An Introduction to Title IX by Our Title IX Coordinator

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William Sabio is the University’s Title IX coordinator, who joined HPU last October. He has a background in student affairs and human resources in higher education and in the corporate sector, and he most recently served as the Title IX investigator for Buffalo State College. He also held the roles of assistant director of human resources for compliance/Title IX coordinator at Niagara County Community College in Sanborn, New York, and as the director of human resources for a manufacturing company located in western New York.

He brings to his HPU role expertise in executing a thorough Title IX investigation, as well as providing institution Title IX oversight and compliance. Additionally, he has delivered and developed training in Title IX compliance, consent and inclusion, including train-the-trainer sessions where students lead the discussion with their peers on consent, risk behavior and healthy relationships.

Sabio has a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and a master’s degree in education administration. 

Why were you interested in joining the HPU ‘ohana to serve as the Title IX Coordinator?   
I saw the University’s commitment to fostering a safe learning, living and working environment through its creation of a dedicated Title IX Coordinator position. The HPU community is much like a family, demonstrating the importance of “always doing the right thing” with much care and concern for students. We work collectively, embracing the Hawaiian values, of aloha, pono and kuleana. Title IX compliance blends seamlessly with who we are as an institution.
 

What is Title IX?
Established in 1972, Title IX’s original purpose was to create gender fairness and balance in sports, ensuring that educational institutions receiving federal funds are demonstrating equitable treatment and benefits.

In 2011 and in 2014, the law and guidance expanded further to include protections addressing reports of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, gender discrimination, or sexual harassment. HPU has a responsibility to address the incident and to establish a remedy and prevention of reoccurrence.      

Although women are statistically more impacted by Title IX violations (1 in 5 women), Title IX guidance, recognized in HPU’s Sexual Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy, protects the entire campus community, regardless of a person’s gender, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, gender identity, or sexual orientation. And if a Title IX incident is reported at HPU, our university is committed to a neutral investigation and we exercise due process. The rights of both parties — the victim and the accused — are respected.

Are there any new initiatives in your area?
Next week we launch “Title IX Tuesdays” via the HPU social media channels, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Stay tuned to learn something new about Title IX. I’m also continuing to look at processes and procedures and most importantly training and education outreach to best serve our community.

For more information on Title IX and for contact information for our Title IX Coordinator and the Deputy Title IX Coordinators, go to: www.hpu.edu/about-us/information/title-ix.html