Title IX

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 to the 1964 Civil Rights Act

Title IX is commonly thought of as pertaining to varsity sports. However, the law is actually much broader. Title IX prohibits gender discrimination in all programs and activities of an institution of higher education. It also requires that institutions be proactive in preventing discrimination and in responding to concerns or allegations of discrimination including, but not limited to, harassment and assault. Title IX applies to all programs and activities available to students at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago; these include but are not limited to academic programs, admission procedures, financial aid, and student services.  Although LSTC’s policies and procedures relating to Title IX are founded on the laws of the United States and of the State of Illinois, they are also guided by the mission and values of the seminary.

Title IX
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq., prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (which encompasses sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct). LSTC complies with Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex in education programs and activities, admissions, or employment. It complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and equal opportunity.

The Clery Act and Campus SaVE
​The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f), as amended by the Campus SaVE Act, part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, S. 47, 113th Cong. (2013), requires, among other things, annual reporting of statistics for various criminal offenses, including sex offenses, timely warnings and emergency notifications to the seminary community, prevention education, and the adoption of sexual assault policies with certain procedural requirements.

The seminary’s annual report can be found here: Annual Security and Fire Report for 2016 [PDF]

It is the goal of the seminary to provide students, faculty, staff, and guests with an environment free from sexual discrimination, which includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, and relationship violence. The university’s policies concerning harassment and discrimination including its policy on sexual harassment and misconduct can be found in the All Students Handbook. The policies outline the definition of sexual harassment, sexual offenses, relationship violence, relationships, reporting procedures, procedures for the resolution, provisions for students who have been subjected to sex offenses, sexual assault prevention and education programs, and resources to victims and survivors of sexual assault.

In order to take prompt and equitable corrective action, the seminary must be aware of sexual misconduct, relationship violence, or related retaliation. Therefore, members of the LSTC community who believe that they have been victim of such incidents or know someone who may be a victim by a student, faculty, staff, or vendor/supplier are advised to bring the matter to the attention of the Title IX Coordinator listed below. Additionally, members of the community may contact the University of Chicago Police (24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any location) to report such allegations.

A copy of the university’s policies concerning harassment and discrimination policies including its policy on sexual harassment and misconduct can be found in the All Students Handbook.

Title IX Coordinator
Aaron Copley-Spivey
Director of Human Resources and Housing, Title IX Coordinator
Office 327

Duties: Responsible for overseeing all reports of sexual misconduct and relationship violence and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during review of such reports. Allegations of sexual misconduct and relationship violence may be reported directly to the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator may issue no-contact orders. The Title IX Coordinator may arrange other accommodations. The Title IX Coordinator can answer questions and provide information concerning the University's policies and procedures, available resources and support services, and external criminal and legal options.


To file a complaint regarding sexual assault (either an assault in which you are a victim or a witness or, if not directly involved, you have reason to believe such has occurred), please contact the Title IX Coordinator as noted above.

To file a criminal complaint regarding sexual assault, contact the University of Chicago Police: Emergency/Non-Emergency: 773-702-8181


The Title IX Coordinator will seek to protect the privacy and confidentiality of the individuals involved in any report of alleged sexual misconduct or relationship violence to the extent possible and allowed by law. The Title IX Coordinator cannot guarantee confidentiality, however, and must evaluate any request for confidentiality in the context of the seminary’s responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment.

The following resources and support services offer confidential support:

Pastor to the Community: 773.256.0696
Pastor Erik Christensen: erik.christensen@lstc.edu

Rape Victim Advocates
Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline: 1-888-293-2080


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