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FSU Hires Full-Time Title IX Director

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Posted at 2:01 PM, Apr 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-29 10:15:18-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Florida State University has hired a national expert as its new Title IX director.

Jennifer Broomfield will start on June 1, after working for the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she managed the National Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program. Broomfield has served as assistant attorney general in the Florida Attorney General's Office and worked at The Florida Bar.

Broomfield has legal expertise in sexual and domestic violence and will be the university's first full-time employee to solely focus on directing its Title IX efforts.

Florida State is being investigated for possible Title IX violations by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. Title IX is a federal law that ensures education programs and activities do not discriminate against students based on gender, including sexual harassment and assault. The university is under scrutiny for its handling of a rape allegation made by a former student against Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston.

"I am honored that Florida State has chosen me to lead its comprehensive Title IX program," Broomfield said in a statement. "After spending time with students, stakeholders, faculty and administrators, it is clear to me that Florida State is committed to ensuring the safety of all its students, faculty, staff and visitors. I look forward to returning to Florida and working with the community to put this commitment into action."