Prior to the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter, an increase of complaints were filed with the Office of Civil Rights from female survivors who indicated their institution failed to protect them when acts of sexual misconduct occurred on campus. The 2011 Dear Colleague Letter required all institutions to alter and update their sexual misconduct policies, survivor resources, and investigation processes in addition to providing prevention and appointing a trained Title IX Coordinator/response team. This shift in investigation response from institutions when sexual misconduct incidents have been filed has led, in some cases, to disproportionate support for females and unfair treatment of accused male students. Nationwide, institutions of higher education are being sued by accused male students for failure to provide standard due process or equitable hearings. This webinar will address best practices in providing gender equitable practices in sexual misconduct investigations.
Jennifer Forry, Interim Dean of Student Affairs
Jennifer Forry is the Dean of Student Affairs at Newbury College where she serves on the College's Title IX Team. She founded and chairs the College's Resource, Outreach, Prevention, and Education (ROPE) Committee which works to provide education and prevention of sexual assault on campus. Jennifer holds three Title IX certifications from the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA). She is a doctoral student at Regis College in the Higher Education Leadership program where her research is focused on gender equity in Title IX Investigations. In 2016 she was awarded the Academic Excellence award from the New England College Personal Association for her doctoral research. She holds a Master's degree in higher education administration from Suffolk University and a Bachelor of Arts from Franklin Pierce University. She is a Past President of the Boston College Housing Association and the Massachusetts College Housing Association.