Title IX Coordinator

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Danielle Morrison
Title IX Coordinator
Title IX Office
616 E. Green Street, Suite 214
Champaign, IL 61820
(844) 616-7978
titleixcoordinator@illinois.edu

Role of the Title IX Coordinator

The lead Title IX Coordinator is responsible for and authorized to coordinate the University’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in education programs and activities for institutions that receive federal financial assistance, as well as retaliation for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege protected by Title IX. The lead Title IX Coordinator also oversees the University’s response to all reports and complaints of Prohibited Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Sexual Harassment to monitor outcomes, identify any patterns, and assess their effects on the campus climate. The lead Title IX Coordinator evaluates requests for confidentiality by those who report or complain about Prohibited Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Sexual Harassment in the context of the University’s responsibility to provide a safe and welcoming campus environment for all students free from discrimination based on sex. The lead Title IX Coordinator is also responsible for effective implementation of any supportive measures or remedies for Prohibited Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Sexual Harassment, and for overseeing the University’s recordkeeping obligations under Title IX. All formal complaints of Prohibited Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Sexual Harassment shall be reviewed and addressed in accordance with the grievance process set forth in the University’s Title IX Sexual Harassment grievance procedures for Formal Complaints which are required to:

  1. Treat complainants and respondents equitably in all manners, including by providing remedies to a Title IX Complainant where a determination of responsibility for Title IX Sexual Harassment has been made against the respondent, and by following the grievance process before the imposition of any disciplinary sanctions or other actions that are not supportive measures against a Title IX respondent;
  2. Require an objective evaluation of all relevant evidence, including both inculpatory and exculpatory evidence, and provide that credibility determinations will not be based on a person’s status as a complainant, respondent, or witness;
  3. Require that any individual designated by the University as a Title IX Coordinator, investigator, decision-maker, or any person designated by the University to facilitate an informal resolution process: a) not have a conflict of interest or bias for or against complainants or respondents generally or an individual complainant or respondent; and b) receive training on the definition of sexual harassment, the scope of the University’s education program or activity, how to conduct an investigation and grievance process, and how to serve impartially;
  4. Require that any individual designated by the University as a decision-maker receive training on any technology to be used at a live hearing and on issues of relevance of questions and evidence;
  5. Require that any individual designated by the University as an investigator receive training on issues of relevance to create an investigative report that fairly summarizes relevant evidence.
  6. Include a presumption that the respondent is not responsible for the alleged conduct until a determination regarding responsibility is made at the conclusion of the grievance process;
  7. Include reasonably prompt timeframes for conclusion of the grievance process;
  8. Describe the range of possible disciplinary sanctions and remedies or list the possible disciplinary sanctions and remedies that the University may implement following any determination of responsibility;
  9. Base all decisions on the preponderance of the evidence standard;
  10. Include the procedures and permissible bases for the complainant and respondent to appeal.
  11. Describe the range of supportive measures available to complainants and respondents; and
  12. Not require, allow, rely upon, or otherwise use questions or evidence that constitutes or seeks disclosure of, information protected under a legally recognized privilege will be required, allowed, or relied on unless the person holding such privilege has waived the privilege.

A person should contact the lead Title IX Coordinator’s office to:

  1. seek information or training about rights and available actions to resolve reports or formal complaints involving potential sex discrimination, including Title IX Sexual Harassment and other Prohibited Sexual Misconduct;
  2. file a formal complaint or make a report of sex discrimination, including Title IX Sexual Harassment and other Prohibited Sexual Misconduct;
  3. obtain information about the availability of and for coordination of resources (including confidential resources) and supportive measures relating to sex discrimination, including Title IX Sexual Harassment and other Prohibited Sexual Misconduct;
  4. notify the University of an incident, policy, or procedure that may raise potential Title IX concerns; and
  5. ask questions about the University’s policies and procedures related to sex discrimination, including Title IX Sexual Harassment and other Prohibited Sexual Misconduct.

Title IX Office Staff

Jenna Cler
Assistant Director
616 E. Green Street, Suite 214
Champaign, IL 61820
(844) 616-7978
jcler@illinois.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

For Athletics

Sara Burton
Senior Associate Director of Athletics, Intercollegiate Athletics
1700 South Fourth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-3630
sarab4@illinois.edu

The Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics assists in compliance efforts regarding gender equity in athletics and in education around Title IX.