Regan Crotty '00 appointed Princeton's inaugural full-time Title IX Coordinator| Nov 24, 2014
Regan Crotty ’00 has been appointed to the new full-time position of Title IX Coordinator of the University, according to an email sent by Master of Wilson College Eduardo Cadava to the Wilson College listserv on Monday afternoon.
Crotty is currently director of student life at Wilson College and a lawyer by training.
The Office for Civil Rights, the office within the Department of Education that deals with Title IX issues, found the University in violation of Title IX earlier this year. The University had had no reported cases of Title IX violations from 2002-08 but had received 12 since 2009. The University has come to an agreement with the OCR regarding three of those cases and will abide by the new terms, according to a resolution agreement signed this month.
Most notably, the University has agreed to review all cases of sexual assaultadjudicatedin the past three years to address any issues it may find and provide remedies, a review Crotty will most likely have to oversee in her new role. At least 11 cases of sexual assault were internally adjudicated by the University in the past three academic years, according to a review of disciplinary reports.
In addition, the University was also looking to hire a part-time investigator for sexual assault cases as of October, part of an overhaul of how internal disciplinary investigations for sexual assault violations are handled.
Crotty did not respond to a request for comment as of press time. Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity and Title IX coordinator Michele Minter also did not respond to a request for comment.
Title IX is part of the Education Amendments of 1972 and states that no person may be discriminated against based on gender under any education programs or activities receiving federal financial aid, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
The role of Title IX coordinator is currently performed by Minter but is not a full-time position. The new position will become effective on Dec. 1 when Crotty assumes duties part-time. University spokesperson Martin Mbugua, speaking on behalf of both Minter and Crotty, said the position is part of the University’s commitment to maintaining a safe environment for all students and handling any cases in accordance with Title IX.
According to Cadava’s email, Crotty will fully transition into her role by mid-January. The Title IX Coordinator will work in the Office of the Provost and will deal with issues related to gender discrimination and sexual misconduct.
After graduating from the University as an English major in 2000, Crotty attended the University of Chicago Law School. She later practiced law for several years at a law firm, concentrating on complex commercial litigation, according to her staff biography.
Crotty returned to the University in 2011 as an administrator, working in the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students. She later became University Investigator and then the Executive Director for Planning and Administration in the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life. In this role, Crotty oversaw issues regarding international travel as well as Reserve Officer Training Corps and Outdoor Action programming, according to the Wilson College archives.
Crotty was appointed the director of student life at Wilson College in the fall of 2012.
The Harvard Crimson reported that Harvard created a new Title IX coordinator position in 2012, while the Yale Alumni Magazine reported that Yale appointed a Title IX coordinator in the fall of 2011.
Wilson College is conducting a search for a new director of student life. Cadava’s email said the University hopes to have appointed someone by the beginning of the spring semester.