As part of a series of changes to student development beginning in 2022, the role of Title IX Coordinator will no longer be held by the Dean of Students, as it has done in the past.
Beginning next school year, the Title IX coordinator will likely reside in the human resources department, separating Title IX procedures from disciplinary roles.
“The shift from student development to human resources follows best practices in the field of Title IX administration and allows us to separate it from student conduct procedures,” said Skip Trudeau, vice president of student development. . “This has the added benefit of reducing any potential confusion between the two processes.”
Since 2017, Jesse Brown has served as both Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator. Prior to being hired at Taylor, Trudeau served as both vice president of student development and Title IX coordinator.
At neighboring Indiana Wesleyan University and Anderson University, their Dean of Students also serves as Title IX Director, making it common practice at smaller institutions.
However, in a 2015 letter from the Department of Education, it was recommended that a Title IX coordinator not fill additional roles at a university. For example, a student who has interacted with the Dean of Students for disciplinary action may not feel comfortable contacting the same person for Title IX issues, particularly in circumstances involving a violation of the Rules of school.
That said, Brown and Trudeau asserted that this separation is not a mandatory requirement of the Department of Education.
“I’ve had conversations with the directors at Taylor about the separation of Title IX and Dean of Students,” Brown said. “…Sometimes there have probably been conflicts, there have been challenges for people. I know it is not uncommon, especially for smaller schools, to have someone like the Dean of Students or the Vice President for Student Development to serve in this capacity.
Brown said he anticipates at some point that Title IX responsibilities will operate outside of the office of student development. Many other smaller institutions have dedicated Title IX offices, usually in human resources.
“I think part of the reason it’s been tied so tightly to student development is that it’s primarily a student-responsive protocol,” Brown said. “It’s often a desire to have someone sensitive to the students in the seat to facilitate the process. … I know the University, I know Taylor, thought for a while, ‘How do we separate these things?’
While the Dean of Students position was phased out at the end of 2021, Brown will continue to manage Title IX responsibilities for the remainder of the school year. In May, someone new will lead Title IX processes for students on campus.
According to Taylor University’s opportunity profile advertising a Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator, Taylor is looking to hire someone who can provide strategic leadership and direction for a range of tasks, including recruiting, Taylor’s human capital development, motivation and assessment.
New information, protocols and processes for next year will be released at a later date, Trudeau said.
To learn more about Title IX, visit the resources linked in this article at www.theechonews.com.