TITLE IX COORDINATOR/TEAM

Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator Responsibilities:  All educational institutions receiving federal financial assistance must designate at least one employee to coordinate their efforts to comply with and carry out their responsibilities under Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 which prohibits sex discrimination in education programs and activities. These designated employees are generally referred to as Title IX coordinators and/or Title IX deputy coordinators.

 The following people have been designated as the Title IX Coordinator and Title IX Deputy Coordinators:

  • LaShun McGhee, Compliance and Title IX Coordinator (Senior Title IX Officer)
    Office:  Student Life Office Suite, 1st floor Burpee Student Center (next to Den)
    Phone:  815-226-2842 / E-Mail: LMcGhee@rockford.edu
  • Monique Lindstedt, VP of Human Resources (Deputy Title IX Coordinator)
    Office:  Human Resources Office, 1st floor Nelson Hall
    Phone:  815-394-4376 / E-Mail:  mlindstedt@rockford.edu
  • Elaine Sharpe, Associate Professor of Psychology (Deputy Title IX Coordinator)
    Office: Starr Science, 4th floor, Room 436
    Phone: 815-226-4112 / E-Mail: esharpe@rockford.edu

Specifically, the Title IX Coordinator is/will:

  • responsible for the oversight of the investigation and resolution of all reports of sexual misconduct;
  • responsible for the oversight of all reports of sex and gender-based equity concerns;
  • knowledgeable and trained in relevant state and federal laws and University policy and procedure;
  • available to advise an individual including a reporting party or responding party about the courses of action available at the University, both informally and formally, and the courses of action available externally, including reports to law enforcement
  • available to direct individuals including a report party or responding party to resources;
  • appoint Title IX Coordinators to investigate all reports of sexual misconduct and to take Title IX incident reports;
  • provide an efficient and effective institutional response to each Title IX report received;
  • provide or facilitate ongoing training, consultation and technical assistance on Title IX for all students, faculty, and staff
  • responsible for monitoring full compliance with all requirements and timelines specified in the complaint procedures;
  • responsible for compiling required reports

 Specifically, Deputy Title IX Coordinators are/will:

  • knowledgeable and trained in relevant state and federal laws and University policy and procedures;
  • available to advise an individual, including a reporting party or responding party, about the courses of action available at the University, both informally and formally, and the courses of action available externally including reports to law enforcement;
  • available to take Title IX incident reports;
  • direct individuals, including a reporting party or a responding party, to resources;
  • conduct Title IX investigations;
  • provide leadership as it relates to training and education of students, employees, visitors and guests on Title IX;
  • assist in providing an efficient and effective institutional response to each Title IX report received;
  • handle other tasks and responsibilities as determined by Title IX Coordinator.

Together, the Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators comprise the Title IX Team.  The Title IX team works together to make Rockford University a campus that is free of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.  You can contact any member of the Title IX team for information or assistance, or to report to the University if you have experienced or learned about any instances of harassment or misconduct.  You can also contact the team with any suggestions for improving University policies, procedures, or resources.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Office of Compliance and Title IX

LaShun McGhee
Compliance and Title IX Coordinator
815-226-2842
Burpee Center, Student Life Suite 5050 E. State Street Rockford, IL 61108

LMcGhee@rockford.edu

Hours:
Mon-Fri- 8:30am to 5:00pm