Loyola University Chicago

Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution

Division of Student Development

Interpersonal Conflict

Here are some of our commonly referenced policies. For a complete look at the Community Standards, click here.

201(1) Abusive Conduct (B or C)
Abusive conduct is strictly prohibited. Abusive conduct includes any intentional conduct that inflicts or attempts to inflict bodily harm or severe emotional harm upon any person, any reckless action that could result in bodily harm, and any action that would reasonably cause another to be fearful that their health or safety is in immediate danger. Using or attempting to use alcohol or other drugs intentionally to incapacitate another individual is also considered abusive conduct.

When a student harms or attempts to harm oneself, the student may be required to meet with a representative of the Office of the Dean of Students and/or Behavioral Concerns Team to determine the most appropriate course of action.

201(3) Bias-Motivated Discrimination and Misconduct (C)
In accordance with the University’s Non-Discrimination Policy (§610), it is prohibited to discriminate or otherwise engage in misconduct against any person or group of people based on one’s actual or perceived: race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, military or veteran status, parenting status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Such laws include Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which also prohibits any student from discriminating or otherwise engaging in misconduct against any person or group based on actual or perceived gender expression or pregnancy. See also §604 Gender-Based Discrimination and Misconduct Rights & Resources.

Incidents involving discrimination or bias-motivated misconduct threaten to disrupt the environment of care and mutual respect that is central to Loyola’s educational mission. Such incidents will be promptly investigated and may result in serious or escalated outcomes.

201(14) Harassment and Bullying (B or C)
Ours is a community of care, where all people are to be treated with dignity and respect. Members of our University community are expected to demonstrate concern for the welfare of others, to consider the impact (whether direct or indirect) of their behavior on others, and to act in a manner that minimizes harm.

Accordingly, harassment and bullying (as defined below) are strictly prohibited at Loyola University Chicago. Both harassment and bullying may be verbal, physical, or psychological and may occur through electronic means (cyber-bullying). Harassment and bullying can occur through one severe, isolated incident or through a pattern of repeated incidents. Such actions are unwelcome and pose a risk to the health and safety of the University community. Petty slights, annoyances, and isolated incidents (unless serious and pervasive) will not rise to the level of a policy violation.
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“Harassment” is intentional, aggressive, and unwelcome behavior towards another that is severe or repeated and that has the purpose or effect of seriously interfering with a reasonable person’s physical health, mental health, or ability to benefit from the University’s programs and services.

“Bullying” is antagonistic and unwelcome behavior towards another that is severe or repeated and that would be likely to intimidate, hurt, demean, defame, control, or diminish a reasonable person. This includes, but is not limited to, slurs, epithets, and derogatory terms. Bullying is not in the intention (e.g., “just joking around”) but in the perception of the behavior against another party.

201(20) Retaliation (B)
All members of the University community have a right to bring forth information that helps support an environment of safety and support. Accordingly, any act of retaliation taken against another is a serious violation of University policy. Retaliation means any adverse action taken by or on behalf of a person or group against another person or group in response to someone reporting an incident to the University or otherwise participating in the conduct process in good faith. Even if a person or group is believed to be acting in bad faith, students must contact Campus Safety, the OSCCR, or another University resource to address the behavior, and may never retaliate, intimidate, threaten, coerce, or otherwise engage in misconduct towards any person or group for exercising their rights or responsibilities under any provision of this Code.