Vice President of Human Resources Robin Nelson-Bailey was appointed acting campus Title IX coordinator and compliance officer for complaints of discrimination or harassment, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Stew Uretsky announced in an Oct. 31 email to the University community. 

Nelson-Bailey joined the University’s Office of Human Resources in May 2016. 

As acting Title IX coordinator, Nelson-Bailey will oversee “the University’s investigation and resolution of all Title IX complaints,” to the University’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website. She may meet with students, staff or faculty to receive complaints of sexual misconduct and gender bias. 

In the existing protocol, students reporting allegations of sexual misconduct are instructed to fill out online University report forms, which include an anonymous option and may be found on the website of the Department of Student Rights and Community Standards.

Assuming the role of compliance officer, Nelson-Bailey will also be accepting reports from community members, in accordance with the University’s Non-Discrimination and Harassment Policy. The policy states, “it is essential that Brandeis be free from discrimination or harassment related to race, color, ancestry, religious creed, gender identity and expression, national or ethnic origin, sex or sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, military or veteran status or any other category protected by law.”

Students, staff and faculty with allegations of discrimination by a staff or faculty member are asked to report to Nelson-Bailey directly by email or phone. Reported allegations of discrimination by a student or graduate student are to be directed to the Office of Student Rights and Community Standards. 

“As a reminder, Brandeis community members are encouraged to come forward personally with their reports. However, the University will also review and respond to anonymous complaints to the extent feasible,” Uretsky wrote in the email, also mentioning that anonymous report allegations of misconduct are accepted through the University’s 24-hour Confidential Complaint Hotline.

Nelson-Bailey will serve as acting coordinator indefinitely, as the position of director of human resources — the administrator responsible for employee relations, employment and Title IX — remains vacant. 

—Michelle Dang