Princeton University Names Title IX Administrator

Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications.
Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications.

Regan Crotty, the director of student life at Wilson College at Princeton University, has been appointed to the new position of Title IX administrator at the school.

Crotty, an alumna of the school, will be responsible for implementing the school’s sex discrimination and sexual misconduct policy. She will support Title IX programming and training on campus; and investigate student, faculty and staff cases. She will also prepare documentation for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. The federal Title IX statute prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex under any education program or activity receiving federal funds.

“We are very pleased that Regan Crotty will be taking on the responsibility of coordinating the University’s response to sexual misconduct and Title IX,” said Michele Minter, Princeton’s vice provost for institutional equity and diversity. “She has an ideal set of skills and experiences drawn from her work with students on our campus, as an investigator, and as a lawyer in private practice. The University is committed to providing a safe, supportive community, and Regan is particularly well suited to lead our efforts.”

Before beginning her assignment at the Wilson residential college in November 2012, Crotty worked as the school’s first external investigator for the office of the vice president for campus life, looking into allegations of student violations of school policies and preparing cases for disciplinary hearings. She also conducted investigations of student, faculty and staff Title IX grievances.

She was interim executive director for planning and administration in the office of the vice president for campus life from March to August of 2012.

From 2003 until coming to the University, she was a general litigation associate at Dechert LLP. She handled class action, employment, and civil rights cases, among others.

“I am eager to begin working as Title IX administrator,” Crotty said. “I know that our students, faculty and staff are committed to a Princeton that is welcoming and inclusive for all members of the community, and I look forward to supporting these efforts.”

Crotty is a member of Princeton’s Class of 2000 and received a law degree from the University of Chicago in 2003. She will begin her new duties working part-time for the office of the provost, reporting to Minter, as of Dec. 1 and transition fully in mid-January.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights concluded an investigation of Title IX complaints filed against Princeton in 2010 and 2011. The investigation found that the school violated Title IX in its handling of sexual assault cases by favoring the rights of accused students over those of their reported victims. The school revised its policies and procedures and reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education addressing compliance concerns.