Office of Human Resources


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 Coordinator

Title IX Coordinator
Graciela Dufour
Associate Vice President for Human Resources
Learning Resource Center 304, Unit 291
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 836-5548
Title IX Deputy Coordinators

Title IX Deputy Coordinators
Lori Misheck

Director of Human Resources
Learning Resource Center 306B, Unit 291
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 836-5272

Title IX Deputy Coordinators
Courtney Schmitz
Associate Director of Academic Support Services/Athletics Specialist
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 836-5592

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.

Faculty Title IX Resources

Commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity

Lewis University is an equal opportunity employer. Decisions regarding hiring, promotion, termination, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, training, discipline, and all other decisions regarding the terms and conditions of employment will be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, marital status, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, disability, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state or local laws which is unrelated to the ability to perform the job or which can be reasonably accommodated.