Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that every institution of higher education covered by the Act shall post in a prominent and accessible location a poster stating sexual harassment laws and policies. Provides that documents to be posted shall be retrieved from the Illinois Department of Human Rights website to satisfy posting requirements. Provides that posting of the posters shall be effectuated within 90 days of the effective date of the amendatory Act and shall occur annually thereafter. Specifies the contents of the posted sexual harassment poster. Provides that it is a civil rights violation for an institution of higher education to fail to post the sexual harassment poster. Effective August 1, 2009.
House Floor Amendment No. 2 Provides that every institution of higher education shall post in a prominent and accessible location a poster stating sexual harassment laws and policies; that the poster shall be (i) posted and kept posted at each campus in common areas positions easily accessible to all students including, but not limited to residence halls, administration buildings, student unions, cafeterias, and libraries or (ii) posted annually in similar locations with an electronic copy of the sexual harassment laws and policies also sent to each student at the time that registration materials are emailed. Provides that a failure to post such materials may subject the institution to an investigation by the Department of Human Rights and a subsequent civil rights violation charge. Eliminates language providing that it is a civil rights violation for an institution of higher learning to fail to take remedial or disciplinary action against a representative of the institution who failed to post the required sexual harassment materials.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Provides that college campuses with online student registration may opt to incorporate sexual harassment materials into the registration process in order to satisfy the State requirement that sexual harassment materials be posted in student-accessible areas.