Title IX office takes down job posting, 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 Title IX Office removed the job posting for the lead investigator position after two potential candidates for the position took jobs elsewhere, according to college officials.

After a nine-month vacancy, the office narrowed down applications to three qualified candidates in September. After requesting Skype interviews with two of them, the Human Resources business partner the office works with discovered both candidates accepted jobs elsewhere. The lead investigator is responsible for handling Title IX investigations at the college.

“For now, the search committee and I have agreed the best course of actions is to take the posting down for a period,” Pamela White, the associate vice president of Title IX and Clery Act coordinator, wrote in a statement to the Beacon.

White said she met with the office’s Human Resources business partner to discuss “next steps” last week.

While the office secured external investigators to handle new reports as they arise, it is unclear how they handle old reports. It is also unclear how much the external investigators cost.

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White declined to be interviewed for this article.

Correction: A previous version of this article stated the lead investigator is responsible for handling all Title IX investigations at the college.