Dear Students, Staff and Faculty:

We write to all members of our community to reaffirm our commitment to providing a safe and welcoming campus environment free from discrimination based on sex, which includes sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, sexual harassment, dating violence, and domestic violence.

As you may know, the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights has issued a letter rescinding some previous policies and guidance related to university compliance responsibilities around Title IX and sexual violence. We are reviewing the changes and will monitor any future proposals related to these rules.

We want to reiterate our promise as a university to continue to provide the services, support and resources to reduce sexual violence in our community and to support those who need assistance. Rules may change, but our responsibility to ensure the safety of all who come here to work, live and learn never will.  

  • We will always treat these issues with urgency and seriousness and work to provide survivors with respect and support and to help them find any resources they need.
  • Our response to sexual misconduct will continue to ensure due process and fairness to all involved.
  • We will vigorously maintain the privacy of all parties.
  • We will continue to provide access to confidential support resources.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign community is a strong one, and we have a collective responsibility to support people who have experienced sexual violence and to step in if we are in a position to prevent sexual assault. For more information on reporting sexual violence or misconduct and how to support survivors, please visit


Robert J. Jones

Danita Brown Young
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Assata Zerai
Associate Chancellor for Diversity 

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