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Changes to Gallaudet University's Title IX unit.

Dear Members of the Gallaudet and Clerc Center Community,

We hope that your fall semester is off to a good start. There is so much to share that is new to the University and Clerc Center’s approach to Title IX. As the University’s Title IX Coordinator, I am responsible for the overall Title IX compliance program and my office addresses issues of sex/gender equality, sexual misconduct, and Title IX sexual harassment (including sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, and dating violence), protecting the rights of pregnant/parenting students, and the rights of LGBTQIA2SP+ students and employees to be free from discrimination.

The University, including Clerc Center, has completely revised its Title IX policies and procedures. This was the result of the new Title IX regulations that were issued by the U.S. Department of Education in May. These regulations are very lengthy and detailed (approximately 2,083 pages). In summary, the new regulations seek to provide strong due process protections to those who are accused of sexual harassment while also balancing the rights of those who experience sexual harassment, assault, dating violence, domestic violence,  retaliation, and/or sex/gender discrimination. These revisions also provide detailed procedures for live hearings on campus or virtually, to resolve allegations of sexual harassment.

One of the most significant changes in the Title IX policy is the way that new federal regulations define sexual harassment. Gallaudet University is required under applicable law and regulations to have policies and detailed procedures to respond to reports of Title IX misconduct, which includes a narrower definition of sexual harassment, as well as for dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault as defined by the Clery Act. If the conduct doesn’t meet the Title IX definition of sexual harassment it may fall under the University’s definition of sexual misconduct. Our office will still handle both sexual harassment and sexual misconduct cases.

To learn more about the revised Title IX policies and procedures for Gallaudet University and Clerc Center please check out the Title IX website and Administration and Operations Policy 3.02, Title IX Sexual Harassment. If you have any questions about the process or wish to talk to someone about your options to report or seek support, please contact a Title IX team member whose contact information can be found at https://www.gallaudet.edu/title-ix/title-ix-team. There is no time limit on reporting to the University.

I would also like to share an update about our Title IX team staffing: Andy Schewe no longer serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees, and I will assume this responsibility until the position is filled. In addition, we just posted a job advertisement for a new Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Case Management Coordinator position geared for University students, and the person hired will report to and work closely with the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students, Amy Rousseau. 

We are seeking additional employees to join and serve as Title IX hearing panelists and/or as advisors for complainants and respondents. The role of the hearing panelist is to make an outcome determination related to sexual harassment/sexual misconduct cases at hearings while the role of the advisor is to provide advice, and/or support during the investigation and informal or formal resolution processes. It will count as a service for faculty members and for supervisors to consider for staff.  Please fill out the Application Form if you are interested. 

We look forward to working with the entire campus in our ongoing Title IX education and compliance efforts. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need my assistance with training.

Sincerely,

Jennie Sivak
Title IX Coordinator

Posted by Darrius Doe | Posted October 9, 2020 at 2:42 PM

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