Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities, including but not limited to athletic programs that receive federal funding.
Title IX 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.” (20 U.S.C. Sec. 1681).
Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence.
Institutional Compliance with Title IX:
It is the policy of the University to provide an educational environment free of all forms of sex discrimination, including but not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct or communications constituting sexual harassment, as defined in this policy and as otherwise prohibited by state and federal statutes. Sexual harassment, including acts of sexual assault and sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination and is prohibited at the University. This prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sex applies to all students, faculty, and staff, to other members of the University community, and to contractors, consultants, and vendors doing business or providing services to the school.
In accordance with Title IX, the President of the University has designated the following Title IX Coordinator(s) as the primary contacts responsible for coordinating compliance with Title IX.
University Title IX Coordinator(s):
- Lead Coordinator: Jeff Hynes, Vice President for Student Life and Development and Dean of Students | Office: Krauss Hall 209 | (t) 708-209-3444
- Coordinator: Peg O'Brien, Director of Human Resources | Office: Addison Hall, #128 | (t) 708-209-3528
- Coordinator: Sarah O’Malley-Fisher, Head Softball Coach | Office: Kretzmann #103 | (t) (708) 209-3650
Title IX Coordinator Responsibilities and Duties
The Lead Title IX Coordinator is responsible for implementing and monitoring Title IX compliance on behalf of the University. This includes coordination of training, education, communications, and administration of the complaint and grievance procedures for the handling of suspected or alleged violations of Title IX.
The Deputy Title IX Coordinators are also responsible for implementing and monitoring Title IX compliance at the University and for notifying the Lead Title IX Coordinator of any alleged or suspected violations of Title IX and the resolution of such alleged or suspected violations, regardless of whether a grievance is submitted.
When should I contact a Title IX Coordinator?
Any student, faculty or staff member, or applicant for admission who has concerns about sex discrimination, including but not limited to acts of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or sexual violence, is encouraged to seek the assistance of one of the Title IX Coordinators identified above.
Contact a Title IX Coordinator if you:
- Wish to understand your options if you think that you may have encountered sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, or sexual violence;
- Learn of a situation that you feel may warrant a University investigation;
- Need help on how to handle a situation in which you are indirectly affected;
- Want information about possible informal remedies or administrative measures to de-escalate or alleviate a difficult situation; or
- Have questions about Concordia University’s policies and procedures.
Conversations with Title IX Coordinators are kept as confidential as possible, but information about incidents of suspected violations of Title IX must be shared to the extent necessary to conduct an investigation and take any corrective action deemed appropriate by the University.