Committee formed to find Title IX Administrator
COLUMBIA - An advisory committee is being formed to find a Title IX Administrator for the University of Missouri and the University of Missouri System employees in Columbia.
The new hire will aid Linda Bennett who has served as the interim Title IX Coordinator since June 9th, 2014. The roles of the administrator and coordinator are to ensure that the university responds and complies with guidelines issued by the U.S Department of Education that deal with sexual misconduct.
The members of the committee are:
Mary Austin, Executive Associate Athletics Director, Compliance
DeAngela Burns-Wallace, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Tim Evans, Associate Professor, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, College of Veterinary Medicine
Deborah Noble-Triplett, Assistant Vice President, UM System
Deborah Pasch, Executive Director, MU Health Care
Gary Ward, Vice Chancellor for Operations & Chief Operating Officer (Committee Chair)
Donell Young, Office of Student Conduct, Division of Student Affairs
Karen Touzeau, Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resource Services (ex officio)
The University of Missouri revamped their Title IX efforts after St. Louis law firm Dowd Bennett found that the school mishandled the case of Sasha Menu Courey. Courey, a swimmer at the university, reported being raped by one or more MU football players in 2010 when she was a freshman. In 2011 she withdrew from the university after multiple counseling sessions and hospital visits. On June 17 that same year Courey committed suicide.
"In 2012, and during our investigation, the University did not have policies in place for its employees addressing how University employees should handle information of a possible sexual assault upon a University student and what procedures should be followed by the University to investigate and ensure compliance with Title IX once the University receives notice of such allegations," stated the report.
Soon after Outside The Lines released a story about the case Courey, the Chancellor of University of Missouri Richard Bowen Loftin released a statement outlining initiatives to enhance sexual prevention programs, alcohol abuse awareness, and staff training on Title IX policies.
In 2014 the university used $500,000 for a consulting contract with the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management to train and consult staff.