Members of the Title IX Working Group

Policy Draft Commenting Period: 11/17/15 - 12/17/15

We invite the College community to comment on the proposed revisions of the Sexual Misconduct, Harassment, and Discrimination Policy and Procedures. The 30-day comment period will be open from November 17, 2015 through Friday, December 17, 2015.  

Trustees

  • Joel Feuer ’76, Co-Chair
  • Meg Lodise ‘85

Students

  • Orren Arad-Neeman PO ‘16
  • Anna Blachman PO ‘16
  • Sam Crawford PO ’16
  • Khyle Dank Eastin PO ‘16
  • Sarah Hardimon PO ‘16

Faculty

  • Professor Jessica Borelli, Psychology Department
  • Coach Tony Boston, Physical Education
  • Professor Donna M. Di Grazia, Faculty Executive Committee, Music Department
  • Professor Sharon Goto, Psychology Department, Co-Chair
  • Professor David Menefee-Libey, Faculty Executive Committee, Politics Department

Staff

  • Adriana di Bartolo, Director of the Queer Resource Center and Gender & Sexuality Resources
  • Miriam Feldblum, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
  • Sue McCarthy, Title IX Coordinator and Clery Officer
  • Tiombe Wallace, Consultant/Trainer, Student Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Announcement of Title IX Working Group

September 5, 2015

To: Pomona College Faculty, Staff, and Students
From: David W. Oxtoby
Date: September 4, 2015

RE: Title IX Working Group

Pomona College is committed to providing a safe, caring environment for all students, faculty, and staff in our community. This is ongoing, vital work. We are striving for a community that does not tolerate sexual violence. The College expects investigations into reports of sexual misconduct to be handled with sensitivity, fairness, and timeliness. We want survivors to come forward with confidence and to feel supported, encouraged, and protected. We are committed to providing an adjudicatory process that extends due process to respondents and complainants.

The application of Title IX to the incidence of sexual violence on college campuses is an evolving area of policy and regulation at the federal and state level. Pomona began its work before the first official guidance in 2011 from the Office of Civil Rights (at the Department of Education) to colleges regarding Title IX and sexual misconduct, and has continued its work to meet new guidance and regulations as they are shared. We have also responded to and acted on lessons from within our own community. Our current Discrimination and Harassment Policies and Procedures were written in 2012-2013, and approved by our Board of Trustees in May 2013.

As a consequence of the dynamic changes in the legal environment and because there are lessons to be learned from our own experiences as well as the experiences of other colleges and universities, I have set up a Title IX Working Group to conduct a comprehensive review of the Discrimination and Harassment Policies and Grievance Procedures, with specific attention to procedural, investigative, and disciplinary processes, and of other related support and accommodation practices.  I have asked the Working Group to measure the College’s current policies and procedures against the latest federal guidance and California state legislation, to make sure they incorporate best practices, and to offer proposed revisions to improve and enhance existing support programs, reporting policies, and adjudicatory processes. I ask that this work be aligned with our articulated goals, and  the College’s commitment to provide a safe environment, a robust and sensitive reporting process, and an adjudicatory process designed to be fair to all parties.

The Title IX Working Group will be composed of students, faculty, trustees, and staff (see list below).  I have asked Trustee Joel Feuer and Professor Sharon Goto to co-chair this Working Group. The Title IX Working Group will begin its review this September, with the mandate to review the Discrimination and Harassment Policies and Grievance Procedures and to recommend revisions if appropriate. Those revisions will be brought to the Board of Trustees in December 2015 for consideration.

I want to thank the following members of the Working Group for their commitment to the College community and for their willingness to serve in this capacity.