University updates sexual harassment resources

September 11, 2015 | UToday
By Staff



The University of Toledo is providing additional resources to the campus community as part of its efforts to implement best practices for preventing and addressing sexual assault and harassment.

Updated University policies related to Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, which is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination, and other forms of discrimination and harassment are posted at http://utole.do/policies for the campus community’s comments and suggestions.

The Title IX website at http://utole.do/titleix also has been updated to reflect the policy updates and provide additional resources for faculty, staff and students.

“The University of Toledo is committed to preventing and addressing sexual assault and harassment and providing a safe environment on campus free from discrimination,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “The updates in response to an external assessment of UT’s Title IX policies underscore our ongoing efforts to assure the safety of students and employees on our campuses.”

The University completed an assessment of its Title IX policies, procedures, training and outreach with the assistance of Bisi Okubdejo of Ballard Spahr LLP from Philadelphia.

The updated policies are in response to the recommendation to streamline policies to ensure a clear process and consistent message.

UT also has designated specific individuals to assist with Title IX matters and the complaint process. Jovita Thomas-Williams, vice president and chief human resources, is serving as the acting Title IX coordinator while a search is under way to fill the position. Deputy Title IX coordinators also have been named to assist different segments of the UT community: Faculty will be assisted by Kevin West, senior director for faculty relations/inclusion officer; students will be assisted by Mary Martinez, student conduct officer; and employees will be assisted by
Melissa Auberle, senior compliance specialist.

The forms that faculty, staff and students use to report sexual harassment and other discrimination also have been updated to be more user-friendly.