In September 2016, University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro appointed a special independent commission to review and address Title IX compliance across the UT System. The commission, comprised of four nationally recognized experts in Title IX compliance, conducted a detailed review of existing policies, protocols, and resources systemwide. The group reviewed documents; conducted 65 interviews and follow-up conversations with 52 administrators and staff; hosted a series of focus group discussions and listening sessions with students on campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Martin; and met multiple times without any official UT presence.

A key recommendation of the commission report was the creation of a systemwide Title IX office. As a system-level coordinating presence, the office is responsible for tracking best practices and legal developments; collaborating with other UT Title IX officials in policy evaluation and development; measuring program effectiveness; identifying optimal training, prevention, and awareness-building efforts and resources for their implementation; and annual reporting on the frequency and nature of incidents and complaints.