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Overseeing Sex-Assault Cases Is Now a Full-Time Job

Activism and heightened federal scrutiny of how colleges respond to sexual assault have paved the way for the newly dedicated position of Title IX coordinator. The job dates back a few decades—the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX was passed in 1972—but its scope has expanded, especially recently, calling for greater professionalization of the role.

On a growing number of campuses, what used to be a part-time job or an add-on for a faculty or staff member is now full time. In the last 18 months, dozens of institutions—including Franklin & Marshall College, Stanford University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill—have hired Title IX coordinators to handle the evolving expectations and legal obligations regarding campus sexual assault.