information necessary for full compliance are available for download on the Department's website. To read more about the law, click this link: Public Act 96-574 or visit www.ilga.gov/legislation.
Please note: All institutions affected by this law must be in compliance on or prior to November 22, 2013. Failure to comply may result in the Department initiating a preliminary charge, issuing a notice to show cause, and possibly initiating a charge of a civil rights violation. Please be sure to fill out and return the SURVEY by November 22, 2013.
I believe that we share a common goal in making sure that students have the ability to learn in an environment that is free of sexual harassment, because sexual harassment is never okay. This new law helps to inform students of their rights and of the help available should they have a need. If you require additional assistance or would like to continue receiving updates from IDHR, please email Betsy Ebeling.
Rocco J. Claps
Director, Illinois Department of Human Rights
100 West Randolph Street, Suite 10-100, Chicago, IL 60601, TTY (866) 740-3953
Housing Line (800) 662-3942
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