Office for Equity & Compliance

To contribute to the University's safety efforts regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the physical office of the OEC will remain closed at least through the end of the Fall 2020 semester. However, all OEC services remain available in a remote and/or virtual format. This includes maintaining virtual office hours, receiving and processing reports and complaints, facilitating supportive measures, conducting investigations, and offering trainings and educational programming. For more information click here.

Office for Equity & Compliance
Granada Center, Suite 403
Lakeshore Campus

6439 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60626

p: 773.508.7766
e: equity@luc.edu

Tim Love
Executive Director for Equity & Compliance
Title IX Coordinator

Laura Vele Buchs
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Equity Investigator

Brian Houze
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Equity Investigator

In 2019, Tim Love led Loyola University Chicago’s efforts to restructure its compliance program related to Title IX and other equity/civil rights laws, creating the Office for Equity & Compliance to centralize the program and bring institutional policies into alignment across faculty, student, and staff domains. Previously, Love had held various student affairs roles over 11 years at Loyola, including serving as the associate dean of students, director of student conduct and conflict resolution, and within residence life. With over 15 years of experience working with students in crisis, Love is passionate about issues of equity and social justice and seeks to assist higher education institutions in implementing progressive, responsible practices that ensure the safety of their students and the integrity of their institution.

Love holds both a Juris Doctorate and Bachelors of Arts from Loyola University Chicago, and a Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University. He is also a trained and experienced mediator and circle facilitator, and he has conducted training nationally and internationally on topics including restorative justice, student conduct administration, behavioral intervention teams and threat assessment, and mission-driven leadership.

Laura Buchs, M.A./J.D., is an equity and inclusion specialist at Loyola University Chicago with advanced Title IX and non-adversarial investigation training. Laura served in the U.S. Peace Corps, taught English in Japan, and has led U.S. students abroad to Nicaragua, Mali, and Australia. While completing graduate studies in international training & education, she served as the assistant and interim international student coordinator for the Washington semester program at American University, which included providing in-bound orientation for non-degree seeking international students. She later directed living-learning communities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and circumnavigated the globe with Semester at Sea. As a Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) post-law school, Laura received a Special Contributions Award from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for her work on training VA employees in the assessment of claims for benefits based on military sexual trauma.

Since 2014, Laura has worked at the University of New Mexico, California State University Northridge, and Loyola University Chicago responding to and investigating complaints of discrimination, sexual misconduct, failure to accommodate, and retaliation, while training thousands of faculty, staff, and students on equity and sexual misconduct matters.

Brian Houze, M.Ed., serves students, faculty, and staff in the Office for Equity & Compliance. Since 2014, Brian has investigated and adjudicated reports alleging discrimination, sexual misconduct, and other equity-related matters at Loyola University Chicago. First in the Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution and, since 2019, in the OEC, he has contributed to case management, analytics, and Loyola’s compliance with various federal and state reporting obligations.

Brian is a trained mediator and has facilitated training, internally and externally to Loyola, on leadership, values-based decision making, whiteness/privilege, student conduct administration, and person-centered interviewing. He is an alum of Loyola University of Chicago’s School of Education and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois. Brian enjoys spending time in the kitchen, and will always suggest an ampersand.