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Illinois College is committed to the fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity on behalf of any student, employee, or prospective employee.

In this regard, all decisions involving the College community are based on individual merit, are free from unlawful discrimination in any form, and adhere to all applicable federal and state law. The College prohibits discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age (40 and over), order of protection status, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation (including gender-related identity or expression), arrest or conviction record, genetic information, protected veteran status, military status (including unfavorable discharge from military service), or any other legally-protected characteristic. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admission, employment, and education, including access to and treatment in all College programs and activities. Notwithstanding the foregoing, after a decision on student admission has been made, prior to enrollment, each student applicant shall provide information about any criminal history and, upon request, authorize a criminal background check. The College may deny enrollment to any applicant whose criminal history, in the College’s sole discretion, could adversely affect campus security and safety. Additionally, the College reserves the right to refuse to hire individuals and to take adverse employment action against employees based on criminal conviction records, as provided by law.

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In addition to these policies, Illinois College has adopted the following diversity statement:

Illinois College is committed to providing an environment in which all members of the college community will find support for their individual growth and development whatever their race/ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, national/geographic origin, language use, socio-economic status, first generation status, veteran/military status, or political ideology. As we shape our campus community, the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion is expressed within policy, practices, programming, decision-making, strategic planning, and pedagogy. Under this multidimensional framework, Illinois College will strive to develop a pluralistic community that directly supports our commitment “to the highest standards of scholarship and integrity in the liberal arts” and to developing in our students “qualities of mind and character needed for fulfilling lives of leadership and service."