Title IX Office

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Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments (Title IX) is a federal law that states:

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."

The University recognizes sexual misconduct as a problem in our society and has taken steps to address student and employee concerns, educate the campus community, and address, stop, and remedy reports of sexual harassment and misconduct.

If you have experienced misconduct or assault, please know that you are not alone and that there are resources available to support you.

Title IX prohibits sex and gender-based discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct in educational settings. Title IX applies in equal measure to academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic and other University programs.

Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators

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    Meet our Deputies

    Interim Title IX Coordinator Megan Novell is responsible for coordinating Detroit Mercy’s compliance with Title IX and associated regulations. The Title IX coordinator is supported by eight deputy coordinators including designated employees located in the School of Law, School of Dentistry, Athletics, Residence Life, and Student Life. The Title IX Coordinator and deputy coordinators are trained in numerous areas including prevention and awareness as well as investigation of alleged misconduct.

    Meet our deputies

    McNichols Campus

    Lanae Gill
    Director of Residence Life
    Room 110, Shiple Hall, McNichols Campus
    Email:  lanae.gill@udmercy.edu
    Phone:  313-993-1231

    Adam Hollman
    Assistant Director of Student Life-Programming
    Student Center, McNichols Campus
    Email:  hollmaap@udmercy.edu
    Phone:  313-993-1154

    Holly Kerstner
    Associate Athletics Director of Student-Athlete Services
    Calihan Hall
    Email:  kerstnhl@udmercy.edu
    Phone:  313-993-7323

    Alana Slaughter
    Associate Director of Human Resources
    Fisher Administration Center
    313-993-1445
    dillaral1@udmercy.edu

    Corktown Campus

    Adrianna Moreno
    Associate Director of Student Services
    Email: katsiman@udmercy.edu
    Phone: 313-494-6957

    Juliette Daniels
    Associate Dean of Student Services and Enrollment
    Room 470, Corktown Campus
    Email:  danieljc@udmercy.edu
    Phone:  313-494-6850

    Riverfront Campus

    Jordan Hall
    Diversity & Inclusion Director
    Email:  halljg@udmercy.edu
    Phone:  313-596-9848

    Megan Jennings
    Associate Dean, Student Affairs
    Room 131, Riverfront Campus
    Email:  jenninmf@udmercy.edu
    Phone:  313-596-0209

Detroit Mercy Resources

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    Crisis and Emergency Contacts

    Get immediate help

    If you have experienced sexual assault, any type of sexual violence (hook-up, dating, domestic, intimate partner violence), or stalking, or would like to make a report to help a friend, classmate or colleague, you may contact:

    Department of Public Safety — 313-993-1123 (emergency number)
    Department of Public Safety — 313-993-1234 (non-emergency number)

    For confidential counseling

    Wellness Center: 313-993-1459 or 313-993-1170

    Individual Counseling at the Dental School: 313-494-6938                            

    Additional supportive on-campus resources

    • Office of Residence Life – 313-993-1230 (NOT CONFIDENTIAL)
    • Dean of Student’s Office – 313-993-1028 (NOT CONFIDENTIAL)
    • University Ministry – 313-993-1560 (NOT CONFIDENTIAL)

    Note: The offices listed above respect and support student and employee privacy, but cannot maintain confidentiality based upon Title IX and related Federal laws.  

    Off-Campus resources

    Additional resources available for individuals who have experienced sexual assault, any type of sexual violence, or stalking, include:

    Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
    800-656-HOPE (4673)

    National Domestic Violence Hotline
    24-hour Crisis Line — 800-799-SAFE

    Wayne Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners Program
    313-430-8000

    HAVEN
    Toll Free Crisis Line — 877-922-1274

    Turning Point
    24 hour Crisis Line – 586-463-6990

    First Step
    24 hour Crisis Line — 888-453-5900

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    Gender Neutral Restrooms

    All-gender restrooms are available in the College of Health Professions, the Library, and the first floor of Shiple Hall.

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    Lactation Spaces

    The University provides a number of dedicated lactation spaces for students, employees, and visitors.  These spaces are in the following locations.

    McNichols Campus

    • Library, first floor
    • College of Health Professions, second floor
    • Student Union, lower level (coming Winter 2022)

    Corktown Campus (Dental)

    • Room 458

    Riverfront Campus (Law)

    • Room 304
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    Education and Training

    All entering students and employees are required to complete an online module with our partner, Get Inclusive. These online trainings are intended to establish a shared understanding of sexual harassment and misconduct as well as to inform members of the University community of the ways they may respond to sex- and gender-based harassment, including information about reporting.

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    Policies and Syllabus Statements

    Pregnant and Parenting Students Policy

    University of Detroit Mercy (Detroit Mercy) is committed to creating and maintaining a community where all individuals enjoy freedom from discrimination on the basis of sex. Under the Department of Education’s Title IX regulations, an institution that receives federal funding “shall not discriminate against any student, or exclude any student from its education program or activity, including any class or extracurricular activity, on the basis of such student’s pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery therefrom.”

    This policy seeks to ensure the protection and equal treatment of pregnant individuals, persons with pregnancy-related conditions, and new parents. This policy is inclusive of birth, foster, and adoptive parents of all genders and applies to all aspects of Detroit Mercy’s programs, including, but not limited to, admissions, educational programs and activities, extracurricular activities, hiring, leave policies, employment, and health insurance coverage.

    Students are encouraged to work with their faculty members and Detroit Mercy’s support systems to devise a plan for how best to address the conditions as pregnancy progresses, anticipate the need for leaves, minimize the academic impact of their absence, and get back on track as efficiently as possible. Arranging reasonable accommodations related to pregnancy and parenting is an interactive process, and the Title IX Coordinator will assist with plan development and implementation as needed. In general, pregnant and parenting students should be treated in the same manner as students experiencing a temporary disability. Any member of the Detroit Mercy community with questions or concerns about policies affecting pregnant or parenting students may contact the Interim Title IX Coordinator, Megan Novell, at (313) 993-1802 or novellme@udmercy.edu.

    Title IX Syllabus Statement:

    Title IX: Sexual violence and sexual harassment are contrary to our core values and have no place at the University of Detroit Mercy. In accordance with Title IX and related laws, Detroit Mercy prohibits sex and gender-based discrimination including discrimination toward pregnant/parenting students. If you experience sexual violence or sexual harassment that limits your ability to participate in this course or any other Detroit Mercy program or activity, there are resources and options available. Please be aware that I am not a confidential resource, and that I will need to disclose alleged incidents of sex or gender-based discrimination to the university’s Office of Title IX. You may also contact Megan Novell, the Interim Title IX Coordinator, directly by calling 313.993.1802 or emailing titleix@udmercy.edu to learn about supportive measures and options that are available to students alleging or alleged to have engaged in sex or gender-based discrimination.