Central Michigan University today announced that Katherine Lasher, Title IX coordinator and executive director of the
Office of Civil Rights and Institutional Equity, is leaving to become an associate vice president at The Ohio State University in the Office of Institutional Equity.
Lasher joined CMU in August 2012 as assistant director of OCRIE, taking on her current position in June 2013. During her time at CMU, she:
- Developed and implemented CMU's first comprehensive
Sexual Misconduct Policy for students, faculty and staff, in collaboration with other offices on campus.
- Led implementation of the first comprehensive online training for faculty and staff on concepts of harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct.
- Developed a comprehensive in-person harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct program for students, faculty and staff.
- Managed creation and implementation for the #ConsentIsCentral campaign to raise awareness of consent and encourage students to create a culture of consent and bystander intervention. Over the past three years, she served as principal investigator on the grant to fund the program.
- Led implementation of the first comprehensive online mandatory training for first-year students on concepts of healthy relationships, consent and bystander intervention.
- Developed and chaired the first
Presidential Title IX Advisory Board.
- Led the initiative to conduct the university's first sexual misconduct campus climate survey.
Prior to joining CMU, Lasher was an attorney with Graydon, Head and Ritchey LLP, a law firm in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she worked in areas including harassment and discrimination; civil rights laws; Ohio's Sunshine Laws; and HIPAA. She also served as a judicial law clerk and adjunct faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, which honored her with the Nicolas J. Longworth III Alumni Achievement award for contributions to the College of Law.
Planning for a national search for Lasher's replacement will begin soon.