Responsible University Personnel
- Title IX Coordinator and Assistant Title IX Coordinators
The University has designated a Title IX Coordinator to whom it has delegated day-to-day responsibility for this Policy. Contact information for the University’s Title IX Coordinator is below:
Mary Weis, Vice President for Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator
Office location: 104B Eckhart Hall
The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for implementing and monitoring compliance with Title IX, VAWA, and the Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act on behalf of the University. This includes coordination of training, education, communications, and administration of grievance procedures for the handling of suspected or alleged violations of this Policy. The Title IX Coordinator is also responsible for maintaining documentation of all reports of incidents of sex discrimination, sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence, and for establishing a protocol for recordkeeping of such incidents.
In addition, the following members of the University community have been designated to assist with the development, enforcement, and compliance of this Policy:
Ann Almasi-Bush Assistant Dean of Student Life and Assistant Title IX Coordinator
Office location: 105A Eckhart Hall
Dr. Amy Gray, Vice President for Student Success and Assistant Title IX Coordinator
Office location: 310C Eckhart Hall
Dr. Kate Herrick, Vice President for Academics and Student Life GWC and Assistant Title IX Coordinator
Office location: Meyer Hall
Dr. Shaun Neitzel, Dean of Student Life and Assistant Title IX Coordinator
Office location: 105C Eckhart Hall
Nicole Pieart, Associate Athletic Director/Student Well-being and Assistant Title IX Coordinator
Office location: 245 Alumni Hall
The Assistant Title IX Coordinators are also responsible (i) for implementing and monitoring Title IX compliance at the University, (ii) for notifying the Title IX Coordinator of any alleged or suspected violations of this Policy and the Zero Tolerance Policy, and (iii) for resolving such alleged or suspected violations, regardless of whether a grievance is submitted.
Any inquiries regarding Title IX, the Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act, or the University’s Policy should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator or to one of the Assistant Title IX Coordinators identified above.
Individuals may also contact the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for additional information.
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education-Chicago Office
500 W Madison St., Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661-4544
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Chicago District Office
1500 West Madison Street, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60661
Telephone: (800) 669-4000
- Responsible Employees
With the exception of the confidential resources identified below, all employees (other than student workers) directly employed by the University whose job responsibilities require direct contact with students or employees are designated as “Responsible Employees.” At the present time, student employees are only designated as "responsible employees" when they fall into the following four categories: Peer Advisors, Resident Assistants, Graduate Assistants, and Campus Public Safety student workers. Responsible Employees are available to speak with any member of the University community regarding an alleged or suspected violation of this Policy. Responsible employees are also obligated to report any alleged or suspected incident of sex discrimination, sexual misconduct, or interpersonal violence to the Title IX Coordinator or an Assistant Title IX Coordinator. If the reporting party does not want the University to take action on the complaint, or does not want his/her identity revealed, the Responsible Employee will notify the Title IX Coordinator who will determine whether the reporting party’s wishes can be honored. For additional information regarding how the Title IX Coordinator will evaluate requests for confidentiality or that no investigation or discipline be pursued, see Reporting Options and Available Resources: Section IV below.
- Outside Confidential Advisors and Other Confidential Resources
As discussed in more detail in Section VII below, the University entered into an Agreement whereby certain individuals employed at Mutual Ground will serve as confidential advisors for Aurora students who may have experienced or witnessed sexual misconduct. These confidential advisors are available to discuss alleged or suspected violations of this Policy in confidence, and generally only report to the University that an incident occurred without revealing any personally identifying information. Disclosures to confidential advisors will not trigger the University’s investigation into an incident. The University and outside agencies also make available other confidential resources. See Section VII below.