Officials tap interim Title IX director and coordinator for permanent position

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Reynolds first joined GW in 2018 as a Title IX investigator.

Officials appointed the interim Title IX director and coordinator to the permanent position in April, officials announced Wednesday.

Asha Reynolds, who initially joined GW in 2018 as a Title IX investigator, replaced Rory Muhammad, the former Title IX coordinator who left the position in October, according to his LinkedIn profile. Reynolds previously worked as the assistant director of equity compliance and Title IX coordinator at Bowie State University and served as the managing attorney for the Sexual Assault Legal Institute under the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, according to a University release.

The release states that Reynolds received an undergraduate degree from American University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Reynolds said in the release that the the University’s Title IX Office, which is housed under the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, has continued to work to provide a harassment-free environment to the GW community during the COVID-19 pandemic and increase its accessibility and transparency.

She said in the release that Title IX cases during the pandemic have been more “complex” because the office has conducted work remotely throughout the academic year. She said the Title IX office has also been working to determine what pandemic operations they plan to continue when they return to in-person work, according to the release.

She said in the release the office will work respond to any potential changes President Joe Biden’s administration may make to federal Title IX policy.

“My vision for the future of the Title IX Office has to be consistent with the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IX regulations and guidance as well as federal law governing our work,” Reynolds said in the release. “We may have to respond to the changes that the Biden administration has in the works, including potentially updating our policy.”

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