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

    Alana Dillard-Slaughter
    Associate Director of Human Resources
    Fisher Administration Center

    Lanae Gill
    Director of Residence Life
    Room 110, Shiple Hall, McNichols Campus

    Adam Hollman
    Assistant Director of Student Life-Programming
    Student Center, McNichols Campus

    Teri Kromrei
    Associate Athletic Director for Internal Affairs
    Senior Woman Administrator
    Calihan Hall

    Corktown Campus

    Juliette Daniels
    Associate Dean of Student Services and Enrollment
    Room 470, Corktown Campus

    Danielle Harris
    Assistant Director Student Services
    Room 457

    Adrianna Moreno
    Dental School Registrar
    Room 461, Corktown Campus

    Riverfront Campus

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

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

    Additional supportive on-campus resources

    • Office of Residence Life313-993-1230 (NOT CONFIDENTIAL)
    • Dean of Student’s Office313-993-1028 (NOT CONFIDENTIAL)
    • University Ministry313-993-1560 (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:


    Inclusive Spaces

    Gender Inclusive Restrooms

    On the McNichols Campus, all-gender restrooms are available in the College of Health Professions, the Library, the first floor of Shiple Hall, and the lower level of Ford Life Sciences.

    At the Corktown Campus, all-gender restrooms are available on every floor.

    At the Riverfront Campus, all-gender restrooms are available on each floor and in the library, and signs affirm the right of all users to access the single-sex restrooms that correspond to their identified gender.  All-gender restrooms are also available at the Law Clinic.

    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

    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.


    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.