The Office of Title IX Compliance supports the University's mission of scholarship through the promotion of equity, access, and civil rights throughout the campus community, fostering an environment free of discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, including sexual misconduct and relationship violence.
Office of Title IX Compliance Staff
Director of Title IX Compliance/Title IX Coordinator
Jeff is responsible for overseeing institutional compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, and other federal and state laws and mandates. The Coordinator provides leadership and support to all institutional Title IX efforts including, but not limited to, policy and procedure development and maintenance, investigation oversight, federal and state compliance, prevention, training, and response management.
Jeff joined the Office of Title IX Compliance in the spring of 2020. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration/Criminal Justice from California State University-Chico and his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University in Burbank, CA. Jeff began his career in law enforcement but transitioned to the field of Title IX Compliance in the spring of 2016.
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Amy is the central office manager for the Office of Title IX Compliance, including oversight of the organization of client intake data, maintenance of client intake database, coordination of annual training, and organization and facilitation of budgetary processes. Amy also coordinates data collection and reporting processes to ensure departmental and campus-wide compliance with System-, state-, and nation-wide policies, mandates, and laws.
Amy graduated from Appalachian State University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She worked in the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Compliance for nearly two decades prior to the Office's reorganization.
Title IX Investigator
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Liz conducts neutral fact-finding investigations into allegations of sexual discrimination, harassment, or assault involving students, faculty, staff, or administrators, in accord with federal legislation and guidelines. Such allegations may encompass sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, or the creation of a hostile environment for another based upon that person’s gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. At the close of each investigation, Liz prepares an investigative report that becomes the basis for further University action.
Liz joined the Office of Title IX Compliance in the summer of 2017. Liz also serves as Adjunct Faculty for the School of Social Work. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Tim Koch ("Cook")
Title IX Investigator
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Dr. Koch conducts neutral fact-finding investigations into allegations of sexual discrimination, harassment, or assault involving students, faculty, staff, or administrators, in accord with federal legislation and guidelines. Such allegations may encompass sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, or the creation of a hostile environment for another based upon that person’s gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. At the close of each investigation, Dr. Koch prepares an investigative report that becomes the basis for further University action.
Dr. Koch joined the Office of Title IX Compliance in the Fall of 2018. Prior to this position, he worked as a federal attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in New York City and Chicago. In addition to being a licensed attorney in three states (including North Carolina) and past Editor-in-Chief of Arizona State University’s Law Journal for Social Justice, Dr. Koch holds a Ph.D. in Religious and Theological Studies and a Master of Divinity from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.
Deputy Title IX Coordinators
Director of Student Affairs and Emergency Management/Deputy Title IX Coordinator at the Academy at Middle Fork
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Darron Daniels is the Director of Student Affairs and Emergency Management at the Academy at Middle Fork. He works with the lab school’s administrative team to support and manage the behavioral, social, and academic needs of students, campus emergencies, and implement restorative justice practices.
Darron graduated from Elon University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Communications with a concentration in Criminal Justice Studies. He enrolled in Appalachian State’s Distance Education program for graduate studies in fall 2019.
Dr. Jacqui Bergman
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Management/Deputy Title IX Coordinator
As Vice Provost, Dr. Jacqui Bergman leads policy development, implementation, and assessment, particularly in relation to faculty matters; provides oversight and support for revision and interpretation of the Faculty Handbook; works with the provost, faculty, departmental chairs, and deans; provides a clear understanding of promotion, tenure, and reappointment and other faculty personnel policies; and serves as Academic Affairs liaison on all personnel matters and works closely with the Faculty Senate, the Office of Title IX Compliance and the Office of the General Counsel.
As a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Jacqui works in collaboration with the Office of Title IX Compliance involving all reported incidents of alleged sexual misconduct involving EHRA faculty employees to assist with the initial assessment of the reported incident(s) to help with the resolution of the reported incident(s). Jacqui works with the OTC to coordinate supportive measures for the involved parties (Complainant / Respondent), and to ensure that informal or formal grievance procedures are followed in compliance with the Faculty Handbook, as well as Appalachian State, the UNC system and the State of North Carolina, and policies and procedures.
