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Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Response and Prevention

As a Catholic university sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Xavier affirms the basic human dignity of all persons, including the right to be free from harassment and discrimination on the basis of sex or gender. In support of this fundamental belief, and in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the University prohibits discrimination in all educational programs and activities on the basis of sex.

Programs and activities under Title IX include academic programs, admissions, athletics, financial aid, housing, career services, counseling and health services, student activities and employment.

View or print the full Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy (PDF).

What Does Title IX Cover?

Title IX prohibits:

  • Sex or gender discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual violence
  • Retaliation for filing a complaint

Examples of prohibited behavior include:

  • Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature
  • Physical assault or coerced sexual activity
  • Pressure or demand for sexual favors
  • Obscene phone calls, gestures, texts or email

How Do I File a Complaint?

Any student who believes he or she has been subjected to any of the above behaviors from another student, faculty or staff member, or third party affiliated with SXU may contact:

  • Any Responsible University Employee
  • The Office of Public Safety (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year)
  • Samantha Maher Sheahan
    Associate Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator
    Office of the Dean of Students
    Office: WAC L-103
    Phone: 773-298-3123
    Email: mahersheahan@sxu.edu
  • Gerry Horan
    Director of Human Resources
    Deputy Title IX Coordinator
    Office: Human Resources Building
    Phone: 773-298-3450
    Email: ghoran@sxu.edu
  • Allison Kern
    Director of Athletics
    Deputy Title IX Coordinator
    Office: Shannon Athletic Center
    Phone: 773-298-3109
    Email: kern@sxu.edu
  • Katy Thompson
    Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life
    Deputy Title IX Coordinator
    Office: WAC L-208
    Phone: 773-298-3977
    Email: thompson@sxu.edu

Or complete a Sexual Misconduct Report.