Jan 16, 2020
In this episode, Courtney has a
conversation with Betsy Smith, a senior investigator, and
consultant at Institutional Compliance Solutions. Betsy brings
another unique perspective to their team, having previously served
as a district attorney and deputy Title IX coordinator for the
University of Tennessee.
Betsy shares about tracking trends
and data to prevent incidents of sexual misconduct; how her
experiences as a student-athlete shape her work today; suggestions
on training student-athletes, coaches and staff; and the work
coming out of ICS going forward in the K–12 space. If you are a
Title IX coordinator in K–12 or higher education, be sure to join
us for this insightful interview!
Key Points From This
- An overview of Betsy’s career
background and her prior role at the University of
- The prevalence of incidences on
campus and the kind of cases she worked on.
- How Betsy became interested in
tracking data and what that entails.
- The impact that tracking data has
on prevention and response on campus.
- Considering general things like
where and when assaults are happening.
- Advice about capturing data and
presenting findings in the most aesthetically pleasing
- Deciding on the next steps once
your data is compiled and well-presented.
- Considering which parties need to
be notified about incidents and general findings.
- What Betsy has learned about
policies and compliance in her new role at ICS.
- Ensuring that policies are
accessible and student-centric.
- Betsy’s passion for
student-athletes and her own journey in this
- Being mindful of the different
needs and schedules of student-athletes.
- Suggestions for Title IX
coordinators who need to investigate athletics departments and
- The lack of Title IX coordination
and training on K–12 campuses and how the problem can be
- Advice for Title IX coordinators
on K–12 campuses: using a checklist for structure and
“What I learned is that tracking
data is the absolute driving force for prevention and response on
campus.” — Betsy Smith [0:12:04]
“There are so many different ways to
do the same thing. I don’t think that I had any idea how many
different ways you could write a policy that could still be
compliant.” — Betsy Smith [0:17:33]
Links Mentioned in Today’s
Betsy Smith on
The Law and Higher Ed
Courtney Bullard on
Bullard on LinkedIn
Title IX University
Topics in Title IX Conference
Dr. Laura McGuire
University of Tennessee
University of Alabama in Huntsville