Stanford University has named a new head for its embattled Title IX Office: Catherine Glaze, associate dean for student affairs at Stanford Law School, who has served as interim Title IX coordinator since October.
The Title IX office is charged with upholding federal gender-equity law Title IX by overseeing the reporting, investigating and adjudication of student complaints of sexual assault, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, stalking and relationship violence. Stanford first formed the office in May 2014 and appointed its first-ever dedicated Title IX coordinator, Catherine Criswell, at the same time. Criswell stepped down after a little more than a year on the job, before the current academic year started.
Stanford has been under intense scrutiny for its handling of sexual-assault cases in recent years, both locally, by its own student body, and beyond. The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights is currently investigating the university for four Title IX complaints filed by students, including two who allege they and two other female students were sexually and physically assaulted by the same male student who graduated in 2014. Glaze served as a Title IX investigator in that case.
Glaze, a Stanford alumna, has been at the Law School since 2000. She has also served several roles related to her new position chair of the university's Board on Judicial Affairs, which oversees campus policies on student conduct; sexual-harassment adviser in the Law School; member of the Grievance Advisory Board, which hears employee grievances; and a university investigator on a variety of Title IX and Sexual Harassment Policy Office matters, the university said in a press release.
Glaze previously was an attorney in private practice and held instructional and administration roles at Golden Gate University School of Law.
"Making our campus safe and welcoming for all members of our community is important work, and I'm honored to have a part in that work," Glaze said in a statement. "I'm committed to processes that are effective and fair, and that are perceived that way by students. My approach is one that seeks to build trust with students, that is neutral and objective, and that seeks to work effectively with everyone in the process and ensure all voices are heard."
Glaze will oversee what is now a four-member office with the additional hirings of a second investigator, Kristen Kreple, who joins investigator Mark Zunich and administrative officer Miranda Tuttle, the university said.
The university also named Carley Flanery as the new permanent director of the SARA Office (Office of Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse Education & Response). Flanery joined the office last February as assistant director.
The SARA Office oversees campus-wide education and training about sexual and relationship violence, in partnership with other bodies on campus.
"The office works to promote healthy, empowered and consensual relationships at Stanford and to connect students with resources that may be helpful to them," the university press release states.
Flanery came to Stanford from the University of Michigan, where she obtained master's degrees in public health and social work in addition to her undergraduate degree. She coordinated a number of prevention and education programs for students at Michigan, according to Stanford, using a public health perspective to address dating and relationship violence, sexual and gender-based violence, stalking and other behaviors.
"My first priority is to be a resource to students," Flanery said in a statement. "No matter where they're at, what they know or what experiences they've had, I am here to empower them, to answer their questions and to help them get the support they need.
"It's also my goal to help students develop the skills they need to have fun, enjoyable experiences that are also safe experiences a positive framework for prevention education."
The SARA Office, which student-activists have urged in recent years to be more fully staffed, now also has an administrative associate, Magaly Tapia, and is in the process of hiring an additional staff member who will serve as a coordinator of prevention education and training, the university said.
The Palo Alto Weekly has created an archive of past news articles, social media reaction and other content related to ongoing sexual-assault issues at Stanford University. To view it, go to storify.com/paloaltoweekly.