About the Office
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.
Independent Commission Report
Report of the Special Independent Commission on Title IX Resources and Programs
for the University of Tennessee
Press Release: Independent UT Title IX Commission Submits Report, Recommendations; UT President DiPietro Responds with Actions (June 17, 2017)
Press Release: UT President Emphasizes Commitment to Student Safety (April 1, 2016)