Duke names director to handle sexual harassment complaints

Posted December 2, 2014

— Howard Kallem, who had two decades of experience handling issues of sexual harassment in higher education, has been named director of Title IX compliance at Duke University.

Kallem will report to Ben Reese, vice president for institutional equity, who has been serving as Title IX coordinator as part of his vice president responsibilities.

“It made sense to have one individual who could devote their full time to every aspect of this issue, including training, overseeing the process of how we handle complaints and reviewing our policies and practices,” Reese said in a statement Tuesday. “The fact that we've created a full-time position, and brought in someone with Howie's experience and expertise, should indicate that we take this as seriously as anyone in higher education.”

Kallem comes to Duke from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he has served as Title IX compliance coordinator since January 2014. Previously, he spent nearly two decades in the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education, where he specialized in civil rights enforcement and Title IX compliance. Kallem began work at Duke this week.

Reese said he wants Duke to be “a national leader on the issue” and wants Kallem to work with students, faculty and staff to review Duke's Title IX practices and ensure the university has effective policies.

“I’ll do a lot of listening initially, talking with students and others to find out what their concerns are,” Kallem said in a statement. “My title is director of Title IX compliance, but for me that’s just a start. I think we all want to go beyond mere compliance. The goal should be to build an environment that is safe and welcoming for all students and staff, through awareness, education and training.”


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