Title IX

Policy Against Sex-Based Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Assault and Misconduct, Other Forms of Sexual Violence, Dating and Domestic Violence and Stalking

Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination in education. This policy addresses the University’s responsibilities under Title IX and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act (110 ILCS 115/1), and other applicable state and federal laws. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (gender) in educational programs and activities and programs that receive federal assistance.  Similarly, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 section 304 requires that universities have procedures in place to respond to matters of sexual assault, relationship (dating) violence and stalking.  In administering its affairs, the Benedictine University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, military or veteran status, marital status, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.   The laws applicable to Benedictine University include constitutional and statutory protections of the University’s rights as a religiously sponsored institution.


This policy establishes procedures for reporting and responding to incidents of sexual misconduct; and sets forth available resources to individuals reporting sexual misconduct; and for individuals accused or responding to allegations of sexual misconduct.

Title IX Addendum: Responsibilities and Expectations of the Parties and Witnesses

Lisle Campus Resources and Referral Options

Mesa Campus Resources and Referral Options

Title IX Training: 

Benedictine University’s Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator are participating in the new comprehensive training provided by the National Association of College and University Attorneys

Other Benedictine University Title IX personnel, including the investigators, facilitators, adjudicator and appellate officers have received the following training: Training Reference Materials

Important Policies:

Faculty Handbook
Employee Handbook

Helpful Sites:



To report discrimination or harassment contact Benedictine University's Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator:

  • Tammy Sarver
    Title IX Coordinator
    Professor, Political Science
    5700 College Rd.
    Lisle, IL 60532

  • Julie Cowgill
    Deputy Title IX Coordinator
    225 E. Main Street, Gillett Hall
    Mesa, AZ 85201

You may also contact the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-4544, Tel: (312) 730-1560, TDD: (877) 521-2172), Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov).

Title IX Statement
It is the policy of Benedictine University to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on sex (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) in the University’s educational program or activity, employment, and admissions. Title IX also prohibits retaliation for asserting or otherwise participating in or refusing to participate in the investigation of claims of sex discrimination. If you have any questions contact Dr. Tammy Sarver, Title IX Coordinator, Scholl Hall 228L; 630-829-6473; (tsarver@ben.edu), or in Arizona, Dr. Julie Cowgill, Gillett Hall 230; 480-878-6703; (jcowgill@ben.edu), Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Additional information about reporting sexual harassment on campus and Title IX can be found at www.ben.edu/compliance/title-ix.cfm.

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