DePaul University Newsline > Sections > Campus and Community > Update on Deptartment of Education's Title IX policy changes
By Office of Gender Equity /
August 28, 2020 /
Posted in: CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY /
Title IX now mandates that certain procedures be utilized for hearings involving conduct prohibited by the Violence Against Women Act, such as stalking, domestic violence, dating violence and sexual assault, as well as "quid pro quo" harassment by employees and harassment that is severe, pervasive and objectively offensive. Over the summer,
DePaul's Office of Gender Equity worked alongside Human Resources, Academic Affairs, the Dean of Students Office and the Office of General Counsel to develop the interim Formal Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures. The name derives from the DOE's use of the term “harassment" to encompass many forms of sex-based misconduct.
“The team that met over the summer gathered against the backdrop of and within the limitations imposed by COVID-19," says Vice President for Student Affairs Eugene Zdziarski. “Yet they still managed to create a comprehensive, considered, stand-alone policy that reflects DePaul's commitment to providing an environment that is free from all forms of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, while fostering a culture of respect and safety and implementing best practices."
Although the Title IX regulations mandated an implementation date prior to the start of the academic year, the new 22-page policy will go through DePaul's formal review process in the coming months, including a presentation to the Policy Review Group and revisions based on faculty, staff and student feedback.
The interim policy, which is now available to the DePaul community, reflects new procedures that must be utilized by schools, as well as a continuing commitment to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment. The policy includes:
Please know that creating and fostering an environment where everyone is respected and safe still remains one of DePaul's top priorities. For any questions, concerns or feedback during this time, please email the Office of Gender Equity at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312) 362-8970.