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Title IX- Informal Resolution Options



Informal Resolution Options

When an incident arises in which a person believes that they have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and/or retaliation as defined in this policy, it should be addressed as soon as possible. It is important for the College to have the opportunity to stop the behaviors that are being experienced as discrimination, harassment, and/or sexual misconduct and prevent their recurrence before a hostile environment is created. Informal actions can be an effective avenue to resolve issues early on before they escalate. In many cases, informal actions can be taken that will effectively stop the behavior or actions; however, informal resolution is never required to resolve a concern.

If the attempts made by the reporting party do not stop the misconduct, or if the reporting party does not feel that they can confront the individual engaging in the conduct or needs help in the process, then contact with the following individuals may be made:

  • If the responding party is a student:
    • Assistant Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Rebecca Gordon, (630) 637-5340
    • Assistant Vice Presidents in the Office of Student Affairs: Jeremy Gudauskas, (630) 637-5147 & Kevin McCarthy, (630) 637-5152
    • Director of Campus Safety: Ashley Klco, (630) 637-5912
    • Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Multicultural Affairs: Dorothy Pleas, (630) 637-5156.
  • If the responding party is a faculty member
    • Assistant Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Rebecca Gordon, (630) 637-5340
    • Assistant Provost and Director of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning: Peter Barger, (630) 637-5362 
    • Dean of College of Arts and Sciences: Stephen Caliendo, (630) 637-5344
    • Director of Human Resources: Sharon Merrill, (630) 637-5718
    • Assistant Vice President for Human Resources: Mary Spreitzer, (630) 637-5754
    • Director of Human Resources: Sharon Merrill, (630) 637-5718
  • If the responding party is a member of the administration, staff, group/program, or a third-party consultant/contractor:
    • Assistant Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Rebecca Gordon, (630) 637-5340
    • Director of Human Resources: Sharon Merrill, (630) 637-5718
    • Assistant Vice President for Human Resources: Mary Spreitzer, (630) 637-5754

At the reporting party’s request, the Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion may intervene directly with the party who allegedly engaged in the conduct. In this case, the Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will typically enlist the assistance of Human Resources and/or, supervisor, department chair, Dean or Provost to meet with the other party who allegedly engaged in the conduct to provide feedback about the impact the incident had on the reporting party. This provides an opportunity for the party who allegedly engaged in the conduct to respond to the allegation, gain awareness about the impact of their behavior, and to modify their future interactions. After discussions with both parties, further attempt may be made to facilitate a solution, through facilitating a conversation, apology, or written agreement between the parties. The Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will make every effort to resolve informal allegations in a timely manner.

For more information, please refer to the policy, Section 3C: Policy (PDF)