Director of KU’s Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access resigns
The director of Kansas University’s Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access has left her position.
Jane McQueeny served as the director of IOA, which investigates reports of sexual violence and other forms of discrimination on campus, since its creation in May 2012. McQueeny was the last remaining original staff member of the office, which now has four members.
IOA recommends disciplinary action when a student is found responsible for sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. The handling of sexual violence on campus has faced scrutiny after an article published last fall in the Huffington Post reported details of one student’s experience. That student’s case is the subject of an ongoing federal investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.
McQueeny has accepted a position as general counsel for a Kansas City nonprofit, and her last day as IOA director was Friday, said KU spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson in an email.
Since its creation, IOA has also led the university’s educational programming and sexual violence climate surveys. KU announced last Wednesday that it is creating a four-person office devoted solely to preventing sexual violence on campus. The new KU Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center will serve as the central coordinating office for the university’s sexual assault prevention and education programming.
Joshua Jones, IOA Title IX Investigator, is serving as the interim director of IOA. There is not a timeline on the search for a permanent director, Barcomb-Peterson said.