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

Role of the Title IX Coordinator

The Lead Title IX Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the University's efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX"), which prohibits sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct, 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 oversees the University's response to all reports and complaints of sexual misconduct to monitor outcomes, identify and address any patterns or systemic problems, and to assess their effects on the campus climate. The Lead Title IX Coordinator also evaluates requests for confidentiality by those who report or complain about sexual misconduct in the context of the University's responsibility to provide safe and welcoming campus environment for all students free from discrimination based on sex. Following a report or complaint of sexual misconduct, the University is required to conduct an adequate, reliable, impartial, equitable, and prompt investigation, including:

  1. determining whether the report or complaint alleges conduct that may, upon further investigation, constitute prohibited sexual misconduct;
  2. appointing an investigative team to conduct that investigation;
  3. determining whether reports and complaints are handled properly in a prompt and timely manner;
  4. informing all parties regarding the disciplinary process;
  5. confirming that all parties have been notified of a decision and the right to, and procedures for, an appeal, if applicable;
  6. maintaining information and documentation related to the investigation in a secure manner, consistent with the University's obligations to disclose information as required by law; and
  7. monitoring compliance with timeframes set forth in the applicable procedures.

A person should contact the Lead Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator to:

  1. seek information or training about rights and available actions to resolve reports or complaints involving potential sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct;
  2. file a complaint or make a report of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct;
  3. notify the University of an incident, policy or procedure that may raise potential Title IX concerns;
  4. get information about available resources (including confidential resources) and support services relating to sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct; and
  5. ask questions about the University's policies and procedures related to sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct.

Title IX Office Staff

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

Hope Farney
Operations and Business Manager
616 E. Green Street, Suite 214
Champaign, IL 61820
(844) 616-7978

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

For Students

Justin Brown
Associate Dean of Students and Director for Student Conflict Resolution
345 Turner Student Services Building
610 East John Street
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-3680

The Office for Student Conflict Resolution is responsible for investigating and adjudicating allegations of sexual misconduct against students and issuing no contact directives.

For Faculty/Staff

Heidi Johnson
Director, Office for Access & Equity
616 E. Green Street, Suite 214
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-0885

The Office for Access & Equity is responsible for investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against employees and providing accommodations for employees.

For Athletics

Maria Ochoa Woods
Senior Associate Director of Athletics, Intercollegiate Athletics
1700 South Fourth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-3630

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