Title IX at Loyola University Chicago
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) explicitly prohibits sex-based discrimination by any institution of higher education that receives federal funds (which includes Loyola). Under the scope of this federal law and related federal and state laws, such as the Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act, Loyola must adhere to specific regulations regarding how to address reports of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and other sex- or gender-based misconduct.
Under Title IX (and its implementing regulation, 34 C.F.R. 106), any educational institution receiving federal financial assistance must designate a “Title IX Coordinator” to carry out the institution’s obligations under Title IX. At Loyola, the Executive Director for Equity & Compliance (“EDEC”) serves as the Title IX Coordinator and oversees implementation of the Comprehensive Policy. The EDEC heads the Office for Equity & Compliance and acts with independence and authority free from bias or conflicts of interest. The EDEC oversees all resolutions under this policy and ensures that all University representatives act with objectivity and impartiality and are assessed with respect to conflicts of interest and/or potential bias. The EDEC is assisted in this work by a Title IX Deputy Coordinator, who primarily (though not exclusively) works with related student matters.
Inquiries about Title IX as implemented at Loyola, or reports of any violation of the Comprehensive Policy may be directed internally to:
Executive Director for Equity & Compliance and Title IX Coordinator
Office for Equity & Compliance
Granada Center 4th Floor, 6439 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60626
office (773) 508-7766
direct (773) 508-3733
Associate Dean of Students, Interim Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Equity Case Manager (for students)
Office of the Dean of Students
Damen Student Center 3rd Floor, 6511 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60626
office (773) 508-8840
Inquiries may be made externally to:
OCR Chicago Office
U.S. Department of Education
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-4544
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Chicago District Office
JCK Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60604
ASL Video Phone: (844) 234-5122
Loyola is fully compliant with Title IX and related laws and regulations, but considers them to be a minimum standard for ensuring a safe and inclusive University environment. Accordingly, Loyola reserves the right to utilize the ERP to address any allegation of sexual misconduct, even if the alleged conduct does not meet specific federal definitions for sexual harassment or if the conduct occurs off-campus. In cases where the EDEC determines that Title IX is not applicable, but the University still intends to apply this Comprehensive Policy to resolve the alleged misconduct, the EDEC will inform the parties that Title IX is inapplicable but that University policies and procedures will nevertheless be applied.
To raise any concern or conflict of interest regarding the EDEC or Title IX Deputy Coordinator, or to report any misconduct or discrimination committed by the EDEC or Title IX Deputy Coordinator, contact Dr. Winifred Williams, Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, at (312) 915-6175 or email@example.com. To raise concerns regarding a potential conflict of interest with or allegation of misconduct by any other administrator involved in the ERP, please contact the EDEC.