Deputy Title IX Coordinators & Appellate Officers

Deputy Title IX Coordinators (Designated Reporters)

Deputy Title IX Coordinators serve an integral function in supporting the work of the Title IX Office among various constituencies and across campuses. Reports of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence can be made directly to Deputy Title IX Coordinators, who will connect students and employees with appropriate resources as well as the Title IX Coordinator. Deputy Title IX Coordinators are Designated Reporters.

Deputy Title IX Coordinators can may also assist with training on Title IX reporting obligations, can serve as a resource for questions and concerns related to Title IX policies and processes procedures, and can connect individuals with accommodations and resources both on and off campus. Deputy Title IX Coordinators meet regularly with the Title IX Coordinator to discuss concerns related to their constituencies and bring important issues to the attention of senior leadership.

Chief Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Vanessa Crakes

Vanessa Crakes, Chief Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Manager of Investigations
Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance


Deputy Title IX Coordinator 

Padma Akkaraju

Padma Akkaraju, Deputy for Graduate School
Director of Diversity and Inclusion 
Graduate School


Connie Brady, Deputy for Lundquist College of Business
Associate Dean
Lundquist College of Business


Jimmy L. Howard

Jimmy L. Howard PhD., Deputy for Undergraduate Studies
Assistant Dean of Students for Prevention and Response
Office of the Dean of Students


Sarah Kutten

Sarah Kutten, Deputy for UO Portland
Director of Students Services 
UO Portland


Lisa Peterson

Lisa Peterson, Deputy for Athletics
Deputy Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator
Athletics Department


Anna Schmidt-Mackenzie

Anna Schmidt, Deputy for Housing
Director of Residence Life and Educational Initiatives
University Housing


Appellate Officers for Title IX Student Conduct Processes (Designated Reporters)

Appellate Officers are faculty and staff tasked to review final outcomes from sexual misconduct student conduct processes on the procedural grounds specified in the Student Conduct Code and Standard Operating Procedures for Appeals.

Appellate Officers serve on a voluntary basis and receive training on Title IX, sexual harassment and sexual violence, procedural due process, and administrative review. Appellate Officers review student conduct cases for procedural fairness and error, potential bias, sufficiency of information, whether sanctions were commensurate with findings, and new information not known previously that could alter the outcome. If you are a faculty or staff member interested in serving as an Appellate Officer, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.

Currently Serving Appeals Officers

Yvette Alex-Assensoh, PhD/J.D., Vice President of Equity and Inclusion
Bill Clever, J.D., Executive Assistant Athletic Director, Compliance
Jennifer Espinola, J.D., Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Law School Dean of Students
John Inglish, J.D., Program Director, Conflict and Dispute Resolution
Heather Kropf, Associate Director of Residence Life, University Housing
Lisa Peterson, Deputy Athletic Director/SWA
Anna Schmidt, Director of Residence Life and Educational Initiatives, University Housing
Kathie Stanley, Associate Vice President/Chief of Staff, Student Life