Federal Compliance at Millikin University

TITLE IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Title IX provides that 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 acknowledges its obligation under Title IX and is committed to complying with all Title IX requirements.

While it is often thought of as a law that applies to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader than Athletics and applies to many programs at Millikin University. While compliance with the law is everyone’s responsibility at Millikin, listed below are the individuals who have primary responsibility for Title IX compliance.

Title IX Coordinator
Diane Lane
Director of Human Resources
1184 W. Main St., Shilling Hall, Room 205
217.362.6416
dlane@millikin.edu

The Title IX coordinator is authorized to designate Deputy Title IX Coordinators to investigate discrimination and harassment complaints as deemed appropriate.

Title IX Deputy Coordinators:

For students:
Raphaella Prange
217.424.6395
Vice President, Student Affairs

For faculty, staff, visitors, or others:
Tammy Maxwell
217.362.6416
Assistant Director, Human Resources

RESOURCES:

Click HERE to open/download the Millikin University Title IX PDF Brochure.

Click HERE to read more about Title IX Complaint Procedures.

To speak to a CONFIDENTIAL Resource:

Contact Growing Strong Sexual Assault Center (Millikin's Confidential Reporting Resource) at 217.428.0770.

File an electronic report:

Reports may also be made via the email address TitleIX@millikin.edu.  Reports submitted through this email address will be responded to within 12 hours.

File an anonymous report

The University encourages those who have concerns and/or questions or have experienced any form of discrimination or harassment to report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, your supervisor or any other appropriate university administrator. However, if you have a concern that you would like to express anonymously you may contact the Campus Conduct Hotline at 866.943.5787 (toll-free).

Please note that failure to identify all relevant parties may limit Millikin’s ability to adequately respond to your complaint.

Individuals always have the right to file a formal complaint with the United States Department of Education (Office of Civil Rights), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or seek the advice of an attorney.

Whistleblower Protection

Millikin University encourages all members of the campus community to make know allegations of suspected or actual misconduct existing within the University. This policy is intended to protect members of the University community from retaliatory action for engaging in good faith disclosure of alleged unlawful practices or suspected misconduct.

FERPA

Millikin University is subject to the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This federal law affords students in postsecondary institutions rights of access to education records and imposes regulations on the University in the release and disclosure of education records to third parties.

FERPA Compliance Officer
Jason Wickline
University Registrar
Gorin Hall Room 16
217.424.6217
jwickline@millikin.edu

Illinois Board of Higher Education Complaint Site

Should you wish to register a complaint against Millikin with the Illinois Board of Higher Education, a complaint may be filed within their system at https://complaints.ibhe.org. Prior to registering a complaint, you must first make all attempts to resolve the matter directly with Millikin. Information on Millikin’s complaint procedures may be found within the student handbook, and/or course catalog. After you have made attempts to resolve your issue(s), IBHE may intercede depending upon pertinent laws governing agency oversight.

Keep Safe on Campus (Jeanne Clery Act)

This act requires higher education institutions to give timely warnings of crimes and is intended to provide students, their families and employees with accurate, complete and timely information about safety on campus so that they can make informed decisions. View Millikin University's Annual Security Report.

Americans with Disability Act

Disability-related services for students:
Carrie Pierson (ADA/504 Coordinator)
Director of Student Success

316 University Commons
217.424.3999
cpierson@millikin.edu

Disability accommodations for faculty and staff:
Diane Lane
Director, Human Resources

205 Shilling Hall
217.362.6416
dlane@millikin.edu

CREATING AN EQUITABLE AND INCLUSIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

Dignity and respect for individuals, and dedication to a diverse and inclusive community are among the core values that shape the work we do at Millikin University including our work together in this class.   All employees of the university strive to assure that we live by these core values and abide by the requirements of the law to protect people against discrimination or mistreatment. This requires active attention and involvement from every member of the Millikin community, and that all members of the community, especially students, are empowered and comfortable sharing information and reporting concerns. Faculty members work with students as teachers, mentors, and advisors, but there are also times when faculty members are required to report information that may be shared with them, especially if it involves gender-based violence and sexual misconduct or information about a crime that may have occurred on the Millikin campus. It is very important for you to know about the University policies and reporting mechanisms available to you help assure that Millikin is the best university community it can be. The following paragraphs detail specific information about university commitments and ways in which you can report problems of this type.

