Campus Safety and Security

Role of the Title IX Coordinator

Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the U.S. Department of Education's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106, the University's Title IX Coordinator has primary responsibility for coordinating the University's efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in all the operations of this University, as well as retaliation for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX.

Sexual offenses against students, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, and sexual exploitation, can be a form of sex discrimination under Title IX. The Title IX coordinator oversees the University's response to reports and complaints that involve possible sex discrimination to monitor outcomes, identify and address any patterns, and assess effects on the campus climate, so the University can address issues that affect the wider school community.

A student should contact the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator(s) in order to:

  • seek information or training about students' rights and courses of action available to resolve reports or complaints that involve potential sex discrimination, including sexual offenses,
  • file a complaint or make a report of sex discrimination, including sexual offenses,
  • notify the University of an incident or policy or procedure that may raise potential Title IX concerns,
  • get information about available resources (including confidential resources) and support services relating to sex discrimination, including sexual offenses, and
  • ask questions about the University's policies and procedures related to sex discrimination, including sexual offenses.

The University's Title IX compliance team includes

Name/Role

Email

Phone

David Everitt (Acting Title IX Coordinator)

deveritt@clarku.edu

(508) 793-7295

Davis Baird (Deputy)

dbaird@clarku.edu

(508) 793-7673

Trish Cronin (Deputy)

tcronin@clarku.edu

(508) 793-7305

Paul Wykes (Deputy)

pwykes@clarku.edu

(508) 793-7385

Sergeant Lauren Misale (Deputy)

lmisale@clarku.edu

(508) 793-7575

In the event that the incident, policy, or procedure about which the student seeks to file a report or complaint creates the appearance of a conflict of interest with one of the members of the Title IX compliance team, students may contact any other member of the team or notify Julie Dolan, Executive Vice President.

Functions and Responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator's functions and responsibilities include the following:

(1) Training for Students, Faculty, and Staff

The Title IX Coordinator provides or facilitates ongoing training, consultation, and technical assistance on Title IX for all students, faculty and staff, including:

  • regular training for faculty and staff outlining their rights and obligations under Title IX, including the appropriate response to reports of sexual offenses, the obligation to report sexual offenses to appropriate University officials, and the extent to which counselors and advocates may keep a report confidential, and
  • regular training for students outlining their rights under Title IX; with regard to sexual offenses, this training will include what constitutes a sexual offense and when it creates a hostile environment, the definition of consent, reporting options (including reports to responsible employees, campus and local law enforcement, and confidential reporting to counselors or advocates), the grievance procedures used to process complaints, applicable disciplinary code provisions relating to sexual offenses and the consequences of violating those provisions, the role of alcohol and drugs in sexual offenses, the effects of trauma, strategies and skills for bystander intervention, the offices or individuals with whom students can speak confidentially, the offices or individuals who can provide support services, the employees who must report incidents to the Title IX coordinator, and Title IX's protections against retaliation.

(2) Investigations

The University is responsible for conducting adequate, reliable, and impartial investigations of reports and complaints of sexual offenses. The Title IX Coordinator oversees many aspects of this response, including:

  • determining whether the report or complaint alleges conduct that may, upon investigation, constitute prohibited sexual offenses,
  • appointing an investigative team upon such determination,
  • making certain that individual reports and complaints are handled properly and in a prompt and timely manner,
  • informing all parties regarding the grievance process,
  • confirming that all parties have been notified of grievance decisions and of the right to, and procedures for, appeal, if applicable,
  • maintaining information and documentation related to the investigation in a secure manner, and
  • monitoring compliance with timeframes specified in the grievance procedures.

The Title IX Coordinator evaluates requests for confidentiality by those who report or complain about sexual offenses in the context of the University's responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students.

(3) Remedies, Including Interim Measures

Upon learning of a report or complaint of a sexual offense, the Title IX Coordinator promptly takes steps to ensure the complainant's equal access to the University's programs and activities and protect the complainant as necessary. Such steps include taking interim measures before the final outcome of any investigation, providing remedial measures after the final outcome of investigation, and making the complainant aware of all available resources.

Upon a finding of prohibited sexual offenses, the Title IX Coordinator determines whether campus-wide remedies should be adopted in response, including review and revision of the University's sexual offenses policies, increased monitoring, supervision or security at locations where sexual offenses are reported to occur, and increased education and prevention efforts, including to targeted populations.

(4) Monitoring and Advising

In order to address sexual offenses on campus and ensure ongoing compliance with Title IX, the Title IX Coordinator:

  • coordinates an annual climate survey, in consultation with research personnel with expertise in survey design and data collection and analysis,
  • analyzes data collected by the annual climate survey to assess the rates and nature of sexual offenses, any location hot-spots or risk factors, knowledge of the University's sexual offenses policies, procedures and resources, and the consequences of violating such policies, and the effectiveness of the University's efforts to ensure that the University is free from sexual offenses,
  • reviews regularly all reports and complaints raising potential Title IX issues throughout the University to ensure that the University responded consistent with its Title IX obligations, even if the report or complaint was initially filed or raised with another individual,
  • reviews regularly all reports and complaints raising potential Title IX issues throughout the University to identify and address any patterns,
  • reviews regularly the University's policies and procedures to ensure that they comply with the requirements of Title IX,
  • organizes and maintains files related to grievances, reports, complaints, and other records of potential sex discrimination, including sexual offenses, in a secure manner,
  • assesses regularly the University's compliance with, and the effectiveness of, policies and procedures related to sex discrimination, including sexual offenses, and recommends modifications where appropriate,
  • coordinates regularly with the University's Committee on Safety and Security Compliance with respect to overlapping obligations related to sexual offenses against students, including prevention, education, and training,
  • consults regularly with the University administration and campus stakeholders to promote campus-wide awareness and discussion of Title IX-related issues, and develop and implement any modifications of policies and procedures to prevent and eliminate sex discrimination, including sexual offenses, and
  • ensures that appropriate policies and procedures are in place for working with local law enforcement and coordinating with local victim advocacy organizations and service providers, including rape crisis centers.