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Former Title IX coordinator Joan Slavin no longer at Northwestern

Ben Pope, Summer Editor

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Joan Slavin, Northwestern’s Title IX coordinator and director of the Sexual Harassment Prevention Office, has left the University, University spokesman Al Cubbage told The Daily on Friday.

Amanda DaSilva, who became Northwestern’s deputy Title IX coordinator for students in November, will serve as interim coordinator until a replacement is named and there will be “no interruption in service,” Cubbage said.

“We are grateful for (Slavin’s) numerous contributions to the Sexual Harassment Prevention Office and our campus during the past nine years and wish her the very best in her next endeavor,” Cubbage said in a statement.

Dwight Hamilton, who became the University’s first Associate Vice President of Equity at the beginning of this month, will lead the search for a new coordinator, Cubbage said.

DaSilva did not return a request for comment, and an email to Slavin prompted an auto-response that she had left the University.

Slavin had overseen a number of high-profile Title IX investigations in recent years, including sexual harassment investigations of then-Philosophy Prof. Peter Ludlow in 2012 and of three University Police officers in 2014.

Slavin was also mentioned by name in Communication Prof. Laura Kipnis’ controversial 2017 book, “Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus.”

This story was updated at 6:20 p.m. with comments and information from Cubbage.

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