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UNTANGLING TITLE IX
Further complicating matters: No additional funding accompanied Title IX's
expanded purview. Sokolow says he's impressed with the resources college have allocated since 2011, but adds that most operations are underfunded. Hampered by
limited resources, many institutions have
adopted a gradual approach to compliance-an approach Sokolow calls "realistic given what funding parameters are and
what the government's expectations are."
Whether you have a large or small budget, are at a huge public university or a
small private college, tailoring systems for

Title IX administration to the needs of the
community can help create a welcoming
and safe campus environment for all.
Reflexive, responsive Title IX teams
One "very prevalent model" for Title IX
administration-when the institution can
afford it-involves a standalone, full-time
Title IX coordinator or dedicated Title
IX office, Sokolow says. Yet, he adds, "It's
probably not even used by the majority of
campuses at this time."
In the model, there is typically a Title
IX coordinator, plus three to six deputies,

Title IX administration models
STAFF SIZE VARIATIONS:
* Some campuses may have 15 full-time administrators
dedicated to Title IX
* Others may have a single administrator with several
non-Title IX responsibilities, too
COMMON APPROACH:
* Full-time, stand-alone Title IX coordinator, possibly with
a dedicated administrative assistant
* A team of deputy administrators from various departments
assist in efforts
* A few Title IX investigators assist with allegations
Example:
Neumann University (Pennsylvania)
Enrollment: About 3,000
Taking the lead on Title IX: vice president of human resources and
risk management
Title IX co-coordinators: dean of students, director of athletics and
recreation, director of residence life, risk management specialist
Committee duties: Oversee mandatory annual training for faculty and staff,
plus separate mandatory training for students
Example:
University of New Hampshire
Enrollment: 13,000 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students on main
Durham campus, plus 1,000 students at Manchester campus
Taking the lead on Title IX: Title IX coordinator based in the Office of Equity
and Affirmative Action, and reporting to vice president for community,
equity and diversity
Title IX steering committee: human resources director, dean of students,
chief of campus police, general counsel office representative
Title IX advisory committee: 20 members, including reps from Prevention
Innovations Research Center, residence life, athletics, human resources,
Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Program

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who may work in other departments or
divisions. The team also includes Title IX
investigators who report to the coordinator, and it may include a dedicated administrative assistant.
At other institutions, meanwhile, "the
Title IX coordinator might be wearing 10
other hats," says Liz Brown, sexual misconduct expert for EAB, a research company that works closely Title IX administrators. At Neumann University, a private
Roman Catholic college in Pennsylvania,
the vice president of human resources and
risk management is in charge of Title IX
coordination. Co-coordinators include the
dean of students, the athletics and recreation director, the residence life director
and a risk management specialist who
is a member of the religious order that
founded the school.
That specialist essentially spends all her
time staying up to speed on Title IX law
changes and working on training, says Alfred Mueller, dean of arts and sciences.
Neumann's Title IX committee oversees annual training sessions, which are
mandatory for all faculty and staff and
cover the basics of the law, reporting requirements and the investigative process.
Students complete a separate awareness
program, with online modules from a program called My Student Body (from the
National Institute of Mental Health) and
training materials from campaigns such
as It's On Us! (www.itsonus.org) and The
Red Flag (www.theredflagcampaign.org).
At the University of New Hampshire,
a public research university with 13,000
undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students on its main Durham campus and
1,000 students at its Manchester campus,
Title IX coordination is based in the Office of Equity and Affirmative Action.
Like at many higher ed institutions, by
the time the Dear Colleague Letter was
issued in 2011, UNH already had many
groups and organizations on campus
working on issues such as gender parity
and decreasing sexual violence. Its main
campus is even home to the Prevention
Innovations Research Center (PIRC),
founded in 2006 and now internationally known for its research into decreasing
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