Deputy Human Resources Director
As a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Angie works in collaboration with the Office of Title IX Compliance involving all reported incidents of alleged sexual misconduct involving EHRA and SHRA non-faculty employees, to assist with the initial assessment of the reported incident(s) and to help with the resolution of the reported incident(s). Angie works with the OTC to coordinate supportive measures for the involved parties (Complainant / Respondent), decisions involving placing employees on administrative/investigatory leave, and ensuring informal or formal grievance procedures are followed in compliance with ASU and State policy and procedures.
Senior Associate Athletics Director / Senior Woman Administrator
As App State's Senior Associate AD/SWA, Makini serves on the department’s executive leadership team and is responsible for overseeing various areas of the department, including multiple sports, student-athlete support, and human resources. She also serves as the department’s liaison to the Chancellor’s office and works closely with the Title IX office, general counsel, student affairs, and other campus groups.
As a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Makini works in collaboration with the Office of Title IX Compliance (OTC) to ensure compliance with Title IX by monitoring the athletics department's efforts for gender equity in athletic opportunities to all student-athletes. Makini also collaborates with OTC to coordinate training regarding Title IX to all student-athletes and athletic staff. Makini serves as a point of contact for reporting incidents of Sexual Misconduct / Title IX related incidents in athletics and ensures all those incidents are reported to OTC.
Title IX Liaisons
Director of the Office of Disability Resources/ADA Coordinator
As the ADA/504 Coordinator and Director for the Office of Disability Resources (ODR), Maranda Maxey is responsible for the oversight of institutional compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other relevant federal and state laws pertaining to individuals with disabilities. The Office of Disability Resources is the designated office to assist eligible students, faculty, staff, and visitors with disabilities by determining access needs and coordinating academic adjustments or workplace accommodations. As a Title IX Liaison, Maranda is the point of contact for the Office of Title IX Compliance related to any requests for disability resources and providing accommodations determined appropriate by ODR.
Interim Director of Case Management
Ellen Grulke supervises case management staff in the Office of the Dean of Students. As a Title IX Liaison, Ellen assists with the implementation of supportive measures related to student safety including incidents involving Title IX / Sexual Misconduct concerns. Ellen collaborates with the Office of Title IX Compliance to ensure case managers offer supportive measures and resources to the students (Complainant / Respondent). The support offered through case management is available to students whether or not they participate in a grievance process, and is provided based on the student's desired level of support.
Clery Act Compliance Coordinator
Bill McGowan is ASU's Clery Act Compliance Coordinator. He is responsible for publishing the University's Annual Campus Security & Fire Safety Report and Annual DAAPP Report. As a Title IX Liaison, Bill collaborates with the Office of Title IX Compliance to ensure all Title IX / Sexual Misconduct incidents reported to ASUPD are promptly reported to OTC. Bill ensures all campus community crimes are accurately reported and published in the Annual Campus Security & Fire Safety Report. Bill McGowan is part of the Appalachian State University Police Department team. Bill assists with the implementation of timely warnings for the campus community whenever a safety concern is detected and ensures Campus Security Authorities (CSA) receive annual training.
Shannon Jordan, Ed.D
Senior Associate Director for Residence Life
Shannon Jordan is a part of the Student Affairs staff that supervises staff in University Housing. As a Title IX Liaison, Shannon serves as the point of contact for the Office of Title IX Compliance involving any Title IX / Sexual Misconduct concerns in housing. Shannon assists with the implementation of housing accommodations as it relates to Title IX / Sexual Misconduct incidents involving students (Complainant / Respondent). Shannon collaborates with the OTC to ensure the Residential Housing staff receives annual Title IX training and incidents of Title IX / Sexual Misconduct are promptly reported.