The University adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in institutions of higher education including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Illinois Human Rights Act. The University will not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, student or applicant for admission on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, pregnancy, ethnicity, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any resolution process within the University or with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies.
This Statement covers non-discrimination in employment and in access to educational opportunities. Therefore, any member of the University community, guest or visitor who acts to deny, deprive or limit the educational, employment, residential and/or social access, benefits and/or opportunities of any member of the campus community on the basis of their actual or perceived membership in the protected classes listed above is in violation of University policy on non-discrimination. When brought to the attention of the University, any such discrimination will be appropriately remedied by the University according to its procedures.
The Title IX Coordinator is available to students and employees as an immediate resource for non-discrimination issues.
Compliance and Title IX Coordinator
Office: Student Life Office Suite, 1st floor Burpee Student Center
Phone: 815-226-2842 / E-Mail: TitleIXCoordinator@rockford.edu
Education Programs and Activities Covered by Title IX
Title IX covers state and local agencies that receive ED funds. These agencies include approximately 16,000 local school districts, 3,200 colleges and universities, and 5,000 for-profit schools as well as libraries and museums.
Programs and activities that receive ED funds must operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. These programs and activities may include, but are not limited to:
- Academic programs
- Classroom assignment
- Counseling and guidance
- Financial aid
- Physical education
- Student treatment and services
- Career & Vocational education
Governing Body for Compliance and Reporting of Grievances
Office for Civil Rights– The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education (ED).
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661-4544
FAX: 312-730-1576; TDD: 800-877-8339
File a complaint with OCR: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html
For reporting a concern Rockford University does not tolerate retaliation of any form. And OCR specially states, a recipient of federal financial assistance may not retaliate against any person who has made a complaint, testified, assisted or participated in any manner in an OCR matter or to interfere with any right or privilege protected by the laws enforced by OCR. If you believe that you have been retaliated against for any of these reasons, you also may file a complaint with OCR.