Loyola University Maryland

Title IX

A Message Regarding Loyola's Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response - June 29, 2020

June 29, 2020

We hear and acknowledge the stories of survivors of sexual violence. Loyola is committed to working with the campus community to support those who have experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault, or other forms of sexual misconduct, including dating and domestic violence and stalking. We take these incidents extremely seriously, recognizing the pain and trauma of survivors of harassment, discrimination, sexual assault, and all forms of sexual misconduct.

Loyola is continuously undertaking efforts to review and improve our approach to sexual misconduct prevention and response. During the summer, we are undergoing a comprehensive review of our policies and procedures in light of the new Title IX regulations that become effective on Aug. 14. We also will be taking the following steps:

  • Increase education and awareness programming on the prevention of sexual violence and the resources and reporting options;
  • Enhance training offerings for “responsible employees,” who help connect students who have experienced sexual misconduct with measures for assistance, including reporting options both on and off campus;
  • Update training for hearing panels of sexual misconduct incidents in the grievance processes through a partnership with the Student Conduct Institute;
  • Update the bystander intervention training that is mandatory for all first-year students and will be open to all students that includes proactive steps to intervene and help prevent sexual violence;
  • Provide ongoing training for Public Safety officers, who are most often the first responders to incidents that may occur on campus; and
  • Inform the campus community of the changes to the investigation and adjudication processes for sexual misconduct incidents as a result of the new Title IX regulations. Although the regulations have changed, be assured that Loyola will continue to apply the preponderance of evidence standard while adjudicating incidents. We believe that this standard, which is consistently used in adjudicating civil rights claims, is the only equitable standard.
  • We are committed to fostering an environment where students feel comfortable coming forward. We want to ensure that students have the information to make informed decisions about their health, safety, reporting options, and grievance processes involving sexual misconduct incidents.

    Loyola’s sexual harassment policies continue to apply even during online-only learning. Harassment, discrimination, or any act of sexual misconduct that occurs within a program or activity of the University, including online instruction, is subject to University policies.

    It is important for every person to know their rights and resources. If you experience sexual misconduct, whether harassment, assault, or any act of violence, we will take your report seriously. If you are reporting a sexual assault, free legal help may be available through the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Attached is the notice of rights and options that we update each year. We are currently working on updating Loyola policies based on the new regulations. Meanwhile, the current harassment and discrimination policy remains in effect.

    We invite you to contact us if you have ideas or concerns, by completing this form found at https://www.loyola.edu/department/title-ix/feedback. You may also contact Melissa Lees, sexual violence prevention, education, and response coordinator, who is a confidential resource, at mklees@loyola.edu. An online reporting form to report incidents of sexual misconduct is also available. Anonymous reports can also be submitted on this form, but the University’s ability to investigate or act upon anonymous reports may be limited. Finally, we are available to speak with any student or community member who would like to share their experiences, concerns, or report an incident of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or other forms of sexual misconduct. Please know that we are ready to listen, care about you, and are prepared to assist and support you.

    Sincerely,

    Katsura Kurita
    Assistant Vice President Student Development and Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students
    kkurita@loyola.edu
    410-617-5646

    Kathleen Parnell
    Associate Vice President Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator
    kmparnell@loyola.edu
    410-617-1350 or 410-617-2354

Online Reporting

Loyola does not tolerate any kind of gender based discrimination and harassment, which includes, but is not limited to, sexual assault, sexual harassment and gender-based harassment. Anyone who believes they have been victim of sexual assault, dating violence, relationship violence, sexual exploitation, stalking, sexual harassment, or gender based discrimination is encouraged to report these incidents through the secure online reporting form below.

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"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..." - Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)

As a campus community we are committed to education, training, and services that encourage healthy, safe and respectful relationships. At Loyola, we go beyond compliance with federal laws around gender-based violence, and we aspire to provide an environment that is rooted in our Jesuit traditions of justice and respect for others.   Loyola University Maryland is committed to providing an environment free from sex-based discrimination and harassment. Loyola does not tolerate any kind of gender-based discrimination and harassment, which includes sexual assault, sexual harassment and gender-based harassment. Loyola complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education programs and activities.

Anyone who believes they have been subjected to gender-based discrimination or harassment is encouraged to report these incidents to the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Coordinator or any University official immediately.  Loyola University Maryland will take steps to investigate, eliminate and remediate any form of discrimination or harassment. As a reminder, all faculty, staff and administrators who are made aware of an allegation of gender-based discrimination or harassment are expected to report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator and/or Deputy Coordinators.  Certain employees who are serving in a privileged professional capacity (e.g., mental health counselors, nurses and doctors, or clergy acting in a spiritual capacity) are not bound by this expectation, except as required by law.

For general questions about Title IX at Loyola University Maryland, email TitleIX@loyola.edu.

Title IX Coordinator (for the university)
Kathleen Parnell
Associate Vice President for Human Resources
410-617-1350
kmparnell@loyola.edu     

Deputy Coordinator (for students)
Katsura Kurita
Assistant Vice President for Student Development
410-617-5646
kkurita@loyola.edu

Deputy Coordinator (for faculty, staff and administrators)
Karen Feeley
Director of Employee Engagment 
410-617-1345
kafeeley@loyola.edu

Deputy Coordinator (for public safety and crimes)
Adrian Black
Director for Public Safety  
410-617-2863
abblack@loyola.edu