By Marvin Monroe
Colleges have now begun rethinking and expanding the application of Title IX. While in the past the emphasis of Title IX has most frequently been in regards to equality in athletic scholarship, it has been continuing to evolve with the increasingly complex culture of the US to also include safety and accountability on campus.
For the past year, there have been many steps taken by the administrators and student leaders at Reinhardt University to help students be aware of this development. One such step is the employment of MyStudentBody.com, an online tool used for all incoming students that helps reduce their risk of sexual violence as well as drug and alcohol abuse.
The student handbook was also revised to have an anti-discrimination clause and an updated the code of conduct. Title IX has its own team of individuals now, called the Intervention Committee, that have been formed and trained to fully understand the length of this clause and know how to properly take action.
The vice president of student affairs and dean of students, Dr. Roger Lee, says that this team has specific responsibilities. “The overall role is to provide oversight in making our campus a safer environment to live and learn and also to guide our commitment to meeting the requirements of the Title IX federal mandate,” Lee said. “This committee has been hard at work, especially in the last few months, presenting Title IX strategies/updates/initiatives to the University Board of Trustees, participating in a state-wide ‘Commitment to Act’ statement through GICA/Legislators and learning Title IX compliance in state-wide training opportunities.”
Stephen Vosika, coordinator of student Involvement and orientation, developed a section of Reinhardt’s website that will give an institutional resource about policies and supplies stated within the Title IX clause. A campus wide marketing campaign dealing with sexual assault awareness also ran recently, created by an Advertising PR Strategies class under the direction of adjunct instructor, Dave Garner.
Dr. Roger Lee later stated that, “Our goal is to make Reinhardt somewhere where all will want to be because it’s a safe place to live and work.”
For those wanting to know more, you can check out the online Title IX Reinhardt Student Reference Manual here.