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The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) is committed to take reasonable action to provide a safe environment for students, employees, and visitors who live, work, visit, or study on campus. To reaffirm the university’s commitment to the wellbeing, health, and safety of the university community, and to remain in compliance with local, state, and federal laws, the UIC Violence Prevention Plan (VPP or “the plan”) has been updated, reviewed, and approved by university leadership. This plan has been developed for university violence prevention, reduction, and response, and outlines effective identification, assessment, and management strategies that will be employed to prevent campus violence, to reduce the effects of violence on victims/survivors, and to impose consequences upon those who threaten or perpetrate violence.
It is the policy of the university to be prepared for any acts of violence or threats of violence affecting the welfare, health, or safety of the university community. Violence prevention and response activities shall be coordinated to the maximum extent possible within the campus as well as comparable to activities of other local governments and other counties, the State of Illinois, the federal government, and private agencies and organizations of every type.
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Violence Prevention Policy
The University of Illinois Chicago is committed to the welfare, health, and safety of its students, employees, and visitors. In this regard, the university will take reasonable action to provide an environment free from acts or threats of violence, and other aberrant, dangerous, or threatening behavior.
The university will not tolerate acts or threats of violence, and other aberrant, dangerous, or threatening behavior on university-owned, -controlled, or -leased properties; at off-campus locations administered by the University; or in its programs or while using university-owned or administered systems such as email, whether by students, employees, visitors, or other third parties.
Individuals who violate this policy may be subject to sanctions including, but not limited to, removal from the premises, exclusion from the premises, criminal prosecution, corrective and/or disciplinary action, civil remedies under Illinois law, suspension and/or expulsion, and/or employee discipline up to and including discharge, in accordance with relevant investigatory procedures.
In service of its commitment to the welfare, health, and safety of the campus community, the university shall develop, annually review, update, and exercise a comprehensive Violence Prevention Plan (VPP or “the plan”) that specifically addresses the university’s position on the prevention, reduction, and response to campus violence.
In accordance with the Illinois Campus Security Enhancement Act of 2008, the university shall have established multi-disciplinary Behavioral Threat Assessment Team(s) that include trained faculty, campus administration, student affairs, law enforcement, human resources, counseling services, residence life, local, county or major municipal emergency managers, and other disciplines as necessary. The university shall also form a Campus Violence Prevention Committee charged with implementation of the plan and determining the individuals responsible for education and prevention of violence on campus. The Campus Violence Prevention Committee provides oversight to the Behavioral Threat Assessment Teams.
All areas of the campus community are required to cooperate with requests from Campus Violence Prevention Committee and Behavioral Threat Assessment Teams relative to successfully monitoring any aberrant, dangerous, or threatening behavior and responding to acts or threats of violence on campus.
As part of the university community, all students, employees, visitors, and other third parties are responsible for reporting violence they experience and witness to university officials, as specified in the UIC Violence Prevention Plan. UIC prohibits retaliation in accordance with the UIC Prohibition of Retaliation Following Claims of Unlawful Discrimination Policy (OAE-1100-003) and the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act (5 ILCS 430/15-5 et seq.).
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