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Title IX Oversight and Advisory Board


The Title IX Oversight and Advisory Board reviews and makes recommendations concerning Brown University’s policies, programs, and initiatives designed to address sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual violence, relationship and interpersonal violence and stalking. This includes:

  • Meeting at least twice annually with the Title IX program officer and deputy Title IX coordinators to: (1) review progress on programs to prevent sexual and gender-based violence and harassment, including on-line and in-person training and education of faculty, students and staff; (2) review progress in enforcement of the University Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Violence, Relationship and Interpersonal Violence and Stalking Policy; (3) review annual statistics collected by the Title IX office on the incidence of reported cases of sexual misconduct, the characteristics of complainants and respondents (with information aggregated so as to protect confidentiality), and the distribution of the time it takes to move from an initial compliant to its resolution.
  • Conducting a review every three years, beginning in the spring of 2016, of the progress Brown has made in implementing the recommendations of the 2014-15 Sexual Assault Task Force. The results of this review, including recommendations, shall be presented to the Brown University Community Council and the written report shall be made public.
  • Meeting annually with the President to discuss the work of the committee.

Reviews and Recommendations

Every three years, the Title IX Oversight and Advisory Board (OAB) reviews Brown University’s progress in implementing the recommendations issued in the Final Report of the 2014-2015 Sexual Assault Task Force, based on the experiences and feedback of staff, students, and faculty who have worked to implement Title IX related changes.


Regular members shall consist of three faculty members, three staff members, three undergraduate students, two graduate students and one medical student. Faculty and staff members shall normally serve staggered two-year terms. To establish staggered terms, half of those initially appointed will have three-year terms, and half will have two-year terms. Students will serve one-year terms. Students who do not graduate at the end of the first term will be eligible for one one-year renewal.

All faculty, staff and students members are appointed by the President of the University. The President will confer with the Faculty Executive Committee and the Staff Advisory Council in selecting faculty and staff members, respectively. Student members will be nominated by relevant student governance groups. The committee chair is selected by the President.

Ex officio (non-voting) members will include the Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services, the Vice President for Human Resources, and the Deputy Provost.

The full committee includes:

  • Laurel Bestock (Chair), Associate Professor of Archaeology and the Ancient World & Egyptology and Assyriology
    Nancy Barnett, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, School of Public Health, Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences
    Maitrayee Bhattacharyya, Associate Dean for Diversity Programs
    Maggie Goddard, PhD'20
    Ariel Hoadley, MPH'19
    Tau Lee, '19,
    Basundhara Mukherjee, undergraduate
    Anshul Parulkar, MD'18
    Vanessa Ryan, Associate Dean for Student Development - Graduate School 
    Joshua Segui, Director, Brown Center for Students of Color
    Erin West, undergraduate
    Ex-officio members:
    Karen Davis, Vice President for Human Resources
    Eric Estes, Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services
    Joseph Meisel, Deputy Provost