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  • Title IX at Blackburn College

    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.” Further information about Title IX can be found at

    It is the responsibility of Blackburn College to take immediate and effective corrective action if the college has notice of a sexually hostile environment or gender-based harassment. Blackburn College has notice if a responsible employee knew, or in the exercise of reasonable care, should have known about the harassment. In these cases, Blackburn College will do the following corrective actions:

    • Eliminate the harassment and hostile environment
    • Prevent its recurrence
    • Address its effects

    Click here for Title IX and required federal information. 


    Reporting Requirements & Options

    Any member of the community can provide notice of discrimination and/or harassment with the following reporting options. Click here to make a report.


    Responsible Employees for Title IX Reports

    All staff, faculty, and students in the Work Program are considered responsible employees and therefore are required to report violations of Title IX to the Title IX Coordinator or Title IX Deputy Coordinators. A responsible employee does not include students who are not participating in the work program, peer counselors, or professional staff counselors. Title IX Coordinators and HR Designees are also considered Responsible Employees and cannot ensure confidentiality.


    Click here to view the Equal Employment Opportunity & Title IX Nondiscrimination Statements and Policies.


    Click here to view the Resource Guide for Students on Sexual Misconduct.


    Office of Civil Rights

    Individuals experiencing harassment or discrimination also always have the right to file a formal grievance with government authorities: Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Chicago Office U.S. Department of Education Citigroup Center 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475 Chicago, IL 60661-4544 Telephone: (321) 730-1560 Facsimile: (321) 730-1576 Email: Web: In the event that an incident involves alleged misconduct by the Title IX Coordinator or Human Resources Designee, reports should be made directly to the Title IX Coordinator’s Direct Supervisor.


    Melissa Jones is the College Title IX Coordinator and he can be reached via email:, phone: 217.854.5514, or in person: Office-Ludlum 215.

    Tim Morenz is the Director of Counseling Services can he can be reached via email:, phone: 217.854.5759, or in person: Student Life 133.