Civil Rights

The Illinois Agricultural Experiment Station (IAES) in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign is committed to providing public access to the benefits of its programs. The IAES receives federal financial assistance through allocations from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  IAES embraces its long-standing commitment to conducting cutting-edge research and sharing of information to better the lives of people, not only in Illinois, but around the world.

As recipients of public funds, IAES strives to ensure that its programs are free from discrimination in all forms. The Civil Rights Act (Pub. L. 88-352), signed into law on July 2, 1964, by President Lyndon B. Johnson, is the foundation for the commitment to non-discrimination and to equal access to the benefits of IAES programming for all members of society.

Commitment to Non-discrimination

The University of Illinois Office of Access and Equity (OAE) has developed a campus-wide Non-Discrimination Statement which IAES programs and activities follow. As a participant in USDA research and outreach programs IAES also ascribes to the non-discrimination statement of the USDA. For more on the USDA stance, view their non-discrimination poster.

IAES partners with the university in promoting diversity and engaging with the Inclusive Illinois Commitment, which has the goal of creating a welcoming environment for all.

How to File a Complaint

Any person who believes he/she or someone he/she knows has been discriminated against based on federal or state protected classes has a right to file a complaint within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory action. Complaints may be written, verbal, or observed and may be anonymous.

IAES will document all complaints and report them to the USDA or the Department of Justice as appropriate. A written complaint may also be filed by using the contact information below and following the instructions.

The Office of Access and Equity (OAE) handles discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and Title IX matters involving faculty, staff, students, and visitors to the campus. Fill out an online form to report discrimination or harassment or to request a reasonable accommodation through the OAE website.

616 E. Green Street
Suite 214
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0885
Fax: (217) 244-9136
TTY: (217) 244-9136
Email: diversity@illinois.edu

You can also reach out to the Title IX Coordinator directly.

Danielle Morrison
Title IX and Disability Coordinator
Title IX and Disability Office 
616 E. Green Street, Suite 214 
Champaign, IL 61820 
(844) 616-7978 
titleixcoordinator@illinois.edu

The Office for Student Conflict Resolution handles student code violations (including discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct) where complainant and respondent are students.

409 Student Services Building
610 E John Street
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-3680

The University of Illinois Police Department responds to reported crimes that occur on the University of Illinois campus and in adjacent jurisdictions. They work closely with the Champaign and Urbana police departments and the county sheriff’s office on criminal matters involving Illinois students.

1110 W. Springfield Avenue
(northeast corner of Goodwin and Springfield)
Urbana, IL 61801
Emergency: 911
Non-emergency: 217-333-1216
TTY: 217-244-7209
Fax: 217-244-1979
Email: dpscomments@illinois.edu

A program discrimination complaint can also be filed with the USDA on the USDA  Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights website. Or for procedures on filing complaints related to access for disabled persons, view the Americans with Disabilities Act website.

Accessibility and Accommodations

IAES provides public notification of procedures and makes reasonable accommodations to assure access to its research and educational programming by persons with disabilities. Contact IAES at (217) 333-0240 to request accommodations or to obtain alternative formats of materials(alternative formats are provided at no cost to the participant if requested in advance).

IAES also provides procedures for persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) to gain meaningful access to programs and activities supported by federal financial assistance from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. There is no cost to an individual who requests language accommodations.

English

If you need language assistance to access materials or participate in an event available to the public, please contact the Illinois Agricultural Experiment Station at (217) 333-0240.

Spanish

Si necesita asistencia con el idioma para acceder a materiales o participar en eventos disponibles para el público, comuníquese con la Estación Experimental Agrícola de Illinois al (217) 333-0240.

Chinese (Simplified)

如果您需要语言帮助来获取资料或参加可供公众参与的活动,请致电(217)333-0240联系伊利诺斯州农业实验站。

Polish

Jeśli potrzebujesz pomocy językowej, aby uzyskać dostęp do materiałów lub wziąć udział w wydarzeniu dostępnym dla publiczności, skontaktuj się z Illinois Agricultural Experimental Station pod numerem (217) 333-0240.

Personnel Training

The training module entitled “Equal Access and Civil Rights” explains responsibilities for compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended for all ACES employees who receive support from the USDA NIFA. This training module outlines responsibilities in assisting stakeholders to gain meaningful access to IAES programming.

The training module, accessible at any time through the Compass2G learning platform, is listed in the course catalog as “Civil Rights Training Module.”

To access the module:

  1. Sign into Compass2G using your NetID and Password.
  2. Select the "Browse Course Catalog" button on the bottom left of the page and search "Civil Rights Training Module"
  3. Next to the course ID aces_admin_train_163235 you will see a grey circle with an arrow. Click to expand and see the "Enroll" option
  4. After reviewing the training materials you will be asked to acknowledge your understanding and to confirm your commitment to non-discrimination. Your confirmation will be recorded automatically and will indicate that you have successfully completed the training course. You may also print a record of your completion if you choose.

Log in to Compass

If you have any questions about the module or suggestions for improvement, please contact IAES at (217) 333-0240.

All faculty, staff, and students who serve on search committees are also required to take a diversity online training course, available at any time on the Diversity.edu website.

The Human Resources Seminar Series includes optional learning modules for supervisors and managers.  These training seminars are managed and offered by Human Resources in collaboration with UI OAE and are available to University of Illinois personnel, including those supported through IAES.