Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was the first comprehensive federal law to prohibit sex discrimination against students and employees of educational institutions. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender (sex). Title IX prohibited conduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, relationship (dating) violence and stalking.  The law states:

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."  Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX).

  • Who is protected under Title IX at Loyola University Chicago
  • What are a University's obligations when it has notice of a Title IX related incident?
  • Duty to Report Message -  All Loyola University Chicago Faculty & Staff
  • Loyola’s Title IX Coordinator & Contact Information
  • Responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinators & Contact Information
  • Confidential Resources
  • What if the individual(s) notifying Loyola requests confidentiality?
  • Complaint Procedures
  • Title IX
  • On Campus Resources

Who is protected under Title IX at Loyola University Chicago?

All students, staff, and faculty are protected and Title IX benefits everyone. It is a law that requires educational institutions to create and maintain policies and procedures that do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of gender, including any form of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Incidents that take place off‐campus but still impact a student’s participation in any educational program or activity will be handled similarly to incidents that take place on‐campus.

While Title IX is often thought of as a law that applies to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader than Athletics and applies to all educational programs and activities at Loyola University Chicago. Listed below are the staff members who have primary responsibility for Title IX compliance at Loyola University Chicago.

What are a University’s obligations when it has notice of a Title IX related incident?

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a “Dear Colleague Letter (DCL)” on April 4, 2011 to all educational institutions receiving federal aid. It outlines institutions’ responsibilities when becoming aware of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating violence, and stalking. The letter states, “If a school knows or reasonably should know about student on student harassment that creates a hostile environment, Title IX requires the school to take immediate action to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.” Specific policies and procedures vary by institution. Loyola’s are outlined in the Community Standards and the Title IX Website.

Loyola University Chicago’s Title IX Coordinator is:

Thomas M. Kelly
Sr. Vice President for Administrative Services
Office of the President -Suite 1509
820 North Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL  60611
(t) 312-915-6400
(email) tkelly4@luc.edu

Duties & Responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator:

Monitoring and oversight of overall implementation of Title IX Compliance and the prevention of harassment and discrimination at the University, including coordination of training, education, communications, and administration of grievance procedures for faculty, staff, students and other members of the University community.

If you have questions or concerns related to Title IX, you should contact Loyola University Chicago’s Title IX Coordinator.

Deputy Title IX Coordinators & Contact Information:

Deputy Coordinator: For Students

Rabia Khan Harvey is responsible for Title IX compliance in matters involving students, including training, education, communication, and investigation of complaints. Contact Rabia Khan Harvey, Assistant Dean of Students (Office of the Dean of Students) at rkhan@luc.edu or 773-508-8016.

James Mendez is responsible for Title IX compliance at our Health Sciences Campus in matters involving students, including training, education, communication, and investigation of complaints. Contact James Mendez, Associate Dean, Student Affairs for Health Sciences at jamendez@luc.edu or 708-216-8140.

Deputy Coordinator: For Athletics

Jay Malcolm is responsible for Title IX compliance in matters involving student-athletes, coaches and athletic administrators and staff, including training, education, communication, and will facilitate the handling of all complaints with the appropriate Loyola office. Contact Jay Malcolm, Associate Athletics Director for Compliance at jmalcolm@luc.edu or 773-508-3884.

Deputy Coordinator: For Faculty, Staff, & Other Concerned Parties

Danielle Hanson is responsible for Title IX compliance in matters involving faculty, staff and other concerned parties, including training, education, communication, and investigation of complaints. Contact Danielle Hanson, Title IX Deputy Coordinator/Director of Process Improvement and Technology Advancement at dhanson@luc.edu or 773-508-3962.

