Carmen Suarez

Title IX and Sexual Harassment

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance.

The University is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex. The University of Idaho provides many resources to students, faculty and staff to address concerns relating to discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes sexual misconduct.

  • Carmen Suarez, Title IX Coordinator
    Dr. Carmen Suarez, Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs, oversees and provides leadership to the four Title IX deputy coordinators, the trained faculty and staff who carry out investigations, and directs the compliance-related responsibilities and reporting.

    She also leads the University’s efforts in relation to campus culture and climate, with one emphasis being on gender climate and culture, and oversees education and training campus-wide on sex discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, including sexual violence and assault. 


    Carmen Suarez 2Carmen Suarez 
    Title IX Coordinator 
    208-885-4285 
    Admin 104 
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Title IX Deputies and Relevant Responsibilities

The University of Idaho currently has four Title IX Deputy Coordinators All deputy coordinators are knowledgeable about, and will provide information on, all options for complaint resolution related to sexual discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct including sexual violence and assault. 

Together, the coordinators play an integral role in carrying out the University’s commitment to provide a positive learning, teaching and working environment for the entire community.

  • Associate Director, University Housing
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    Amy RossCorey Ray
    (208) 885-5848
    Email

  • Associate Director, Human Rights Access & Inclusion
    This position is responsible for Title IX compliance in matters involving faculty and staff, including training, education, and investigation of complaints, and functions as the Title IX Coordinator in her/his absence.

    The incumbent is the lead investigator, or assigns a designee, when the alleged perpetrator is a faculty or staff member. This position also works with the Associate Dean of Students as an investigator for investigations where the alleged perpetrator is a student. In all instances where the complainant/affected party is a student, referral to the Associate Dean of Students is made for the care and concern process. 

    Amy RossErin Agidius
    208-885-4285 
    Admin 104
    Email

  • Associate Dean for Students and Administration, College of Law

    The Associate Dean for Students and Administration (“Dean of Students”), currently Jeffrey Dodge, acts as a liaison between student leaders and organizations and the faculty and administration. He serves as an ombuds of first resort for student questions and concerns, including concerns about faculty performance. The Dean of Students also handles student emergencies (medical or personal), deals with examination issues other than exam reschedules, coordinates accommodations for students with disabilities, takes care of student requests to take courses outside the College, and advises students on course and career planning. He oversees the Offices of Academic Success, Admissions, and Career Development and addresses student concerns about these offices. As administrator for the Menard Law Building, the Dean of Students also handles concerns about the law building, its facilities, and its equipment.


    Jeff Dodge
    208-885-4088
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  • Associate Dean of Students
    This position is responsible for Title IX compliance when the alleged perpetrator is a student. The role includes training, education, and investigation of complaints; complete reporting and record keeping.

    The incumbent provides information to the Title IX Coordinator of new allegations and the status of investigations, and acts as the lead for educational outreach and process training to students on Title IX issues and to faculty and staff on sexual misconduct including assault in particular. 

    Craig PhotoCraig Chatriand 
    208-885-6757 
    Commons 232
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  • Director for Compliance - Athletics
    This position is responsible for Title IX compliance in matters involving student athletes, coaches and athletic administrators and staff, including training and education, and immediately reports any allegations of policy violation where a student is the alleged perpetrator to the Associate Dean of Students, who begins the investigation process and care and concern for the complainant.

    When the alleged perpetrator is faculty or staff, the immediate reporting is to the Title IX Coordinator, who begins the investigation process and care and concern for the complainant. The Athletics deputy coordinator is also the lead for educational outreach and process training for Athletics Title IX training, notifying and collaborating with the Title IX Coordinator in advance.

    The incumbent serves as the lead for Athletics in Title IX and NCAA Gender Equity compliance, monitors gender culture and climate within Athletics, and facilitates the gender equity committee. In all instances where the student is a complainant/affected party, referral to the Associate Dean of Students is made for the care and concern process. 

    Jessic AtkinsJessica Atkins 
    208-885-0814 
    ASUI Kibbie Dome 
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  • Director, Women’s Center
    This position assists the Title IX Coordinator with assessing UI gender culture and climate, and partners with the Associate Dean of Students in providing Title IX training, in particular about sexual violence and assault. The Director meets with faculty, staff and students who seek out the Women’s Center, providing initial response, care, concern and referral.

    When the alleged perpetrator is a student, the Director immediately notifies the Associate Dean of Students. When the alleged perpetrator is a faculty or staff member, the Director notifies the Title IX Coordinator immediately. In all instances where the complainant/affected party is a student, referral to the Associate Dean of Students is made for the care and concern process. 

    The Director is a trained investigator, and provides relevant educational programming of depth and breadth. 

    Lysa Salsbury Director of the Women's CenterLysa Salsbury 
    208-885-8959 
    Memorial Gym 109
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Know your Title IX

Department of Education Office of Civil Rights
White House Report
Dear Colleague Letter
Not Alone