Title IX FAQs
What conduct is prohibited by federal and state law ?
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, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. The University also adheres to the requirements of the Clery Act, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and the Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act. For details, see the University Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct.
What are a University’s obligations when it has notice of a report of Title IX sexual misconduct, which includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and/or stalking?
The University is obligated to contact a complainant and offer supportive measures and information on resolution options.
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 “Individuals with Title IX Reporting Responsibilities” 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(s). “Individuals with Reporting Responsibilities” means any faculty member, other academic appointee, or staff employee who would be reasonably expected to have the authority or duty to report or take action to redress sexual misconduct. “Individuals with Reporting Responsibilities” include (among others) faculty and instructors, RAs, Resident Heads, Resident Deans, TAs, preceptors, UCPD staff, and all other University staff.
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?
All residential staff, including student employees, are considered Individuals with Reporting Responsibilities and must report any sexual misconduct related incident to the Title IX Coordinator(s). “Individuals with Reporting Responsibilities” means any faculty member, other academic appointee, or staff employee who would reasonably be expected to have the authority or duty to report or take action to redress sexual misconduct. “Individuals with Reporting Responsibilities” include (among others) faculty and instructors, RAs, Resident Heads, Resident Deans, TAs, preceptors, UCPD staff, and all other University staff.
What can a student expect if an incident of sexual misconduct is reported to the Title IX Coordinator(s)?
Students can expect to receive an email outreach outlining information on confidential resources, supportive measures, resolution options, and resources and referrals. Students are not obligated to respond to this outreach or engage with the Title IX Coordinator(s). Individuals can choose not to move forward with resolution options, but still receive support services. In rare circumstances, the Title IX Coordinator(s) may need to move forward with an investigation based on information already received. If this happens, the students will be notified.
Who are the University of Chicago’s Title IX Coordinator(s)?
Title IX Coordinator for the University
Director, Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Support
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the University
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Is there a time limit for a student making a report of sexual misconduct?
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. Additionally, there is no time limit for initating a formal disciplinary process.
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) ?
Students who have reported Title IX sexual harassment have the right to request supportive measures and/or reasonable accommodations, including, but not limited to:
- 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?
Annual statistics regarding the number of reports received, the number of students requesting investigations as a result of those reports, the number of matters that go into the formal disciplinary process as a result of those investigations, and outcomes of those hearings can be found here.
Why don't reported instances of sexual misconduct always lead to formal disciplinary hearings?
The University receives reports from a variety of sources, and anytime we receive information related to sexual misconduct, the University counts that as a report. With every report, the University makes outreach to the affected student (if the University has been given the student’s name, which is not always the case), and invites them to meet with the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students to receive support and additional information about resources, options for reporting to law enforcement, and engaging in the University’s disciplinary process. These reports do not always lead to a formal disciplinary process for a variety of reasons:
- 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.