Title IX Information

DeVry University’s (University) community, guests and visitors have the right to be free from all forms of sex and gender-based misconduct, discrimination and retaliation, examples of which can include acts of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe on the rights of others.

As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, the University is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that all of its education programs and activities do not discriminate on the basis of sex and gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The University’s policies and procedures were created to comply with federal and state laws, and to ensure a fair, prompt, and impartial process for all parties involved in a sexual misconduct allegation. Any acts that meet this policy’s definitions of Sexual Misconduct or Title IX Sexual Harassment are a violation of the University’s Policy, and potentially applicable state and federal law.

The University’s Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policy (Policy) applies to all members of the University’s community, including administrators, faculty, staff, students, applicants, visitors, volunteers, vendors, contractors, guests, and persons attempting to participate in the University’s programs and activities. The Policy prohibits sexual harassment meeting specific definitions according to the Title IX regulations, as well as other Sexual Misconduct, not falling under specific Title IX regulatory definitions.

Find out more about the Title IX Information available to you.

Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator oversees compliance with all aspects of University’s Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policy (Policy) and is designated to receive and investigate alleged violations of the Policy. The Title IX Coordinator’s responsibilities include the report intake, investigation, resolution, and implementation of supportive measures to stop, remedy, and prevent conduct prohibited under this policy. The Title IX Coordinator will carry out responsibilities free from bias and conflicts of interest and reports directly to the Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs.

Paul Herbst
Title IX Coordinator
1200 E. Diehl Road
Naperville, IL 60563
TitleIX@devry.edu
630-960-8019

Barbara Bickett
Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs
Barbara.Bickett@devry.edu
630-515-5852

Campus Administration

Alleged violations of the Policy can be reported to any University colleague. All University colleagues are required to immediately provide all information received about any actual or suspected Sexual Misconduct and/or Title IX Sexual Harassment impacting any member of the University Community to the Title IX Coordinator. A list of campus complaint and conduct administrations can be found in the Student Handbook.

Online Reporting

The University offers an online reporting system managed by a third party vendor, NAVEX Global, Inc., which encourages members of the University community to come forward with questions or concerns, including allegations of sexual misconduct. Reports can be made anonymously or individuals may disclose their contact information. The University will investigate all reports, but the use of anonymous reporting may limit University’s ability to conduct a full investigation. Online reports can be made here.

DeVry offers mental health counseling services through third parties. Students may seek support through ASPIRE at 888-470-1531 or via info@myASPIREonline.com and colleagues may seek support 24 hours a day, seven days a week through United Health Care’s Colleague Assistance Program at 866-248-4096 or www.liveandworkwell.com. Any individual may access national and community resources with services including, but not limited to, counseling, medical attention, crisis intervention, and legal assistance.

National Organizations

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)  
800-656-4673
https://www.rainn.org/
RAINN is one the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organizations and created the National Sexual Assault Hotline.  RAINN operates the hotline in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country.

1in6    
https://1in6.org/helpline/
1in6’s mission is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier and happier lives, and to help their loved ones by providing additional support, information, and resources. 1in6 has partnered with RAINN to provide a helpline.

National Domestic Violence Hotline  
800-799-7233
https://www.thehotline.org/
The confidential and free of cost hotline is available 24/7 to callers.  The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse.  The organization offers referral services in more than 200 languages.

VictimConnect Resource Center    
855-484-2846
https://victimconnect.org/
The VictimConnect Resources Center is a referral helpline where crime victims can learn about their rights and options confidentially.  The organization serves victims of crime in the United States and will refer victims to the most appropriate local or national resources based on their experience and needs.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline    
800-273-8255
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Loveisrespect
https://www.loveisrespect.org/
Loveisrespect engages, educates and empowers young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.  The organization offers support, information and advocacy to young people who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships.  Free and confidential phone, live chat and texting services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Local Organizations

DeVry University’s Annual Disclosures contain contact information on organizations located near each campus and center. The Title IX Coordinator can also be contacted for a list of local resources and may assist in locating alternative resources when someone is not located near a campus.

Upon receipt of a formal complaint or report of an alleged violation of this policy, the Title IX Coordinator will conduct an initial assessment of the matter and determine next steps to take. The Title IX Coordinator will contact the Complainant to offer supportive measures, describe the investigation and grievance processes, and explain how to file a formal complaint, if a formal complaint was not filed. The following determinations will be included in the initial assessment:

  • If the report alleges conduct that would, if true, meet the Title IX definition of sexual harassment and the Complainant filed a formal complaint, the Title IX Coordinator will initiate an investigation using the Title IX grievance process.
  • If the report alleges conduct that would not, if true, meet the Title IX definition of Sexual Harassment or fall within the scope of Title IX Sexual Harassment, but constituted other prohibited conduct within the Policy, the Title IX Coordinator will close the matter under the Title IX Sexual Harassment grievance process and may initiate an investigation using the Sexual Misconduct grievance process.
  • If the report alleges conduct that would not, if true, rise to the level of Title IX Sexual Harassment or Sexual Misconduct as prohibited by this policy, the Title IX Coordinator will dismiss the report, but may have educational meetings with the parties, as appropriate, or refer to other University offices, as appropriate.

The Complainant reserves the right to, or not to, initiate an investigation and grievance process. In the event the Complainant requests that an investigation not occur, the request will be honored when possible and unless the University determines in good faith that failure to investigate creates a potential risk of harm to the Complainant or other members of the community. Regardless, the Complainant will be offered supportive measures. If an investigation is initiated, one of two grievance processes will be used to resolve the complaint. Title IX dictates a specific grievance process that must be followed if the alleged conduct meets the Title IX definition of sexual harassment. Information on each grievance process is located in the University’s Policy.

DeVry University is committed to creating a community where all individuals enjoy freedom from discrimination on the basis of sex, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). Sex discrimination includes discrimination based on childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, and recovery from these conditions.

The University provides the same accommodations to a pregnant/parenting student that it provides to a student with a temporary medical condition. Support is provided for pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, and recovery from these conditions. A student who foresees any educational issues related to a pregnancy is encouraged to notify the Title IX Coordinator as soon as possible.

The choice to declare a pregnancy is voluntary. By doing so, the student and the Title IX Coordinator can collaborate and develop an appropriate plan for the continuation of the student’s education in light of the unique nature of the University’s programs, as well as particular challenges the student may face while pregnant or when recovering from childbirth. The University’s Title IX Coordinator will partner with the Office of Student Disability Services to implement services and support. Additional information on Title IX and Pregnancy can be found on the Department of Education’s website.

DeVry University’s Title IX team receives ongoing training through professional organizations and in-house trainings. Pursuant to federal regulations, DeVry University is making the following information available.

Professional Organizations

Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA)
https://atixa.org/2020-regulations-requirement-posting-of-training-materials/

ATIXA Coordinator One Training (2018)
ATIXA Coordinator One Training (2020)
ATIXA Investigator Two Training (2020)

ATIXA 20 Minutes to…Trained Videos:

  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Stalking
  • Understanding Sexual Violence
  • Self-Care for Title IX Coordinators