Cockett announces changes in USU’s Title IX office

LOGAN – As part of a reorganization of the Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity (AA/EO) Office at Utah State University, President Noelle Cockett announced Wednesday that USU will look to hire a new Title IX coordinator and that former Logan City Police Department Detective Scott Bodily will serve in the interim position.

Not named in the letter is Stacy Sturgeon, who held the position of Title IX coordinator. The announcement comes after an investigation looked into multiple sexual misconduct, sexual harassment and gender discrimination allegations within the school’s piano program dating back to 1994. In a press conference earlier this month, Cockett said the investigation found numerous complaints about former Professor Gary Amano and three others.

Many of the incidents, the investigation revealed, weren’t taken seriously.

The changes were announced in an email to faculty, students and staff. In addition to a new Title IX coordinator, Cockett also announced additional staff, including a prevention specialist.

“These changes will help us more effectively prevent future sexual misconduct and discrimination, thereby enhancing the safety of our campus,” she wrote.

Even before the allegations in the music department came to light, the university was receiving criticism for its handling of other Title IX cases.

After seven years as a detective with the Logan Police Department, Bodily became an AA/EO Specialist at USU in March 2017.

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