Title IX at Lewis

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A Title IX investigation begins when the Title IX Coordinator and/or Title IX Deputy Coordinator receive a report that may violate Title IX law.

What does a Title IX investigation look like at Lewis University?

Lewis takes immediate steps to investigate all reported allegations of sexual misconduct and ensure the safety of complainants. Once Lewis University Officials are made aware of any violation of Title IX, an investigation into the incident is required. The designated Title IX investigator will begin contacting all individuals involved and gathering information about the incident. Throughout the process the Title IX investigator will be in contact and have meetings with all persons involved including possible witnesses. During the course of the investigation Lewis may seek to take interim measures that may include but are not limited to: on-campus housing relocation and No Contact orders. Once the information has been collected there will be a judicial board hearing to determine one of the following

  • The case will be closed as there was not efficient evidence to find the alleged respondent in violation of sexual misconduct policy
  • Or, there was enough evidence to find the alleged respondent in violation of the sexual misconduct policy
Your rights as the alleged complainant include but are not limited to:
  • You have the right to an investigation and appropriate resolution of all credible complaints of sexual misconduct made in good faith to Lewis
  • You have the right to be treated with respect by Lewis officials
  • Your have the right both accuser and accused to have the same opportunity to have others present (in support or advocacy roles) during the hearing
  • You have the right to not be discouraged by Lewis from reporting an assault to both on-campus and off-campus authorities
  • The right to be informed of the outcome and sanction of any disciplinary hearing involving the sexual misconduct
  • You have the right to changing academic and living situations after an alleged sexual assault incident
  • You have the right to a campus no-contact against another student who has engaged in any improper behavior that presents a danger to the welfare for the complaining student
  • You have the right to appeal the findings of the judicial board
  • You have the right to be informed of the judicial board procedures as well as the extent and mature of the alleged violation

In a sexual misconduct case, it is the University’s duty to balance privacy for the complainant and the “public’s right to know.” In this balance, maintaining the complainant’s privacy is paramount. Any release of information about an alleged violation of the sexual misconduct policy will not include personally identifying information about the complainant without permission.

Other things to know

An investigation at Lewis University may look different depending on the location (on-campus vs. off-campus) of the sexual misconduct and the enrollment status of the student and/or alleged respondent.

While prompt reporting is helpful, delays in reporting are common, and Lewis University has no explicit time limit on reporting, as long as the accused student is still enrolled. Below are some things to note:

  • If an assault is committed on campus by a non-student, local police and the Dean of Student Services should be notified.
  • If an assault occurs off campus, the local police in that jurisdiction should be notified. However, an on-campus complaint may also be filed for off campus conduct between current Lewis students.

Should a sexual offense occur on campus and the student was assaulted by another Lewis student, disciplinary action may follow should the complainant file a University complaint. The University may also decide to take action even if the complainant does not file a complaint with the university or press criminal charges.

This is a brief summary of the Lewis University Title IX investigation and judicial process.

Lewis University Title IX Coordinators
TITLE IX COORDINATOR

Title IX Deputy Coordinators
Dr. DeSean E. Coleman
Assistant Dean of Student Services & Title IX Coordinator
Learning Resource Center LR G-28B
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 836-5597
titleixcoordinator@lewisu.edu
dcoleman5@lewisu.edu

TITLE IX DEPUTY COORDINATORS

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

Title IX Deputy Coordinators
Jennifer Janczyk
Head Athletic Trainer
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 836-5614
janczaje@lewisu.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinators
Dr. Kristi Kelly
Vice President for Diversity and Associate Provost for Student Engagement, Equity and Inclusion
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 836-5538
kellykj@lewisu.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinators
Lori Misheck
Director of Human Resources
Learning Resource Center 306B, Unit 291
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 836-5272
misheclo@lewisu.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinators
Mark Swain
Faculty Academic Rep/Professor of Arts & Design
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 836-5083
swainma@lewisu.edu

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.