Title IX, Sexual Misconduct, and Gender-Based Violence

Millikin University is committed to creating a campus culture of respect that is free from discrimination, sex discrimination and sexual misconduct of all forms.  Sexual misconduct is unlawful and will not be tolerated.  Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and gender are subject to the same rights and support as other protected categories.  Gender-based violence is defined by any action (sexual or not) that is motivated by the gender-identity of the victim. Gender-related violence includes domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The sexual misconduct guidelines in the student handbook govern these offenses as well. If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual misconduct or gender-based violence, or you know of an alleged incident, you can speak to someone CONFIDENTIALLY by contacting Growing Strong Sexual Assault Center 217-428-0770, and can file a report directly to any one of the following:

  • Diane Lane, Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator @ dlane@millikin.edu ; 217-362-6416;
  • Raphaella Prange, Dean of Student Development/Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students @ rpalmer@millikin.edu ; 217-424-6395;
  • Electronic reports can be submitted confidentially to TitleIX@millikin.edu. Electronic reports will be responded to within 12 hours.
  • Campus Conduct Hotline, an anonymous reporting line, 866- 943-5787 or the online system: http://www.intouchwebsite.com/CCH1959

It is important to remember that all Millikin University employees are designated as mandatory reporters under Title IX. This means that if you share information related to an incidence of sexual misconduct or gender-based violence, any faculty member will be required to report that information to our Title IX coordinators. The University’s initial concern is for the survivor’s physical well-being.  Students who have been victims of sexual misconduct or gender-related violence are strongly encouraged to seek medical treatment immediately at the emergency room at Decatur Memorial Hospital or St. Mary’s Hospital. Students may also seek support through our Student Mental and Behavioral Health Services staff at 217-424-6360. For more information and resources go to: https://millikin.edu/campus-life/student-resources/policies-standards/sexual-misconduct

Disabilities Accommodations Policy

Please address any special needs or special accommodations with your instructor at the beginning of the semester or as soon as you become aware of your needs. If you are seeking classroom accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you should submit your documentation to the Center for Academic and Professional Performance, located in University Commons 312. 

Gender Expression and Identity

At Millikin you have the right to define your own identity. You have the right to be called by the name you wish, and for your name to be pronounced correctly. You have the right to ask to be referred to by the pronoun that makes sense to you. You have the right to adjust those things at any point in your education. Students whose preferred names do not match their state issued identification may have their preferred name placed on their Millikin student identification card, their student email account, and diploma. Students must make these requests by contacting the Dean of Students Office at 217-424-6395. If you find that there are aspects of course instruction, subject matter, or classroom environment that result in barriers to your inclusion, please contact your instructor privately without fear of reprisal.

Bias Incidents or Discriminatory Practices

Millikin University respects and values diversity. At Millikin, diversity is understood in broad terms, including race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, disability, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and age.

Through ongoing efforts to recruit diverse students, staff, faculty, and administrators and by creating an environment that values diversity, Millikin seeks to provide an engaged learning community in which diversity enhances the total educational experience.

Any student that feels belittled, disrespected, threatened, or unsafe because of their identity or background needs to report such incidents. Millikin’s response will include engagement in educational dialogue and constructive action to address bias incidents. Confidential reporting options include utilizing the Campus Conduct Hotline via toll-free phone (866) 943-5787 or the online system: http://www.intouchwebsite.com/CCH1959. In addition, for faculty/staff related complaints, students may file a grievance with Human Resources, 217-362-6416. For student related complaints, students may also contact the Vice President for Student Affairs, 217-424-6395.

Student Well-Being

As a student, you may experience a range of issues that can negatively impact your learning, such as anxiety, depression, interpersonal or sexual violence, difficulty eating or sleeping, loss/grief, and/or alcohol/drug problems. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance and affect your ability to participate in day-to-day activities. In order to support you during such challenging times, Millikin provides free and confidential counseling and resources to all enrolled students through Student Mental and Behavioral Health Services located in the Millikin/DMH Clinic, 217-424-6360.

The 2020 Title IX Regulations - specifically, 34 CFR §106.45(b)(10)(i)(D) - require that all materials used to train personnel involved in the Grievance Process (for an allegation of Title IX sexual harassment) must be made publicly available. Training materials covered by this requirement are listed below. Additional training is scheduled and materials will be added to this page as additional training is completed.

Thompson Coburn's Title IX Training Series

Date of Training: August 3, 2020

Source/Provider of Training: Thompson Coburn LLP

Staff Who Completed Training: Diane Lane, Tammy Maxwell, Raphaella Prange, Ruby James

Training Materials

Title IX Regulations

Date of Training: August 21, 2020

Source/Provider of Training: Rebecca Leitman Veidlinger, Esq., PLLC.

Staff Who Completed Training: Diane Lane, Tammy Maxwell, Raphaella Prange, Ruby James

Training Materials

Veidlinger Title IX Regulations