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Title IX Team

The University of Tennessee Title IX model provides a comprehensive community approach to the institution’s Title IX responsibility. Under the direction of the Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX team members, housed in critical areas across campus, work collaboratively to educate the campus community, prevent incidents, support those in need, and address Title IX–related concerns.

The Title IX team consists of the Title IX coordinator, deputy Title IX coordinators, and investigators.


Ashley Blamey

Ashley Blamey

Title IX Coordinator
Ashley Blamey
Office of Title IX
1817 Melrose Avenue
865-974-9600

The University’s Title IX Coordinator reports directly to the Chancellor and is responsible for coordinating university efforts to comply with and carry out our responsibilities under Title IX, including promptly, thoroughly, and equitably investigating and resolving reports of prohibited conduct to eliminate prohibited conduct, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects.

Reports or complaints of prohibited conduct or any other kind of sex discrimination, or questions about the university’s policies, procedures, resources, or programs concerning any of those issues, may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator or other Title IX officials, who are trained and accessible to members of the university community for consultation and assistance. Ashley is also a member of the University’s Commission for Women.


Johnathan Murph

Johnathan Murph

Administrative Specialist
Johnathan Murph
Office of Title IX
1817 Melrose Avenue
865-974-9600

The Title IX Administrative Specialist serves as the first point of contact for students, faculty, and staff who call or visit the Office of Title IX. Johnathan works to create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for all individuals who seek services through the office.


Laura R. Bryant

Laura R. Bryant

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Prevention, Training, and Evaluation
Laura R. Bryant
Office of Title IX
1817 Melrose Avenue
865-974-9600

The Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Prevention, Training, and Evaluation reports directly to the Title IX Coordinator and provides oversight of all student, faculty, and staff prevention, training and evaluation related to Title IX. The Deputy Title IX Coordinator works closely with students who have been accused of prohibited conduct to offer care and support, while providing supportive measures to ensure the safety of those involved, as well as the campus community. Laura is also a member of the University’s Commission for LGBT People and serves on the Equity & Climate Subcommittee.


Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Support
Sarah Thomas

Office of Title IX
1817 Melrose Avenue
865-974-9600

The Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Support reports directly to the Title IX Coordinator and works closely with students, faculty, and staff who have reported prohibited conduct to offer care and support and information on filling a formal complaint.


Katrice Morgan

Katrice Morgan

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the Office of Equity and Diversity
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor and Director, Office of Equity and Diversity
Katrice Morgan

1840 Melrose Avenue
865-974-2498

The Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty and Staff Investigations reports directly to the Vice Chancellor for Equity and Diversity. The Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty and Staff Investigations assists to ensure Policy compliance for investigations involving faculty and staff respondents. Investigators work as neutral parties in the investigations and comply with the processes and procedures set forth in the Policy on Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking to conduct prompt and thorough investigations.

Jillian Paciello

Jillian Paciello

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Law Enforcement and Clery Compliance and Clery Compliance Coordinator
Jillian Paciello
University of Tennessee Police Department
1101 Cumberland Avenue
865-974-0544

The Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Law Enforcement and Clery Compliance monitors and ensures Clery Act compliance at the university and is also responsible for preparing, publishing, and distributing the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. She is also responsible for identifying and training institutional campus security authorities, gathering crime and disciplinary referral data from various internal and external sources, and submitting the university’s annual crime statistics to the US Department of Education.


Tara Brooks

Tara Brooks

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Intercollegiate Athletics and Director of Internal Operations and Special Projects
Tara Brooks
Brenda Lawson Athletic Center
1551 Lake Loudoun Boulevard
865-974-6122

The Deputy Title IX Coordinator for intercollegiate Athletics reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor and Director of Athletics. She assists with compliance efforts regarding gender equity in Athletics, assists with creation and implementation of the Athletics Prevention Plan, and receives reports of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct. She also provides information to student-athletes, coaches, and other athletics staff about Title IX to help raise awareness about sexual misconduct and its prevention.


Michelle Buck


Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Investigations
Michelle Buck
Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards
409 Student Services Building
865-974-3171

The Deputy Title IX Coordinator of Student Investigations reports directly to the Director of the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards. The Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Investigations assists to ensure Policy compliance for investigations involving student respondents. Investigators work as neutral parties in the investigations and comply with the processes and procedures set forth in the Policy on Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking to conduct prompt and thorough investigations.


Kelly Mihalik

Kelly Mihalik

Title IX Investigator
Kelly Mihalik
Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards
409 Student Services Building
865-974-3171

Investigators work as neutral parties in the investigations and comply with the processes and procedures set forth in the Policy on Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking to conduct prompt and thorough investigations. They assist in resolving complaints of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, stalking, and retaliation involving student respondents at the university.