A sub-committee met several times during fall quarter 2011 to review and discuss policies and procedures in comparison to guidance about Title IX provided by U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Committee members included Richard DeShields, Gail Farmer, Barbara Hodges, Susan Lonborg, Mike Luvera, Rhonda McKinney, and Staci Sleigh-Layman.
It was found, to be compliant, the university must:
The CWU Director of Equal Opportunity (Staci Sleigh-Layman) currently has responsibility as Title IX Coordinator. The committee recommends that this position be identified as the primary coordinator. Four other positions should be identified as supporting coordinators. These positions include:
Supporting coordinators will have responsibility for informing the primary coordinator of issues related to Title IX. Procedures will be established, by the primary coordinator, to ensure that the communication and collaboration between those with Title IX responsibility, as well as education about Title IX developments, occurs in structured ways.
A specific policy addressing Title IX has been drafted (attachment A). Although the general CWU nondiscrimination policy covers compliance with Title IX, recent compliance reviews at other higher education institutions have resulted in the creation of specific Title IX policies. The university’s nondiscrimination statement and this new Title IX policy will be distributed to students and employees on a regular basis. The statement will be made available in the following ways:
Staci Sleigh-Layman, Director, Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator, is responsible for ensuring that these recommendations are in place no later than April 1, 2012.
The task force reviewed university policies and procedures with an eye toward Title IX compliance. A new Title IX policy has been drafted (Proposed CWUP 2-35-015 Title IX Policy: Discrimination on the Basis of Sex and Sexual Misconduct - attachment A). The task force also found that several policies need minor revisions in order to be compliant with Title IX. Revisions of the following policies are included in this report as attachment B:
Others may be forthcoming and will be managed through the usual policy and procedure approval process.
In addition, policy and procedures regarding background checks and sex offenders will be reviewed to ensure that communication lines are solidly established and protocols clear.