Title IX FAQs
What conduct is prohibited by federal and state law ?
What are a University’s obligations when it has notice of a report of sexual misconduct, which includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and/or stalking?
Who are confidential resources on campus?
What are the reporting obligations of University staff, faculty, and other academic appointees?
What are the reporting obligations of residential staff (RAs, RHs, and Resident Deans) when they have notice and/or receive a report of a sexual misconduct related incident?
What can a student expect if an incident of sexual misconduct is reported to the Title IX Coordinator(s)?
Who is the University of Chicago’s Title IX Coordinator(s)?
Is there a time limit for a student making a report of sexual misconduct?
Will parents be informed of a sexual misconduct report in instances where the student is under 18?
What are the support/resources offered by the Title IX Coordinator(s) ?
- Changes to academic, living, dining, working, or transportation situations
- Obtaining and enforcing a University-issued no contact directive
- Assistance in obtaining an order of protection or no contact order in State court
- Medical assistance
- Legal/law enforcement options
- Safety planning
- On- and off- campus referrals and resources
- Assistance with accessing and navigating campus and local health and mental health services, counseling, and advocacy
- Referral to the relevant formal disciplinary process
Where can I find more information about annual statistics?
Why don't reported instances of sexual misconduct always lead to formal disciplinary hearings?
- Students do not always respond to initial outreach from the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students.
- Students who do meet with the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students receive support, resources, and accommodations, but may choose not to provide a formal written complaint, which is the necessary precursor to an investigation and formal disciplinary process. Individuals can choose to not move forward with the University’s disciplinary process, but can still receive support services, and federal guidance requires that this request is honored in almost all circumstances.
- The report may not be eligible to enter into the University’s formal disciplinary process due to the status of the alleged respondent (i.e., they may not be affiliated with the University or are unknown to the University).
- Reports can be anonymous notifications from confidential resources or anonymous completion of the electronic report found on UMatter and therefore initial outreach cannot be made to these individuals.
What is the difference between reporting sexual misconduct and a formal investigation/disciplinary process?
Where can I find additional information about the University-wide Student Disciplinary Process?
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 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.