As part of an initiative to restructure university work on cases involving conduct, equity and Title IX — a law preventing discrimination in schools based on sex — Loyola has formed a new Office for Equity and Compliance, officials announced Tuesday.
The office was established Jan. 2 with plans to be fully operational in the fall of 2019, according to an email sent to the community on behalf of Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney and Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer Winifred Williams. The office is also reviewing and updating university policies and procedures, the email said.
“The ultimate objective is to work toward prevention and address instances of sexual harassment, sexual violence, hate conduct, and discrimination wherever they may arise,” the email read.
The email also announced Tim Love — former associate dean of students and former director of the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution — who’s been serving as interim Title IX coordinator, has become executive director for equity and compliance and the new Title IX coordinator.
Recently, the Department of Education proposed a set of federal regulations which may change how schools are required to address Title IX-related concerns. Some of the proposed rules have been criticized, as they could make schools less liable in responding to incidents and introduce new, potentially traumatic methods of resolution among other measures, The Phoenix previously reported.
After the proposed changes were announced, they went through a public comment period — which ended Jan. 28 — when people could submit their thoughts and concerns about the rules to the Department of Education. Love prepared and submitted Loyola’s public comment response to these changes, according to the email.
The office will employ three new, full-time investigators to work alongside Title IX Deputy Coordinator Courtney Bilbrey, all under the supervision of Love.
The office will report to the vice president of human resources and the chief diversity and inclusion officer in order to be more consistent with how investigations are conducted at all of Loyola’s campuses, according to the email.
University spokesperson Evangeline Politis declined to comment further.