Office of Human Resources

Compliance

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. 

Title IX Coordinator

Graciela Dufour
Associate Vice President for Human Resources
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 836-5548
dufourgr@lewisu.edu

Duties and Responsibilities: Monitoring and oversight of overall implementation of Title IX Compliance at the University, including coordination of training, education, communications, and administration of grievance procedures for faculty, staff, students and other members of the University community. 

Title IX Deputy Coordinators

For students:

Mujahid Mushtaq Choudhary
Director of Residence Life
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 836-5960
choudhmu@lewisu.edu

If you have a complaint against a Lewis University student for sexual harassment, sex discrimination, or sexual assault, you should contact the the Deputy Coordinator in Student Services.

The Deputy Coordinator is responsible for Title IX compliance for matters involving students, including training, education, communication, and administration of the grievance procedure for all complaints against Lewis University students.

For faculty, staff and visitors:

Lori Misheck
Director of Human Resources
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 836-5272
misheclo@lewisu.edu

If you have a complaint against a Lewis University faculty or staff member or visitor for sexual harassment, sex discrimination, or sexual assault, you should contact the Deputy Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources.

The Deputy Coordinator is responsible for Title IX compliance for matters involving faculty and staff, including training, education, communication, and administration of the grievance procedure for all complaints against faculty, staff and visitors, including those complaints filed by students.  

For Athletics:

Courtney Schmitz
Associate Director of Academic Support Services/Athletics Specialist
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 836-5592
schmitco@lewisu.edu

Dr. Nancy Workman
Faculty Athletics Representative
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 836-5386
workmana@lewisu.edu

Complaints against Lewis University Students and Employees in Athletics
If you have a complaint against a Lewis University student, coach or administrator for sexual harassment, sex discrimination, or sexual assault, you may contact one of the offices listed above, or you may contact the Title IX Coordinator, who will facilitate the handling of the complaint with the appropriate office.

Gender Equity in Athletics
If you have a complaint about gender equity in Lewis University athletics programs, you should contact the Director of Athletics and the Title IX Coordinator, who is responsible for Title IX Compliance in matters related to gender equity in Lewis University athletics programs.

Featured Personalities of Title IX

  • Dr. Amanda Harsy Ramsay

    "If you have interest in a STEM field, you should definitely pursue it. Don’t force a STEM major, be willing to change paths if it isn’t what you want."

    I constantly remind myself that my worth is not determined by how high I climb up the academic ladder. There is so much more to my life. Keeping this in perspective and doing my best to keep a good balance between my work life and home life, helps me to persevere.
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  • Dr. Dana Dominiak

    "Do what you love. When you do what you love, it's not work."

    People should choose to do what they love. If they happen to love science, they are lucky because now STEM careers are in demand and jobs pay very well. There is also a national push to get more women into STEM fields, so young women today will have vast opportunity beyond any women in history.
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  • Dr. Cynthia Misischia

    "The only truly ‘closed’ door is the one you choose not to open."

    In many of the sciences, there is a growing field of opportunity for women to become involved. In criminal investigations, having a female perspective in behavior and victimology may provide insights into the investigative process that a strictly male point-of-view might overlook.
    [More]

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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.