LCCC’s CARE and Title IX teams present at national conference

Members of LCCC’s Title IX and CARE (Campus Assessment Response and Evaluation) teams presented at the Association of Student Conduct Administrators national conference in February. Jill Koslosky and Jason Ostrowski presented a poster session on the CARE Team’s process.           

What sets the team apart from those at most institutions is the rare working agreement with the local sheriff’s department. The LCCC CARE team is modeled after best practices in the industry and well developed in comparison to most institutions’ behavior intervention teams.

Additionally, Koslosky, Ostrowski, James Miller and Nycole Courtney presented on the LCCC Title IX policy and procedure. To meet the requirements of the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education, and ultimately to make the college safer for students, that team has made some dramatic leaps forward in the past year.  Training for faculty, staff, and students, new policy and procedures, an organized and trained Title IX Team and a campus climate Survey have helped LCCC become compliant and develop programs.

After presenting to 130 conference participants, the team has since fielded contacts from schools including Vanderbilt University and Johns Hopkins University, asking for advice and help with policy re-writing and understanding the processes that worked well at LCCC.

Title IX is a federal law promoting equity in academic and athletic programs, preventing hostile environments on the basis of sex, prohibiting sexual harassment and sexual violence, protecting from retaliation and remedying the effects of other gender-based forms of discrimination.