Meet the Staff

Any person may report sexual harassment by using the Title IX Coordinator’s listed contact information. Reports may be made at any time by completing the Sexual Harassment Formal Complaint Form or emailing titleix@vwu.edu.

Title IX Coordinator (TIX) and:

  • Karla Rasmussen, Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator, 757.455.3316, krasmussen@vwu.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinators (DTIX)

  • Heather Campbell, Chief Enrollment Officer  and Deputy Title IX Coordinator, 757-455-3389, hmcampbell@vwu.edu
  • Brandon Elliott, Head Women’s Softball Coach, and Deputy Title IX Coordinator, 757.455.3307, belliott@vwu.edu
  • Sarah Guzzo, Director of Student Activities and Deputy Title IX Coordinator, 757.233.8785, sguzzo@vwu.edu
  • Jason Seward, Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Operational Management and Deputy Title IX Coordinator, 757.455.2124, jseward@vwu.edu

The Title IX Coordinator responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintains and monitors data related to complaints and investigative activities, and provides periodic and annual reports as appropriate.
  • Ensures that the University has in place policies and procedures reasonably necessary to foster compliance with Title IX.
  • Provides or facilitates Title IX training, education and programs, consultation, and technical assistance on Title IX for all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Reviews Title IX policies and procedures to ensure that they are clear and consolidated to the maximum extent possible to provide an efficient resource for students, faculty, and staff.
  • In consultation with other University offices, leads the development and implementation of campus climate surveys.
  • Develops, schedules, and implements regular events hosted by or supported by the University leadership on campus to raise awareness in the campus community about all forms of sex discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual assault).
  • Provides information to employees regarding their Title IX rights and responsibilities, including information about the resources available on and off campus, the formal and informal complaint processes, the availability of interim measures, and the ability to file a complaint with local law enforcement and complaint with the University simultaneously.
  • Maintains and updates content relevant to Title IX for the University’s webpage.
  • Coordinates with representatives from appropriate University departments including Campus Security, Human Resources, Campus Life, as well as local community support, education, health, and law enforcement resources to identify and address patterns or systematic problems under Title IX and assess overall efficacy of coordination among University departments.
  • Monitors, implements, and trains affected areas on matters relating to the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
  • Coordinates and monitors the annual training of staff and faculty who serve as Deputy Title IX Coordinators, those who serve on the Review Committee, Sexual Harassment Board, and Sexual Harassment Committee of Appeals. Annual training is completed through D. Stafford & Associates.

Deputy Title IX Coordinators’ responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Completes annual training through D. Stafford & Associates.
  • Coordinates and executes the University’s prompt, effective, and equitable response to complaints of sexual harassment, including implementation of formal and informal resolution procedures in accordance with regulatory requirements and University policy.
  • Meets with complainants to provide information regarding available on and off campus resources, reporting and resolution options, and interim measures such as issuing a “no contact agreement,” changes in academic schedule or reassignment of housing.
  • Meets with respondents to discuss alleged harassment, provide information regarding available resources, notify them of University policy and procedures, and describe any interim measures in place or those that may be instituted.
  • Coordinates and monitors a prompt and equitable investigatory process in cases of sexual harassment.
  • Provides information to students regarding their Title IX rights and responsibilities, including information about the resources available on and off campus, the formal and informal complaint processes, the availability of interim measures, and the ability to file a complaint with local law enforcement and complaint with the University simultaneously.
  • Attends Title IX education programs to understand best practices as they relate to Title IX and sexual harassment issues.