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Consumer Information

Campus Conduct Policy and Title IX Guidelines


Illinois College of Optometry is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and employment environment that is free from discrimination, harassment and  any conduct that prohibits conduct which prevents free academic interaction and opportunities or which creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive study or work environment. 

The ICO Campus Conduct policy addresses all forms of misconduct.  Recent US Department of Education regulations specify Title IV recipient institutions (those participating in Federal Financial Aid programs, and this includes ICO) implement a prescribed process for the investigation and resolution of Title IX related complaints of misconduct.  The Campus Conduct policy to follow will describe the institution’s policies and processes for both Title IX related complaints and non-Title IX related complaints.


Sexual harassment and racial harassment have been held to constitute a form of discrimination that is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1977.  Other types of harassment or discrimination (age, religious, national origin, disability or other protected status) are prohibited by applicable state and federal law or any other protected category under applicable local, state, or federal law, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any grievance process on campus, with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or other human rights agencies.

Title IX states 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."

ICO's Title IX Coordinator:

Michael Butz


If you have experienced or witnessed an incident of general campus misconduct, a report may be made utilizing the following resources:

  1. Email:

  2. Phone: 312-949-7444

    (Title IX hotline may be used for incidents of general campus misconduct)

  3. Phone: 312-949-7225

    (the ICO Phone: Compliance Tip Line may also be used for reporting)

  4. In Person:

    • Michael R. Butz, Sr. Director of Compliance, Risk Mgmt. & Quality Improvement, 312-949-7311, Office 1211

    • Beth Karmis, Asst. Dean for Student Success, 312-949-7415, Room 2721

    • Milissa Bartold, Sr. Director for Strategy & Administrative Technology Mgmt., 312-949-7440, Office 2125

  5. Campus Conduct Policy (PDF)

  6. Training References for the Title IX Team

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