Anti-Harassment Policy

This Anti-Harassment Policy is applicable to Illinois State Medical Society’s Board of Trustees, members, committee members, council members and participants at sponsored activities.

It is the policy of the Illinois State Medical Society ("ISMS") that any type of harassment involving ISMS staff, members of the Board of Trustees, members, or others by ISMS members or other attendees at or in connection with ISMS meetings, including but not limited to seminars, dinners, receptions and social gatherings held in conjunction with ISMS meetings, is prohibited conduct and is not tolerated.

ISMS has zero tolerance for harassing conduct at any time where ISMS members and staff are conducting ISMS business. This zero tolerance policy applies to annual meetings, meetings of ISMS sections, councils, committees, task forces, and other leadership entities, as well as all ISMS-sponsored events.


Harassment consists of any unwelcome conduct whether it be verbal, physical or visual that is offensive, denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his/her race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, citizenship or other protected group status, and that: (1) has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment; (2) has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s participation in meetings or events of ISMS or any ISMS entity; or (3) otherwise adversely affects an individual's participation in such meetings or events or, in the case of ISMS staff, such individual’s employment opportunities or tangible job benefits.

Harassing conduct includes, but is not limited to: epithets, slurs or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating or hostile acts; denigrating jokes; and written, electronic, or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group and is displayed on ISMS’s premises, at the site of any ISMS meeting or event, or circulated in connection with any ISMS materials.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment also constitutes discrimination, which is unlawful and is absolutely prohibited. For the purposes of this policy, sexual harassment is any form of aggressive, offensive or intimidating conduct based on someone's sex or gender and includes, but is not limited to: (1) unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature; (2) written or pictorial content of a sexual nature; and (3) conduct directed to an individual due to the individual’s sex or gender that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment or otherwise unreasonably interferes with an individual's participation in meetings or events of any ISMS entity or, in the case of ISMS staff, such individual's work performance, by instances of such conduct.

Sexual harassment may include such conduct as explicit sexual propositions, sexual innuendo, suggestive comments or gestures, descriptive comments about an individual's physical appearance, electronic stalking or lewd messages, displays of foul or obscene printed or visual material, any unwelcome physical contact or impeding or blocking space or movement

No Retaliation Policy

There will be no retaliation or discrimination against any individual, who reports harassment, submits a complaint, reports an incident witnessed, or participates in any way in the investigation of a harassment complaint. Each complaint of harassment or retaliation will be promptly and thoroughly investigated. Anyone found to have retaliated against an individual because of participation in the complaint or investigative process shall be subject to discipline.

Reporting and Investigation Process

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