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Title IX Statement

"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."

About the Office

The Title IX & Equity Office oversees the University's grievance and equity-resolution process while educating the campus community about non-discrimination and Title IX policies. We are available to listen to your concerns, assist you in understanding your rights and when appropriate, connect you with campus and community resources. 

We encourage you to use this site as a trusted resource on all campus Title IX and Equity information and reporting.

Statement of Nondiscrimination 

The University of Missouri—St. Louis does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, and any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. Review our full Equal Employment/Educational Opportunity Policy and Statement of Nondiscrimination.

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Contact Us

To contact the Title IX & Equity Office, please email us at titleix@umsl.edu. We consult, conduct investigations and hold hearings via phone, Zoom video conference and in-person. 

Title IX Deputy Coordinator Jessica Swederske
Jessica Swederske, MPPA

Director, Title IX & Equity Office
153 JcPenney North
St. Louis, MO 63121
Phone: 314-516-5748

Jessica Swederske serves as the university's Title IX Coordinator & Chief Equity Officer. Ms. Swederske is committed to creating an environment that allows all students, faculty, and staff to feel safe.

Ms. Swederske completed her undergraduate degree In Psychology at UMSL, as well as her graduate degree in Public Policy Administration. After completing her course work, Ms. Swederske worked for the state of Missouri, as a Probation and Parole Officer, monitoring individuals convicted of sex offenses. It was this position that allowed Ms. Swederske to view fairness and equity from different perspectives.

Ms. Swederske has a passion for working with people, which ultimately led her back to UMSL in 2015.  Ms. Swederske is committed to conducting fair and thorough investigations in order to provide the decision makers with all relevant facts. Furthermore, it is her goal to make sure everyone who comes through her office feels seen and heard.


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Libby Cozzoni

Lead Investigator, Title IX & Equity Office
240 JcPenney North
St. Louis, MO 63121
Phone: 314-516-4538

Libby Cozzoni joined the University of Missouri-St. Louis’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion staff in the Spring of 2024 and serves as the university’s Title IX and Equity Lead Investigator. With her passion in public service, Ms. Cozzoni is dedicated to serving the public with integrity, compassion, and efficiency while upholding UMSL’s values and mission.

Ms. Cozzoni completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Shortly after graduation, she began working for Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) within the state of Missouri’s Department of Labor, at first as an Intake Officer, and then a Human Rights Officer, investigating complaints of employment, public accommodation, and housing discrimination. Ms. Cozzoni also contributed to MCHR’s early resolution process facilitating negotiations between parties and providing conflict resolution. During her employment with the state, Ms. Cozzoni completed her Masters’ in Legal Studies with Washington University. Ms. Cozzoni’s background equips her to navigate complex cases with sensitivity and professionalism, always prioritizing the rights of all parties involved.


The State of Missouri regional Office for Civil Rights is located in Kansas City and is available to provide assistance.

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
One Petticoat Lane
1010 Walnut, 3rd Floor, Suite 320
Kansas City, MO 64106
Telephone: 816-268-0550
FAX: 816-268-0599
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: OCR.KansasCity@ed.gov