UT Title IX Commission holds first meeting

The special independent commission created to review the University of Tennessee’s Title IX programs met Thursday in Nashville for the first time since UT President Joe DiPietro named the members in early September.

The commission was created after the university settled a federal gender discrimination lawsuit for $2.48 million earlier this year with eight unnamed women. 

Thursday's meeting was not open to the public, and none of the commission's future meetings will be either. In a press release, members of the commission said they are committed to ultimately sharing their process, findings and recommendations.

The Nashville law firm Neal & Harwell is working with the commission.

When DiPietro appointed the commission members, he initially said they would present a report within six months.

"That date is a target; the goal though is to get this right however long it takes," DiPietro said at Thursday's meeting, according to a press release.

The selected members of the commission are as follows:

Stanley Brand, senior counsel Akin & Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Washington, DC; Elizabeth Conkline, Associate Vice President of the Office of Institutional Equity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, the University of Connecticut; Janet Judge, President, Sports Law Associates, LLC, Boston, MA; and Bill Morelli, Morelli Law PLLC. Franklin, TN.

The Commission will meet again in Nashville Nov. 29 and 30.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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