What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law prohibiting sex discrimination by entities that receive federal funds, including educational institutions. The law is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights. The Department of Education has promulgated regulations to implement Title IX. The regulations appear at 34 C.F.R. Part 106.
Title IX and the implementing regulations state that "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.” The definition of “program or activity” includes all the operations of an educational institution, governmental entity or private employer that receives federal funds.
Title IX is one of several federal and state laws governing equal opportunity. In furtherance of all these laws, North Park University has adopted a strict Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment or Retaliation. North Park University does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, or veteran status. North Park University does not permit harassment, including sexual harassment or other harassment based on gender. North Park University does not permit retaliation.
Who is responsible for implementing University Equal Opportunity Policies?
All University administrators have responsibility to ensure that equal opportunity policies are followed, just as all members of the North Park community are expected to adhere to the policies. Coordination of these efforts, and responsibility for implementation of, and compliance oversight for, the Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, or Retaliation, including prompt and equitable resolution of any complaints, is delegated to the University’s EO/Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators.
Title IX Coordinator
Director of Human Resources
Old Main, 3rd floor
Deputy Title IX Coordinators
Dean of Students
Student Services Building, 2nd floor
Seminary Dean of Students and Community Life
Nyvall Hall, 1st floor
North Park University
3225 W FOSTER AVE
CHICAGO IL 60625
Who can answer my questions or take my complaint?
The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators serve as a primary resource. They play an integral role in carrying out the University’s commitment to provide a positive and enriching learning environment for all community members, and will answer all questions pertaining to equal opportunity. Additionally, questions may be directed to University deans, vice presidents, or the provost.
Members of the University community should contact a Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator if they are personally subjected to, or they observe, conduct that may be in violation the University’s Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, or Retaliation, including any conduct believed to constitute discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex. This includes acts of discrimination in employment, admission, programs, or activities, any act of physical violence, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, or sexual misconduct, and any other non-consensual sexual acts. In the event of any form of assault or violence, campus security should also be informed:
Office of Campus Safety and Security
Emergency: (773) 244-5600
Non-Emergency: (773) 244-5780
Director of Campus Security: (773) 244-5222
You may also contact the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) to ask questions about Title IX and other equal opportunity laws applicable to recipients of federal funds or to make complaints. The Chicago branch of OCR is located at:
500 W MADISON ST, SUITE 1475
CHICAGO IL 60661-4544
Telephone: (312) 730-1560
Fax: (312) 730-1576
What Happens If I Make a Complaint?
Your complaint will be resolved through an informal complaint procedure or investigated and determined through a formal complaint procedure. Both processes are described in the Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment or Retaliation. Click the link below to see the complaint procedures.
The following resources are available to the members of the community: