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Equity Compliance Office

The Equity Compliance Office affirms the University's commitment to promoting the goals of fairness and equity in all aspects of its operations. A primary assertion of both our religious and civil traditions is the inviolable dignity of each person.

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Notice of Nondiscrimination 

The University adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination in private institutions of higher education. The University of Dayton does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, genetic information, military status, veteran status, familial status or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, ordinance or regulation.  This includes protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any complaint process on campus or within the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ohio Civil Rights Commission or other human rights agencies, in the planning and administration of its admissions policies, educational programs, scholarships, loans, and other financial aid, athletic and other school-administered programs, services, and activities, or in employment.  Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a type of sex discrimination.

Statement regarding the TIX Regulations

University of Dayton community, 

In May of 2020, the U.S. Department of Education issued new regulations mandating how colleges and universities are required to investigate and adjudicate reports of sexual harassment under Title IX (including reports of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking). The new regulations require substantial changes to the ways in which colleges and universities respond to reports of sexual harassment, and the changes must be implemented by August 14, 2020.

While the new regulations require many changes, we want to assure you that the University remains committed to a process for investigating and resolving reports of sexual harassment that respects the dignity of all community members. Many features of the University’s previous policy and process will remain the same, including:

  • Our resolution processes will continue to use the "preponderance of the evidence" standard. 
  • Individuals may still obtain supportive measures (such as No Contact Orders, academic support, or housing changes) with or without participating in a formal investigation.
  • All University employees continue to be Mandatory Reporters except doctors, licensed mental health professionals, and clergy acting in that capacity.  

To comply with the regulations, the Equity Compliance Office revised the Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and created a new grievance process for investigating and resolving reports of sexual harassment that fall under the Title IX regulations. The Equity Compliance Office will now oversee two processes: the Sexual Harassment Resolution Process, which addresses conduct falling under the federal Title IX regulations; and the Equity Compliance Resolution Process, which addresses conduct falling outside the jurisdiction or scope of the federal Title IX regulations. 

The most significant aspects of the new Sexual Harassment Resolution Process include:

  • Live hearings with the option to participate from different locations via remote technology.
  • Cross examination conducted by the parties’ advisors. 
  • Students, faculty, and staff members who are parties in a Sexual Harassment Resolution Process will have access to trained university employees, who can serve as their advisor during the process. 
  • Parties who do not wish to participate in the formal resolution process may request to participate in a voluntary informal resolution. 

While the new regulations require many changes, we want to assure you that the University’s commitment to a process that respects the dignity of all community members remains the same. 

The Equity Compliance Office is open and available to answer any questions you may have. Any student, staff or faculty member with questions about the new regulations, the changes in policy and procedures, or the available support services for individuals impacted by harassment or discrimination, is encouraged to contact the Equity Compliance Office by phone (937-229-3622) or by email (equitycompliance@udayton.edu).

To review the Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy, the new Sexual Harassment Resolution Process, or the Equity Compliance Resolution Process, please click on the links on the right side of this page or click the links below.

Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy

Sexual Harassment Resolution Process 

Equity Compliance Resolution Process


Sincerely, 

The Equity Compliance Office Team


Kimberly Bakota
Executive Director for Equity Compliance
Title IX/Section 504 Coordinator 
Jordyn Baker
Assistant Director 
Training and Support Resources Coordinator
Tanya Pinkelton
Assistant Director of Investigations
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Tracy Ross
Equity Compliance Support Specialist
CONTACT

Equity Compliance Office - Room 300

St. Mary's Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1641
937-229-3622
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