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Title IX

As a Catholic university sponsored by the Conference for Mercy Higher Education and 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 and gender.

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

View the Sexual Misconduct Resource pages.

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 they have 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)
  • Keith O'Neill
    Associate Dean of Students
    Title IX Coordinator
    Office: WAC L-103
    Phone: 773-298-3123
    Email: koneill@sxu.edu
  • Kenyan Alston
    Associate Director of Athletics
    Deputy Title IX Coordinator
    Office: Shannon Athletic Center
    Phone: 773-298-3101
    Email: alston@sxu.edu
  • Gerry Horan
    Director of Human Resources
    Deputy Title IX Coordinator
    Office: Human Resources Building
    Phone: 773-298-3450
    Email: ghoran@sxu.edu
  • Brian Hotzfield
    Associate Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success
    Deputy Title IX Coordinator
    Office: WAC A-226
    Phone: 773-298-3096
    Email: hotzfield@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. This report is immediately routed to the Office of the Dean of Students.