EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION & NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
Loyola University Chicago recognizes that in order to excel as Chicago’s Jesuit, Catholic University and uphold our mission of being a diverse community seeking God in all things and working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice and faith, we must continue to hire the best talent and secure the full participation and commitment of all employees. In keeping with this conviction, we reaffirm our obligation and intent to hire and provide all employees with the opportunity to grow, develop, and contribute to our collective success without regard to race, color, religion (except where religion is a bona fide occupational qualification for the job), national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or any other factor protected by law. This policy reflects Loyola University Chicago’s commitment to the attainment of equal opportunity for all members of its community through an ongoing affirmative action program. Further, Loyola University Chicago will continue to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship.
Loyola University Chicago is committed to equal employment opportunity in all aspects of employment, including recruiting, hiring, promotions, transfers, demotions, layoffs or terminations, compensation, benefits, training, social and recreational programs or events, and all other terms, conditions and privileges of employment. All employment decisions, including hiring and promotion decisions, are based on job-related criteria, such as skills, abilities, education, and experience.
We are also committed to providing a work environment free from harassment. We will not tolerate harassment of any job seeker, faculty, staff, student or other individual present on our property based on race, color, religion (except where religion is a bona fide occupational qualification for the job), national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or other factor protected by law.
In addition to our commitment to equal opportunity, Loyola University Chicago strictly prohibits retaliation (including any threats or adverse employment action) against any individual for making a good faith internal report of any conduct, act or practice believed to violate this policy, or any other University policy or standard of conduct, or participating in good faith in the University's investigation of any reported violation.
Also prohibited is unlawful harassment, intimidation, threats, coercion, discrimination or retaliation in any other form against anyone for engaging in any protected activity under any equal employment opportunity law or regulation or any other federal, state or local law. Protected activity is defined by the specific law, but may include: (1) making a good faith internal complaint of any conduct, act or practice violating this policy; (2) filing a complaint allowed by any equal employment opportunity law or regulation ("EEO laws"); (3) participating or assisting in an investigation or any other activity undertaken by Loyola University Chicago or any governmental agency related to compliance with our EEO policy or any EEO law; (4) opposing in good faith any act or practice that violates any EEO law; or (5) exercising any right under any EEO law.
We know that positive, results-oriented action to advance equal employment opportunity serves the best interests of Loyola University Chicago, its faculty, staff and students and the communities in which it operates.
Harassment Reporting Procedures
Any harassment should be reported as follows:
- Faculty, Staff & Other Concerned Parties: Contact your campus Human Resources office, 312-915-6175 or use the EthicsLine Reporting Hotline to file a complaint.
- Students: Contact the Dean of Students Office located in the Damen Student Center, 6511 N. Sheridan Road, Suite 300, 773-508-8840 or use the EthicsLine Reporting Hotline to file a complaint.
Affirmative Action Officer & Title IX Officer
Affirmative Action Officer:
Winifred Williams, PhD
Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Lewis Towers - Suite 820
820 North Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Title IX Officer:
Thomas M. Kelly
Sr. Vice President for Administrative Services
Office of the President - Suite 1509
820 North Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
The University’s Affirmative Action Officer has assumed responsibility for assuring equal opportunity through our Affirmative Action/EEO Program.
Managers at all levels are expected to affirmatively support and advance the University's Affirmative Action/EEO efforts and to perform their assigned responsibilities in this area in a manner that assures the program's effectiveness. Each faculty and staff member is also urged and expected to give his or her fullest cooperation to our Affirmative Action/EEO efforts and to assure his or her individual conduct conforms to our commitment to equal opportunity.
If you have any questions or problems concerning equal employment opportunity, the University's commitments and expectations under this policy, or your responsibilities, we encourage you to talk to Loyola University Chicago’s Affirmative Action Officer.