Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

I write to share the news that Maura Smith, Title IX Coordinator and Director of Compliance, has accepted a position as Director of Human Resources within the Athletics Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. While we are very sorry to see Maura leave Richmond, we recognize that this new role provides her the opportunity to return to athletics administration and to grow professionally in a new discipline at an excellent public institution. Maura's last day at Richmond will be February 24, 2017.

Maura began her career at the University of Richmond in 2009, serving as Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance. In that role, she oversaw the University's NCAA athletics compliance efforts and created a robust and effective compliance program. Maura became the University's Title IX Coordinator and Director of Compliance in August 2015 and had primary responsibility for coordinating the University's initiatives to promote compliance with Title IX. Among many accomplishments during her tenure, Maura convened a student advisory board for sexual misconduct prevention and response, supported the Peer Sexual Misconduct Advisors program, and oversaw the transition of the sexual misconduct investigative and adjudicative process from the coordinate colleges to independent investigators and an independent hearing officer.

The University community has been well-served by Maura's integrity, compassion, and commitment to the best interests of our students. On behalf of the entire University community, I thank Maura for her many contributions to the University and its students and wish her all the best in her new role at VCU.

We will immediately begin a national search for the position of Title IX Coordinator and Director of Compliance and will be forming a search committee with representation from students, faculty, and staff. Tracy Cassalia has served as the University's interim Deputy Title IX Coordinator for students since November 2016. Tracy has been and will continue to be the primary point of contact for anyone wishing to report an incident of sexual misconduct involving a student.

Best regards,

Shannon E. Sinclair
Vice President and General Counsel

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