Civil rights attorney Catherine Spear will assume the newly created position of vice president for equity, equal opportunity and Title IX, Senior Vice President of Human Resources Felicia Washington announced in a Universitywide email Tuesday. Spear will manage USC’s equity efforts and compliance with civil rights laws as the head of the Office of Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX, which will replace and combine the existing Title IX Office and Office of Equity and Diversity. Spear will oversee the investigation and prevention of misconduct relating to legally protected classes, including race, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and manage USC’s Affirmative Action Plan and Equal Opportunity Report. She will assume the role following former Executive Director of OED, Title IX and Office of Conduct and Professionalism Gretchen Gaspari’s departure from the University in June. “By unifying these functions under her leadership, we will be able to combine the existing support, investigation, education, outreach, and compliance functions into one location,” the email read. “This integration should increase the accessibility, consistency, and effectiveness of University’s efforts to promote a safe and non-discriminatory living, learning, and work environment.” Spear previously served as the Associate Vice President of the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights at the University of Virginia, following her role as the first full-time Title IX Coordinator at Stanford University. Before joining Stanford, she worked as the chief attorney and later director of the Cleveland office of OCR for 19 years.“She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, and I look forward to adding her expertise to our team of dedicated campus professionals in helping USC continue to confront discrimination in all of its forms,” the email read. The University signed an agreement with OCR, who will be monitoring the University for the next three years to ensure federal compliance, in February agreeing to carry out nine key reforms. These initiatives include a newly structured Title IX Office and proper centralized tracking of Title IX reports. Other reforms to be reported to OCR by July 15 include the review, training and guidance of Title IX employees. Before Spear assumes her responsibilities in the fall, senior investigator Lauren Helsper will serve as interim Title IX coordinator. As part of its restructuring process, the University will also reform the Office of Conduct and Professionalism, which oversees nonprotected class matters. Gaspari, whose tenure began in 2016, oversaw the Title IX Office amid the fallout of the investigation involving former campus gynecologist George Tyndall, who engaged in the sexual abuse and misconduct of more than 600 women. Following multiple investigations into the University’s handling of Title IX complaints, the Office of Civil Rights under the Department of Education determined the University had “failed” its students in its mismanagement of these complaints and mandated USC provide plans to restructure its procedures and improve its record keeping by April.
Former Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah faces a stiff battle to keep his side Al-Khartoum of Sudan in the CAF Confederations Cup when they take on experienced campaigners Power Dynamos of Zambia away on Sunday.Al-Khartoum won the first leg 1-0 at home two weeks ago and are under pressure not to get knocked out in the preliminary round, but Appiah says he has learned to deal with situations like this.”There is one thing about me; personally I don’t believe in pressure. Most of the time I try to psych my player’s to enjoy the game and give it their best shot,” Appiah said.The last time Appiah was in Zambia, it was with the Black Stars who lost 1-0 to the Chipolopolo, but Appiah says this is a different ball game, especially as he has only just started building Al-Khartoum.”Talking of the Black Stars that was a different team. This is actually a new team that I am trying to build and they are so many lapses but I believe they will give Power Dynamos a very good game,” Appiah said in an interview with Africanfootball.com.The winner of this tie on aggregate is likely to face Gabon’s CS Mounana who lead Zanzibar’s Polisi 5-0 from the first leg in Libreville.
The lawyer representing Musa Bility has again failed to appear before the Tax Court to complete the full payment of US$47,700, which constitutes 25% of US$190,800 tax due government.The money also includes 6 percent interest, according to the Tax Court at the Temple of Justice.Cllr. Theophilus Gould, representing Bility, was expected to appear at the court on October 24 to make final payment of the 25 percent tax debt, but to date Cllr. Gould is yet to do so.Interestingly, the Court is relenting to compel Bility to pay government’s legitimate tax. Bility is the owner of Gulf Trading and Srimex Enterprises and president of the Liberia Football Association (LFA).A similar request was made on August 6, 2012, when Bility’s lawyer assured the court that they were going to pay the amount of US$47,700 which constitutes 25 percent of the total judgment of US$190,800.He has paid US$25,000 out of the US$47,700.At the court hearing last week, Cllr. Gould again pleaded for October 24 to complete the payment of the remaining US$ 22,700.Pleading at the court hearing, Cllr. Gould was heard saying ” Due to arrangements put in place to ensure payment is made on October 24, after which other appropriate measures will be taken to settle the full amount.”However, Cllr. Gould and Bility are yet to appear before the court to complete the 25 percent payment.Their latest action came as a result of a request by government lawyers praying the court to order the immediate closure of the company.In their request, government lawyers contend that because of Bility’s “blatant failure and refusal” to pay its legitimate tax dating from the court’s judgment in 2012 up to present, that his company face immediate closure.In 2012, the court declared the company liable (guilty) in the amount of US$180,000, after Bility admitted to evading tax payments for several years.The case started on May 3, 2010 when government filed a complaint against Gulf Trading and Srimex Enterprises, claiming that the company failed to pay overdue and outstanding duties owed in the amount of US$180,000 including 6 percent interest.Bility admitted to the allegation and made stipulation on how he would pay the money.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)