Montana State University

Jyl Shaffer named MSU’s new equity compliance director and Title IX coordinator

February 16, 2016 -- From MSU News Service

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Jyl Shaffer, Title IX coordinator at the University of Cincinnati, has been selected as Montana State University’s new director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX coordinator, university officials announced Tuesday. She will assume her responsibilities April 15.

As director, Shaffer will serve as the central campus resource on issues related to protected class discrimination, harassment and Title IX. In addition, Shaffer will manage the university’s comprehensive program for Title IX discrimination and harassment compliance and educational outreach for students, faculty and staff. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.

Shaffer will also coordinate and ensure the timely completion of the university's response and investigation of complaints including harassment and discrimination.

She was selected for the position after a national search.

“Ms. Shaffer’s extensive experience will serve her well in this position,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado. “Her work in Title IX efforts at several universities has positioned her to lead Montana State University’s efforts to provide an open, diverse and inclusive learning and working environment. We are delighted to have her join our university.” 

“Montana State University has dynamic faculty and staff and amazing students,” Shaffer said. “I am excited to serve this community and be a part of MSU’s vision for inclusion, diversity and equity on campus and beyond.”

Since 2014, Shaffer has served as Title IX coordinator at the University of Cincinnati, where she oversaw Title IX compliance for three campuses with a total student population of 44,000. She has experience developing campus-wide policies and procedures related to Title IX and overseeing campus-wide educational campaigns. Previous experience includes serving as equal opportunity specialist at the University of Houston; as assistance dean of students for sexual assault prevention and response at Reed College in Portland, Ore.; and as coordinator of victim services with the Vanderbilt University police department in Nashville, Tenn. 

Shaffer has a master’s degree in conflict management from Lipscomb University in Nashville and bachelor’s degrees in history and education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Shaffer succeeds Kate Grimes, who left the university in Oct. 2015 for a position at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. 

Contact: Matt Caires, MSU Dean of Students and search committee chair, (406) 994-2826 or