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Hendrix Hires New Title IX Investigator, Education Coordinator

CONWAY, Ark. (August 13, 2018) – Dr. Allison L. Vetter has been named Title IX Investigator and Education Coordinator at Hendrix College. 

Vetter will be responsible for investigating alleged sexual misconduct and gender-based discrimination, with a focus on cases involving student respondents. She will also coordinate educational programming and mandatory annual training for students to ensure that every student on campus understands how to be an active bystander as well as their rights and responsibilities as they relate to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. It states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

“Gender-based discrimination and misconduct and sexual assault are serious challenges for colleges and universities across the country,” said Hendrix President Bill Tsutsui. “Hiring Dr. Vetter is a significant step for our community toward addressing these issues directly and effectively. Her expertise and experience will ensure these topics are part of an ongoing conversation about how we all can make Hendrix a safer and stronger community.” 

Vetter, a Conway resident, comes to Hendrix from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, where she served as Title IX Coordinator, chair of the school’s Institutional Review Board, and tenured sociology professor. Prior to joining Henderson State, she taught sociology at the University of Central Arkansas. Vetter is an alumna of Doane University (formerly Doane College) in Crete, Nebraska, and received her master’s degree and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. 

“I am excited to bring my experience in investigations, policy development, and education programs to the Hendrix community and look forward to working with the entire campus as we navigate the complex and often shifting landscape that is Title IX,” said Vetter. “I am encouraged by the Administration’s commitment to providing support and, most important, the opportunity to be heard to those students who may find themselves involved in what is typically an uncomfortable, confusing, and often scary process.” 

Vetter will start her work at Hendrix on Monday, August 20.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit