Our Team

Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance

All of the staff within the Office of Investigation and Civil Rights Compliance are Designated Reporters.

Nicole Commissiong

Nicole Commissiong
Associate Vice President, Chief Civil Rights Officer, & Title IX Coordinator
Office of the President

titleixcoordinator@uoregon.edu

Vanessa Crakes

Vanessa Crakes
Manager of Investigations
541-346-3123
vcrakes@uoregon.edu

Gina Van Dusen

Gina Van Dusen
OICRC Executive Assistant
541-346-8032
ginav@uoregon.edu

Zak Beasley

Zak Beasley
Investigator
541-346-8046
zbeasley@uoregon.edu

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Juliana Coons
Investigator
541-346-2533
jcoons@uoregon.edu

Sam Rutledge

Samuel Rutledge
Investigator
541-346-8224
samuel@uoregon.edu

Vivian Wright
OICRC Operations Manager
541-346-2978
vwright@uoregon.edu

Yi-Yi Younkin

Yi-Yi Chang Younkin
Investigator
541-346-2976
yiyi@uoregon.edu

The Office of Investigation and Civil Rights Compliance also retains the services of external investigators as needed and appropriate.


Deputy Title IX Coordinators

All deputy Title IX Coordinators are 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

541-346-3123
vcrakes@uoregon.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator 

Padma Akkaraju

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

541-346-2867
padma@uoregon.edu

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

541-346-3496
cbrady@uoregon.edu

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

541-346-1134
jhoward8@uoregon.edu

Sarah Kutten

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

503-412-3704
skutten@uoregon.edu

Lisa Peterson

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

541-346-5329
lpete@uoregon.edu

Anna Schmidt-Mackenzie

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

541-346-2674
schmidta@uoregon.edu


Appellate Officers for Title IX Student Conduct Processes

All appellate officers are 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


Office of the Dean of Students (Non-Confidential)

The Office of the Dean of Students is a multi-dimensional group of administrators, organizations, programs, and support staff designed to provide resources and spaces for everyone to be supported throughout their college experience. For more information on how the Dean of Students serves students, please visit dos.uoregon.edu. The staff in the Dean of Students offices are a mixture of Designated Reporters, Student-Directed Employees and Confidential Employees. Please look at the individual reporting status of the employee with whom you seek to connect to understand their reporting obligations. You can find out more about Designated Reporters on the Designated Reporter page.


Confidential Resources

Multiple entities comprise the Title IX team including our critical partners that are confidential resources across campus. For a complete list of crisis intervention and support services related to Title IX, including other confidential resources, please visit safe.uoregon.edu/about. To learn more about confidential resources please visit What is a Confidential Resource? page.