Ensuring Equal Opportunities for All

Every member of the Laboratory Schools community deserves to be accepted and treated as an autonomous individual, without regard to characteristics irrelevant to participation in the life of Lab. Freedom of expression is vital to our shared goal of the pursuit of knowledge and should not be restricted by a multitude of rules. At the same time, unlawful harassment, discrimination, sexual misconduct, bullying, hazing, and retaliation compromise the integrity of Lab. Lab is committed to taking necessary action to prevent, correct, and, where indicated, discipline these behaviors.
 

Get Help

  • To report sexual harassment or sexual misconduct to the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, you can report online or contact Betsy Noel, Deputy Title IX Coordinator.
  • To report a bias incident, you can report online, or contact the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Nicole Williams, or the Coordinator for Wellness and Equal Opportunity Programs and Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Betsy Noel.
  • To request support at school related to your gender identity, contact Equal Opportunity Programs.
  • Get support from one of the Support Resources you can find here (if viewing on a desktop browser, resources are on the right side of this page).
  • If this is an EMERGENCY: Call 9-1-1 for medical assistance or call 773-702-8181 to reach the University of Chicago Police Department.
     

Prohibited Conduct Definitions

Harassment, Discrimination, Bullying, Hazing, and Retaliation

Behaviors that constitute harassment, discrimination, bullying, hazing, or retaliation are fundamentally disrespectful, can be disruptive to the learning environment, and can have the purpose or effect of interfering with others’ equal access to a Laboratory Schools education. Regardless of the definitions provided below, people who believe they have experienced conduct prohibited under Lab’s policies are encouraged to report the behavior and to seek support as soon as possible.
 

Sexual Misconduct and Title IX

Sexual misconduct may violate the law, does violate the standards of our community, and is unacceptable at Lab and the University of Chicago.  Sexual misconduct can be devastating to the person who experiences it directly and can adversely impact family, friends, and the larger community. Regardless of the definitions provided below, people who believe they have experienced any sexual misconduct are encouraged to report the incident and to seek medical care and support as soon as possible. To report a behavior or to file a complaint under our policy on discrimination and sexual misconduct or Title IX, please contact Betsy Noel, Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

Policies, Reporting, and Resolution Options

Reporting

People who believe they have experienced conduct prohibited under Lab's policies are encouraged to report the behavior and to seek support as soon as possible. 

Individuals who report will be advised of the support available to them, their rights, and about resolution options, which include filing a formal complaint or requesting an alternative resolution process. Learn more about what happens when Lab reviews a report here

Educational Materials and Programs

The mission of the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs at Lab is to promote healthy relationships through dialogue and education, and to work towards the elimination of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct in our community. The scope of issues these prevention initiatives and programming address is quite broad, ranging from healthy relationships (including communication and sexual decision-making), bystander intervention, and the prevention and awareness of sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence. The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs coordinates programs and outreach for students at every grade level and for faculty and staff. Some of the education materials used in those programs and outreach can be found below.

FAQs

Support Resources

Get help! These resources are there for you!

This list includes emergency resources, confidential resources, and additional resources available to members of the Lab community. Resources designated “confidential” are available to provide support, resources, and information. Confidential resources do not share identifying information about people or incidents without the reporting person’s consent.

For Students and Families

For Staff and Faculty

  • Human Resources; Kimberly Williamson, Director, Human Resources, 773-702-7316, kwilliamson@ucls.uchicago.edu
  • Employee Assistance Program (Perspectives); 800-866-7556 (Confidential)
  • Ordained Religious Advisors; spirit.uchicago.edu (Confidential)

What are some support resources outside of Lab?

  • City of Chicago Police Emergency: 911 (24-hour)
  • City of Chicago Non-Emergency: 312-744-5000 (24-hour)
  • University of Chicago Medicine Emergency Department: 773-702-6250; 5656 S. Maryland Ave.
  • National Sexual Assault Telephone (24-hour) Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673) www.rainn.org/about-national-sexual-assault-telephone-hotline
  • Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline: 888-293-2080
  • LGBTQ Hotline (24-hour confidential): 773-871-CARE
  • YWCA: 866-525-9922