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A message from the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance

The following message was sent to the Ohio University community on Wednesday, Nov. 12 by the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance.

Since the enactment of Title IX of the Education Amendments on June 23, 1972, American educational institutions have made significant progress toward gender equality in student recruitment, admissions, educational programs, and athletics. The Title IX legislation broadly prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex at educational institutions receiving federal financial assistance, and serves an important role in ensuring equitable facilities and programs, prevention and appropriate response to hostile environments, and remediation of sexual violence and other forms of sex and gender-based discrimination in educational settings. To ensure compliance with Title IX and other federal and state civil rights laws, Ohio University has developed internal policies that prohibit discrimination and sexual misconduct on the basis of sex (See Ohio University Policy 40.001 Equal Employment and Educational Opportunity; 03.004 Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking; and Ohio University Affirmative Action Policy). In addition to adoption and enforcement of these policies, Ohio University must designate at least one employee to serve in the important role of Title IX Coordinator for the institution.

On November 4, 2015, the University’s former Title IX Coordinator, Inya Baiye, resigned from her position at Ohio University and accepted a position at another institution. The Ohio University Provost’s Office will begin a search to identify an executive director of the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Accessibility (EOA) in late Fall 2015. In the interim, Nicholas Oleksy, a Title IX investigator in the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance, will take on the role of Acting Title IX Coordinator for the student process.  Assistant Director of Civil Rights Compliance, Jessica Cook, will assume administrative leadership of the office. Ms. Cook will also serve as Interim Title IX Coordinator for employee and university programs. EOA Assistant Director, Kerri Griffin, will support the ECRC office with discrimination and harassment cases, and EOA Director and ADA/504 Coordinator, Dianne Bouvier, will offer consultation during this transition.

Ohio University is committed to providing a learning environment and workplace free of discrimination and harassment.  For more information on how to report sexual misconduct, request a training, or contact the Title IX Coordinators, please visit the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance’s website at https://www.ohio.edu/equity-civil-rights/.