Title IX

Jill Patterson
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Missouri State University says it’s keeping in place policies and procedures for handling sexual misconduct cases under Title IX.

Jill Patterson
Missouri State University Communications

Missouri State University has named its first full-time Title IX coordinator.

The school announced Monday that Jill Patterson will be the subject-matter expert on requirements of and compliance with Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act and related federal and state laws.

Her responsibilities will include investigating and ensuring timely resolution of all reports of sex discrimination, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking involving members of the university community.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says legislation aimed at curbing campus sexual assaults will be redrafted to encompass some of the suggestions received this week.

Clif Smart
Missouri State University

Missouri State University President Clif Smart says a new policy this year is intended to “deal with every conceivable allegation of sexual assault, sexual violence and sexual harassment” for faculty, staff, and students.

Title IX was enacted in 1972 primarily as a way to ensure gender equity in educational institutions. As more recent court cases have interpreted it to include sexual misconduct and the rights and responsibilities of the individuals and institutions, it has become a hot topic. West Pratt, Missouri State University's director of institutional equity and compliance, shares about the new process.

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