Message to the Bowdoin Community — September 17

Dear members of the Bowdoin community,

I write to update you about recent important changes at the College to ensure continued best practices within the areas of gender equity, sexual and other interpersonal violence, and accommodations for those with disabilities.

As many of you already know, Title IX is part of the United States Education Amendments of 1972 prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender in any federally funded education program or activity, including colleges and universities that accept federal financial aid monies and government grants. 

Under Title IX, we are required to designate at least one employee to coordinate our efforts in the areas of education, prevention, and response. At Bowdoin, this legal requirement is truly just a baseline in our ongoing efforts to build an inclusive community and to be vigilant about meeting the needs of students, faculty, and staff. That’s why we are taking additional steps and assigning additional people to strengthen our policies, hone our prevention efforts, and ensure that the many resources dedicated to inclusivity on our campus are available to all. 

Bowdoin’s Title IX Coordinator is Director of Title IX and Compliance Benje Douglas. In this role, Benje coordinates efforts across the College to promote equal opportunity under federal and state laws including Title IX; the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA); the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act; and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); among others.

Assisting Benje with these important duties is a team of Deputy Title IX Coordinators including those representing employees and visitors (Vice President for Human Resources Tama Spoerri); athletics (Associate Athletic Director and Head Coach Nicky Pearson); and academic affairs (Interim Dean for Academic Affairs Jen Scanlon). The Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students will soon be Lisa Peterson ’07, who joins the staff in Student Affairs on Monday, September 21, as Associate Director of Gender Violence Prevention and Education/Director of Accommodations for Students with Disabilities.

These members of our community are fulfilling essential duties for our College, and they have my full support. I am grateful to each of them as they work not only to meet Bowdoin’s obligations under the law, but also to ensure equity, safety, and accommodation on our campus.