For over a quarter century, the Rush Policy and Procedures on Sexual and Other Harassment have served as the cornerstone of our strong institutional program for the prevention of harassment and as a national model for policies of this kind. The Policy prohibits sexual harassment as well as harassment based on an individual’s age, ancestry, color, disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, gender, gender identity and/or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status or any other category protected by federal or state law. The prevention of harassment in each of these areas is equally important to Rush.
The Policy and Procedures serve to protect the interests of both the complainant and the accused. They provide for confidentiality, protect against retaliation, incorporate a mechanism for informal resolution of complaints and enable appropriate peer review.
Nothing contributes to prevention of harassment more than awareness, and Rush has a number of resources to assist in this effort. There will continue to be periodic messages from me and other members of senior management. Information about the Policy and Procedures is included on Rush websites and in the Rush University Catalog, the Human Resources Policies and Procedures Manual, the Rush Affirmative Action Program, the Student Handbook, electronic packets sent to incoming students and residents, and new employee, student and resident orientations. Throughout the year, presentations and institutional efforts to prevent harassment are made at management and departmental meetings and other employee and student gatherings.
All administrators, managers and supervisors have responsibility under this document. However, there are specifically designated ways to deal with concerns or complaints that may come forward. Any member of the Rush community can call The Rush Hotline (877) RUSH-009 to report concerns and complaints – you do not need to identify yourself. Additionally, you may also contact Lisa Yang, director, employee relations and equal employment opportunity officer, Rush University Medical Center, at (312) 942-5916 (internal ext. 2-5916).
At a time when harassment and bullying are gaining increased national attention, we must foster a Rush environment, free of harassment, in which all of us can work and study. This policy has been a major tool in this process, but the essential factor is our mutual commitment. Please familiarize yourself with our Policy and Procedures, the most important component of which is respect for all members of our community.
You can access Program information on the Inside Rush website under Policies and Procedures.
Photo caption: Larry J. Goodman, MD, President and CEO, Rush University Medical Center