Professional ethics

The History Department values and expects high ethical standards in all our relationships, including among students and between faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is a diverse, welcoming, and safe environment for work and study, without restrictions or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, social class or status, sex, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, political affiliation, veteran status, age, or disability. Discrimination and harassment are unethical, unprofessional, a threat to academic freedom, an abuse of power, a harm to individuals' lives, and often unlawful. It is a violation of professional standards to take actions that prevent or impair another individual's full enjoyment of educational or workplace rights, benefits, or opportunities. Violations should be brought to the attention of appropriate departmental and university officers (e.g. Title IX and Disability Office, Office of Access and Equity, DGS, Department Chair, Graduate Advisors, individual faculty). The Women's Resources Center offers the possibility of confidential reporting and discussion. Don't be silent.

For a statement on ethical standards in the history profession, see the policy statement from the American Historical Association: https://www.historians.org/jobs-and-professional-development/statements-standards-and-guidelines-of-the-discipline/statement-on-standards-of-professional-conduct

Concerning sexual misconduct, important resources, support, and information—both confidential and non-confidential (mandatory reporting)—can be found at www.wecare.illinois.edu  

Concerning discrimination and harassment, see information, resources, and reporting tools at https://oae.illinois.edu/discrimination-and-harrassment-prevention.html

See also the University Student code (http://studentcode.illinois.edu/article1_part1_1-101.html), including sections on

   -- non-discrimination policy: http://studentcode.illinois.edu/article1_part1_1-108.html

   -- sexual relationships: http://studentcode.illinois.edu/article1_part1_1-109.html

   -- sexual misconduct: http://studentcode.illinois.edu/article1_part1_1-111.html

See also Campus Administrative Manual: http://cam.illinois.edu/policies/hr-79/