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Policy on Non-Discrimination

The College of Lake County is committed to providing an educational and workplace environment free from harassment and discrimination and accordingly will not tolerate discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, age, sex, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, military or veteran status, genetic information, ancestry, citizenship, parental status, pregnancy, domestic violence, economic status or any other status protected by law.

This Policy applies to all College employees, students, visitors, volunteers, independent contractors, elected officials, and third-parties in connection with any College program or activity, whether on or off campus.

Any person who believes they have been subject to unlawful discrimination or harassment is encouraged to immediately contact one of the following offices:

  • Student Reports: Title IX Coordinator or Student Conduct Officer
  • Employee and Third Party Reports: Human Resources Assistant Director
  • Elected Officials: The College Board Chair or College President

Retaliation Prohibited

Any form of retaliation, including intimidation, threats, harassment, bullying and other adverse action taken or threatened against any complainant or person reporting non-discriminatory harassment or against any person cooperating in the investigation of allegations of non-discriminatory harassment (including  assisting or participating in any manner in an investigation), is strictly prohibited.  A person reporting allegations of retaliation may be protected under state or federal law, including but not limited to the Illinois Whistleblower Act, the Illinois Human Rights Act, and the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act.

Any person found to have engaged in retaliation may be subject to corrective or disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion or termination and/or exclusion from the College. Reports of retaliation should be brought to:

  • Student Reports: Title IX Coordinator or Student Conduct Officer
  • Employee and Third Party Reports: Human Resources Assistant Director
  • Elected Officials: The College Board Chair or College President

Sanctions for a False Report

A person who knowingly makes a false report under this policy may be subject to corrective or disciplinary action, up to and including termination from employment and exclusion from the College.

Procedures

View the College’s procedures (PDF) implementing this Policy.

The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Allena Barbato, Title IX Coordinator
Room B105B
19351 W. Washington St.
Grayslake, IL 60030
(847) 543-2464
abarbato@clcillinois.edu

Katie Sweeney, Deputy Title IX Coordinator – Human Resources
Room T103
19351 W. Washington St.
Grayslake, IL 60030
(847) 543-2829
ksweeney3@clcillinois.edu

Thomas Crowe, Section 504 Coordinator – Office for Students with Disabilities
Room B171f
19351 W. Washington Street
Grayslake, IL 60030
847/543-2473
tcrowe@clcillinois.edu

Jenny Lee, Deputy Title IX Coordinator – Students
Room B264
19351 W. Washington St.
Grayslake, IL 60030
(847) 543-2963
jlee1@clcillinois.edu

Inquiries may also be made directly to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights: Citigroup Center 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-4544, or (312) 730-1560, OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

See also: Student Behavior/Reporting Incidents

If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Student Development Office.