UNC names new Title IX compliance coordinator

Nov. 05, 2013 @ 12:28 PM

Howard Kallem has been named UNC-Chapel Hill's new Title IX compliance coordinator. He will start the job Jan. 2, after serving as chief regional attorney of the D.C. Enforcement Office for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Kallem is a recognized expert in Title IX compliance, according to an announcement sent to the campus community by Brenda Richardson Malone, UNC-Chapel Hill's vice chancellor for human resources.

As Title IX compliance coordinator, Kallem will coordinate the university’s compliance with statutory requirements under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.

Kallem also will oversee campus-wide education, training and outreach around Title IX issues and coordinate the university’s responses and investigations into Title IX complaints.

He will report to Malone, who is serving as interim equal opportunity/ADA director until that position is filled.

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt has expanded the resources available to support Title IX compliance by creating a new position that will focus on direct student engagement and programming, as well as an additional Title IX investigations position. These positions will be open for recruitment in the near future. 

Christi Hurt, who on leave as director of the Carolina Women's Center, has served as interim Title IX coordinator since April and will continue as interim coordinator until Kallem’s arrival.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is responsible for ensuring civil rights enforcement and compliance with Title IX as well as other federal nondiscrimination legislation. Kallem has more than 19 years of experience with OCR, as well as 14 years of experience with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, according to the UNC announcement.

He also has worked in higher education as a senior equal opportunity specialist at George Mason University. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a JD degree from Catholic University School of Law.

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