Community Updates

The Title IX office will continue to review and reflect on all the information that arose from the investigation started in summer 2020. This page will provide a central place for messages to the community from the Title IX office and updates on the progress of specific action items. We will also provide updates on the general work of the office as we work to deepen the understanding and expectations around sex and gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence.

Messages to the Community

Feb. 17, 2021: Title IX Follow-up from Joan McDermott and Julie Orio


updates on action steps

Feb. 17, 2021: The search for the deputy Title IX coordinator has been underway since November. A committee of university staff and students convened to review the applications. After a first round of phone interviews, three finalists were identified and virtual campus interviews took place. Students were involved in the campus interviews. Our new deputy Title IX coordinator will be announced to the community soon. Once the position is filled, one of the projects for the deputy coordinator will be to convene the updated Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Committee, which was developed with ASUSF representatives, to focus on community-wide awareness, prevention, and educational efforts.

Feb. 17, 2021: The sexual violence resource advocate position has been posted, and candidates will be interviewed as soon as possible. This position is housed in CAPS and will be supervised by the associate dean/director of CAPS. The advocate will serve as a part-time clinician in CAPS as well as a dedicated confidential resource for victims of sexual violence. The new advocate will not be considered a mandatory Title IX reporter.

Feb. 17, 2021: In December, it was determined that listening sessions would be best held after the report from the independent investigators was completed and shared with the community. Plans for the listening sessions include hybrid in-person/virtual sessions to ensure community-wide attendance. We will reach out to possible outside facilitators this spring. We will schedule fall listening sessions that will incorporate information from the report, and will introduce the new deputy coordinator and resource advocate to the community. Jess Varga, Title IX coordinator, Shannon Gary, associate vice provost/dean of students, and both Joan McDermott, athletics director, and Julie Orio, vice president for student life have met with ASUSF leaders who have been excellent partners in this planning.

Feb. 17, 2021: The new Policy on Nondiscrimination Based on Sex and Gender, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct for Students, Employees, and Third Parties is available on the Title IX website. A community-wide message was shared last fall with details on how to access the policy, how to report incidents to the Title IX office, and how to access available resources. Updates will continue to be made to our policy and procedures to comply with any new changes in the law and to incorporate feedback from our community and best practices that emerge from the field.

Feb. 17, 2021: The Title IX office will undergo a comprehensive program review during the fall 2021 semester. Each unit/department in the Division of Student Life participated in this process in which outside experts meet with faculty, staff, students, and partners to review the unit/department and make recommendations. This process begins with a self-study.

Feb. 17, 2021: The new deputy coordinator will conduct an extensive review of the Athletics Student Handbook as it pertains to addressing sex and gender discrimination, harassing behavior, and sexual misconduct. This will include reviewing additional expectations the university has for student athletes, how these are communicated, and how student athletes are held accountable. They will also identify and fix gaps in the communication between the Title IX office and the Department of Athletics.

Feb. 17, 2021: We will also appoint a small working group composed of students, faculty, and staff to read the report and make recommendations on steps that Athletics and Student Life can take to rebuild trust within our community. This work will begin this semester.

Feb. 17, 2021: A monthly "Time with IX" program will take place on the second Thursday of each month at 12 p.m., beginning March 11. These regular sessions will allow for different topics to be discussed and provide an opportunity for the community to discuss information on trends, rumors, issues, and questions. At these sessions, no reporting takes place nor is there any discussion of individual incidents.

Zoom Meeting ID will be posted here and advertised week of meeting. 

Future Program Dates: April 8, May 13, June 10,