The Title IX office is based on the Education Amendments of 1971. The federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender and covers offenses such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating violence and stalking.
As reported in The Phoenix earlier this year, data shows that sexual assault still remains a major issue at Loyola. There have been more than 34 cases of gender-based misconduct between July 1 and Sept. 15 of this year, according to data provided by the Title IX office.
- As chair of the Behavioral Concerns Team, Love works with students who demonstrate signs or behaviors that cause concern for their own safety or the safety of others.
- Takes a broad look at what issues may be related to these behaviors such as signs of distress, personal conflicts, academic affairs and mental illness.
- Offers to meet with survivors of sexual assault to discuss their options, such as criminal charges, going through the formal conduct system, emergency housing, academic changes and no contact directives.
- Follows up on allegations of sexual assault brought up by both identified and anonymous reporters. Investigators meet with witnesses, gather photo and video evidence and any related material, and create a report to be submitted to a hearing panel.
- A board of three, chaired by an OSCCR staff member, meets with both parties to give them a chance to respond. Both sides can be given accommodations so they may participate with anonymity. From this hearing, the board decides if the incident constitutes a violation and if sanctions should be held.
- Harvey has formulated the policies, procedures and structure of the Title IX office, since its creation in July 2012. Her goals are to make sure the investigation is clear.
- Plays several roles in the Title IX office. As a case manager for Title IX incidences involving students, part of her job is to be a trained individual who students can approach with their concerns. She also ensures the credibility of all reports submitted to Title IX office and performs threat assessments of situations.
- Sees that students’ rights of safety and access to education under Title IX are fulfilled. This means she can enact temporary safety measures for students, even if they do not submit a formal complaint. These options include emergency housing, contacting faculty to ask for extensions on their academics or a temporary 30-day no contact directive if the person is a Loyola student.
- Welcomes student input for bringing fresh ideas on how to engage students on conversations on consent, policy needs and sex, specifically for returning students.
- Advises that students who know survivors of sexual assault ask what the survivor needs and follow the survivors’ lead in the matter.