Disciplinary & Legal Options
The University of Chicago is a community of scholars dedicated to research, academic excellence, and the pursuit and cultivation of learning. Members of the University community cannot thrive unless each is accepted as an autonomous individual and is treated without regard to characteristics irrelevant to participation in the life of the University. Freedom of expression is vital to our shared goal of the pursuit of knowledge and should not be restricted by a multitude of rules. At the same time, unlawful discrimination, including harassment, compromises the integrity of the University. It is the intention of the University to take necessary action to prevent, correct, and, where indicated, discipline unlawful discrimination.
Sexual misconduct violates the law and the standards of our community, is unacceptable at the University of Chicago, and may constitute a form of discrimination. Experiencing sexual misconduct can be devastating to the person who experiences it directly and can adversely impact family, friends, and the larger community. Regardless of the definitions covered in the Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct, people who believe they have experienced any sexual misconduct are encouraged to report the incident and to seek medical care and support as soon as possible. The University is committed to providing a prompt and thorough investigation of all complaints of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or a sex offense notwithstanding any external investigative and legal processes. The University’s investigation thus may occur alongside, rather than in lieu of, an independent law enforcement investigation or civil action.
In all instances, the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide guidance and support.
Filing a Complaint Against a University Affiliate
- Reports of student misconduct involving unlawful discrimination and sexual misconduct should be directed to the Associate Dean of Students in the University for Disciplinary Affairs. Jeremy Inabinet may be reached by contacting Campus and Student Life at (773) 834-4837. More information, including a direct link to file a report, is available on umatter.uchicago.edu.
- If the accused is a staff employee, a staff member from Human Resource Services Employee/Labor Relations Department will guide the individuals through the appropriate process. Call (773) 702-3963.
- If the accused is a faculty member or other academic appointee, a formal complaint is initially addressed by the cognizant academic dean and an Associate Provost, and, as warranted, by the Provost.
Filing a Report With Law Enforcement
Learn more about filing a report with law enforcement at umatter.uchicago.edu.