Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It reads:

"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."
--Legal Citation: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)

Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault.

While it is often thought of as a law that applies to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader than Athletics and applies to many programs at Lewis University. While compliance with the law is everyone's responsibility at Lewis University, listed below are the staff members who have primary responsibility for Title IX compliance. 

Lewis University Title IX Coordinators


Title IX Deputy Coordinators
Dr. DeSean E. Coleman
Assistant Dean of Student Services & Title IX Coordinator
Learning Resource Center LR G-14
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 836-5597


Title IX Deputy Coordinators
Thomas Burgess
Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct
Learning Resource Center LR G-23A
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 836-5125

Title IX Deputy Coordinators
Liseth Chavez
Student Success Coordinator
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 836-5525

Title IX Deputy Coordinators
Jennifer Janczak
Head Athletic Trainer
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 836-5614

Title IX Deputy Coordinators
Timothy McBride
Assistant Professor and Sport Management Program Director
St. Charles Borromeo 150-N
(815) 836-5217

Title IX Deputy Coordinators
Lori Misheck
Director of Human Resources
St. Charles Borromeo SB-104B
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 836-5272

Title IX protects all students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, immigration status, or whether they have disability. Students who report sexual violence have a right to expect their school to take steps to protect and support them. ~ First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.

Filing a complaint
If you wish to file a complaint against a Lewis University student, faculty or staff member for sexual harassment, sex discrimination, or sexual assault, you may contact the Title IX Coordinator, any of the Deputy Title IX Coordinators, the Lewis University Police Department, or any responsible employee.  A responsible employee is any university employee who has the authority to take action to address complaints of sexual violence or any other misconduct or whom a student could reasonably believe has the authority or duty. 

The Title IX Team is responsible for institutional compliance matters including training, education, communication, and administration of the grievance procedure for all complaints.

Gender Equity in Athletics
If you have a complaint about gender equity in Lewis University athletics programs, you may contact the Director of Athletics, the Associate Director of Athletics/Director of Compliance and/or the Title IX Coordinator, who is responsible for institutional Title IX Compliance matters related to gender equity in Lewis University athletics programs.

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