Title IX FAQs
What conduct is prohibited by Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulations, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
What are a University’s obligations when it has notice of a Title IX related incident?
The University is obligated to take immediate action to eliminate the harassment or misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.
Who are confidential resources on campus?
What are the reporting obligations of University staff, faculty, and other academic appointees?
University employees not designated as confidential resources are considered Responsible Employees and must report all incidents of gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking to the Title IX Coordinator.
What are the reporting obligations of residential staff (RAs, RHs, and Resident Deans) when they have notice and/or receive a report of a Title IX related incident?
All residential staff, including student employees, are considered Responsible Employees and must report any Title IX related incident to the Title IX Coordinator.
What can a student expect if an incident is reported to the Title IX Coordinator?
Students can expect to receive an email outreach outlining Title IX rights and responsibilities, information on confidential resources, interim supports and measures, University disciplinary process, and resources and referrals. Students are not obligated to respond to this outreach or engage with the Title IX office. Individuals can choose not to move forward with the University’s disciplinary process, but still receive support services. In some instances, the Title IX Coordinator may need to move forward with an investigation based on information already received. If this happens, the students will be notified.
Who is the University of Chicago’s Title IX Coordinator?
Is there a time limit for making a report to Title IX?
There is no time limit for reporting incidents. We do encourage reporting an incident as soon as possible in order to maximize our ability to respond promptly and effectively.
Will parents be informed of a Title IX report in instances where the student is under 18?
When a student turns 18 years old or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, the rights under FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) transfer from the parents to the student.
In keeping with its long-standing traditions and policies, the University of Chicago considers students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, and those seeking access to University programs on the basis of individual merit. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law (including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972). For additional information regarding the University of Chicago’s Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct, please see: http://harassmentpolicy.uchicago.edu/page/policy.
The University official responsible for coordinating compliance with this Notice of Nondiscrimination is Bridget Collier, Associate Provost and Director of the Office for Equal Opportunity Programs. Ms. Collier also serves as the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Affirmative Action Officer, and Section 504/ADA Coordinator. You may contact Ms. Collier by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 773.702.5671, or by writing to Bridget Collier, Office of the Provost, The University of Chicago, 5801 S. Ellis Ave., Suite 430, Chicago, IL 60637.