Lead Title IX position remains vacant


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Vice President for Equity and Social Justice Sylvia Spears said the college's Title IX Steering Committee will decide if complaints will be investigated beyond the narrow requirement set by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos.

The lead investigator position in The Office of Title IX Equity and Access remains vacant despite an eight-month  search.

The position opened when Investigator Pamela Ring left the college to pursue her own private practice in early January.

Since Ring’s leave, the office secured external investigators to deal with new reports as they arise.

Pamela White, the associate vice president of Title IX and Clery Act coordinator, cites the vacancy to a lack of qualified applicants.

“It’s really important for me that we make a good hire,” White said in an interview.

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So far, White said, the applicants do not meet the office’s standards.

Those standards include a Masters or Juris Doctorate degree, a certificate for for any Title IX training completed in the last year, as well as a minimum of three years of experience in conducting Title IX investigations.

A Google search leads to listings on job search websites like Glassdoor and HigherEdJobs. HigherEdJobs shows the position opened in December 2017 .

White said there are currently three candidates who qualify for the job, and she plans to meet with them during the first week of school.