Confidential Resources

For survivors of gender-based misconduct who wish to speak to a confidential resource on campus, they may contact one or more of the following individuals on campus to schedule an appointment, and the Title IX Deputy Coordinator will NOT be notified:

 Confidential Resources for Students:

  • Counseling and Medical Professionals: Available at the Wellness Center, or call 773-508-8883 to schedule an appointment.
  • Loyola Sexual Assault Advocates: Available during certain hours via the Loyola Sexual Assault Advocacy Line or call 773-494-3810.
  • Pastoral Counselors: A pastoral counselor is a person who is associated with a religious order or denomination, recognized by that religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling, and functioning within the scope of that recognition as a pastoral counselor. (In the Catholic faith, this would mean a priest from whom a person has sought private spiritual counsel.) Campus Ministers are generally not confidential resources, but Campus Ministry can help you locate a pastoral counselor or call 773-508-2200.

Confidential Resources for Faculty and Staff:

  • Employee Assistance Program (Off-Campus Resource): The Employee Assistance Program is offered, at no cost, through Perspectives, Ltd, and it is available to all Faculty and Staff Employees and their families at (800) 456-6327 or to access Perspectives online, please go to www.perspectivesltd.com and the username is: LOY500 and the password is: perspectives
  • Loyola Sexual Assault Advocates: Available during certain hours via the Loyola Sexual Assault Advocacy Line or call 773-494-3810.
  • Pastoral Counselors: A pastoral counselor is a person who is associated with a religious order or denomination, recognized by that religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling, and functioning within the scope of that recognition as a pastoral counselor. (In the Catholic faith, this would mean a priest from whom a person has sought private spiritual counsel.) Campus Ministers are generally not confidential resources, but Campus Ministry can help you locate a pastoral counselor or call 773-508-2200.

What if the individual(s) notifying / reporting to Loyola requests confidentiality?

Other than the confidential resources listed above, all other Loyola University Chicago faculty and staff employees are required to notify the University of any gender-based misconduct incidents via the EthicsLine Reporting Hotline

Specifically:

  •  Name(s) of the alleged perpetrator(s)- If known;
  •  Name(s) of the individual(s) who experienced the gender-based violence or sexual misconduct- If known;
  •  All other relevant details of the reported misconduct, including the date, time, and location of the incident(s).

Only persons who, by law, are exempt (University mental and medical health professionals, Sexual Assault Advocates in the state of Illinois and University clergy acting in that role) may keep Title IX concerns confidential. If the individual(s) does not wish to participate in a formal resolution, the University will take this into consideration. It is only in selected cases that Loyola will still decide to take action in order to ensure the safety of the Loyola community.

 

Complaint Procedures: 

To file a complaint on the basis of gender, including any form of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking, you are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate office listed below or use the EthicsLine Reporting Hotline.

  • Faculty, Staff & Other Concerned Parties: Contact your campus Human Resources office, 312-915-6175 or use the EthicsLine Reporting Hotline to file a complaint.
  • Students: Contact Rabia Khan Harvey, Assistant Dean of Students (Office of the Dean of Students) located in 6511 N. Sheridan, Damen Student Center, 3rd Floor, 773-508-8016 or use the EthicsLine Reporting Hotline to file a complaint.

Non-Retaliation, Intimidation and Coercion

Loyola University Chicago strictly prohibits retaliation by, for or against any participant (complainant, respondent, or witness) for making a good faith report of any conduct, act or practice believed to violate this policy, or any other University policy or standard of conduct, or participating in good faith in the University's investigation of any reported violation.  Retaliatory action of any kind is conduct subject to discipline.  Any person who thinks he/she has been the victim of retaliation should contact the Title IX officer immediately.

Other Complaint Options

The University is required by Title IX not to discriminate on the basis of sex, questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Loyola University Chicago's Title IX Coordinator or the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.  A faculty, staff, student or other concerned party may always file a complaint with:

  • Illinois Department of Human Rights at (312)-814-6200 or TDD (866)-740-3953, or
  • U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights at (800) 421-3481 or TDD (877) 521-2172, or
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at (800) 669-4000 or TDD (800) 669-6820

On Campus Resources

Further Resources:

 

(rev: 09/21/2015, 12/29/2015)