KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Nearly a year after settling a Title IX lawsuit for $2.48 million, The University of Tennessee has released a long-awaited report by an independent commission reviewing the university's sexual assault policies.
The report concludes that the university's programs, policies and materials meet legal and regulatory guidelines but could also be improved. The independent commission included five major recommendations in their report:
1) Create a system-wide Title IX coordinating presence
2) Enhance Title IX staffing and resources
3) Update grievance procedures and student codes of conduct
4) Enhance case management, care and support
5) Enhance education, training and prevention
In response to the recommendations, UT President Joe DiPietro announced a new system-wide Title IX coordinator position and requested that General Counsel Matthew Scoggins coordinate a system-wide review and implementation of the commission's recommendations.
DiPietro commented on the findings in a statement, saying, "We will meet with the individual campuses to discuss the Commission's findings. We are determined, as the Commission noted, to continue enhancing our Title IX program across all of our campuses and becoming a national model on both prevention and response."