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I. Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment

Knox College does not discriminate, and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment, on the basis of sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious affiliation, sexual orientation or preference, age, marital or family status, disability, veteran status, or other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in admission, financial aid, employment, athletics, or any other aspect of its educational programs or activities. Reasonable accommodation will be provided to persons with disabilities, consistent with state and federal law.

Harassment, whether verbal, physical or visual, that is based on any of these characteristics, is a form of discrimination. This includes harassing conduct affecting tangible educational benefits, interfering unreasonably with an individual's academic performance, or creating what a reasonable person would perceive is an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

Harassment can include verbal or non-verbal behavior that demeans or stereotypes individuals in a harmful way. While the College is committed to the principles of free inquiry and free expression, discrimination and harassment identified in this policy are neither legally protected expression nor the proper exercise of academic freedom.

Examples of discrimination and harassment may include (but are not limited to):

  • refusing to offer educational opportunities to someone because of the person's protected status;
  • making a grading decision because of the person's protected status;
  • jokes or epithets about another person's protected status;
  • teasing or practical jokes directed at a person based on his or her protected status;
  • the display or circulation of written materials or pictures that degrade a person or group based upon a protected characteristic; and
  • verbal abuse or insults about, directed at, or made in the presence of an individual or group of individuals in a protected group.

Reporting Harassment or Discrimination

  1. Reports or complaints alleging acts of harassment based on pregnancy, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious affiliation, age, marital or family status, disability, veteran status, or other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law are to be directed to the appropriate College office: 
    1. Reports/complaints against staff members, contractors, visitors or guests should be directed to the appropriate department supervisor/director or to the Director of Human Resources.
    2. Reports/complaints against a faculty member should be directed to the Office of the Dean of the College.
    3. Reports/complaints against a student should be directed to the Office of the Dean of Students.
    4. The College will investigate reports or complaints, conduct necessary proceedings and make final determinations under the administrative procedures established by the College for each of the above categories.
    5. Any questions or comments concerning the above policy can be directed to the appropriate department supervisor/director, the Director of Human Resources, the Office of the Dean of the College, or the Office of the Dean of Students.
  2. For reports or complaints alleging acts of harassment involving students which are based on sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or preference, please see the Knox College Policy Against Sex Discrimination, including Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct and the Employee Duty to Report Information on Sexual Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Involving Students set forth below.

Employee Duty to Report Information on Sexual Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Involving Students

In order to enable the College to respond effectively and to address instances of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct involving students, all College employees must, within 24 hours of receiving the information, report information they have about alleged or possible sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct involving students to the Title IX Coordinator or to a member of the Title IX team, which includes Deputy Title IX Coordinators and the Department of Campus Safety. Only those employees who are statutorily prohibited from reporting such information are exempt from these reporting requirements. Upon receiving a report of alleged or suspected sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct, the Title IX Coordinator will evaluate the information received and determine what further actions should be taken. The Title IX Coordinator will also provide information about the College's Grievance Procedures, as well as available health and advocacy resources and options for criminal reporting. Any questions or comments concerning the policy addressing sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct involving students should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, who leads Knox College's Title IX Team. Information on the team is found below:

Title IX Coordinators

Any inquiries regarding Title IX or the School's Policy and Procedures Addressing Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct should be directed to one or more of the Title IX Coordinators identified below. Operating as a team with the Director of Campus Safety, these Coordinators will be available to meet with or talk to students, faculty and staff regarding issues relating to Title IX and this policy.

Lead Title IX Coordinator
Ms. Kim Schrader
Operations Director for Budget and Compliance 
Department of Athletics, Fleming Fieldhouse 129
309-341-7281 office / 309-337-6536 cell
kschrade@knox.edu

The Lead Title IX Coordinator is responsible for implementing and monitoring Title IX Compliance on behalf of the College. This includes coordination of training, education, communications, and administration of the complaint and grievance procedures for the handling of suspected or alleged violations of this policy.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Ms. Gina Zindt
Director of Human Resources
Administrative Services Center 109
309-341-7200 office
gzindt@knox.edu

As Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Ms. Zindt is responsible for implementing and monitoring Title IX compliance at the College and for notifying the Lead Title IX Coordinator of any alleged or suspected violations of this policy and the resolution of such alleged or suspected violations, regardless of whether a grievance is submitted. Ms. Zindt has particular responsibilities for responding to alleged or suspected violations of this policy that involve employees and outside contractors of the College.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Dr. Catherine J. Denial
Burkhardt Distinguished Chair in History
Old Main 310
309-341-7382 office / 319-621-9193 cell
cdenial@knox.edu

As Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Denial is responsible for implementing and monitoring Title IX compliance at the College and for notifying the Lead Title IX Coordinator of any alleged or suspected violations of this policy and the resolution of such alleged or suspected violations, regardless of whether a grievance is submitted.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Laura Schnack
Associate Dean of Students
Old Main 101A
309-341-7493 office / 563-357-3141 cell
llschnack@knox.edu

As Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Ms. Schnack is responsible for implementing and monitoring Title IX compliance at the College and for notifying the Lead Title IX Coordinator of any alleged or suspected violations of this policy and the resolution of such alleged or suspected violations, regardless of whether a grievance is submitted.

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