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DePaul's Statements

Illinois Preventing Sexual Assault in Higher Education Act:  2017 Annual Report 

​​DePaul's Annual Report prepared in accordance with 110 ILCS 205/9.21(b) is available here.

Letter to the campus community from DePaul University Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity Elizabeth Ortiz, Ed.D. and Vice President of Student Affairs Eugene Zdziarski, Ph.D.
September 25, 2017​

Dear DePaul Community,

Late last week, the Department of Education released new Title IX guidance for universities’ responses to campus sexual assault. DePaul is thoroughly reviewing this new guidance to determine any possible implications for our policies and procedures. As always, the university will continue following best practices and adhering to federal law and state law.

DePaul is wholly committed to fostering a community in which every member has the right to safety from the threat of sexual and relationship violence. We follow our values in nurturing a culture of respect, responsibility and safety. When incidents of sexual violence occur, the university responds promptly and equitably. Our commitments and values in this regard will not change based on the new Title IX guidance.

The university will provide more information, as needed, as any effects of the new guidance develop.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Ortiz
Vice President
Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity

Eugene Zdziarski
Vice President
Student Affairs​


Letter to the campus community from DePaul University Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity Elizabeth Ortiz, Ed.D. and Vice President of Student Affairs Eugene Zdziarski, Ph.D.
September 7, 2017​

Dear DePaul Community,

Today, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that the Department of Education will review and revamp Title IX guidance for universities’ response to campus sexual assault. The review may take months and the potential impacts are unclear.

What does remain clear is this: In accordance with DePaul University's Catholic and Vincentian values and our role as an educational institution, the university condemns any form of sexual or relationship violence. 

As part of our "Take Care DePaul" efforts, DePaul continuously strives to create a culture of respect, responsibility, and safety. DePaul engages in extensive proactive and preventative measures aimed at educating and increasing awareness of issues related to healthy relationships and at preventing sexual and relationship violence. 

When issues of sexual or relationship violence are reported, DePaul responds promptly and equitably. This includes complying with all applicable federal and state laws.

Our commitment to these values remains unwavering.

Elizabeth Ortiz
Vice President OIDE

Eugene Zdziarski
Vice President Student Affairs​