Jason Casares

Educator, Writer, Consultant
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HOMETOWN: Chicago
ABOUT ME: A Small Glimpse
EMAIL:
jasoncasares@gmail.com


Professional Experience (selected and brief overview)
20 plus years in academia


University System of Maryland, University of Maryland Eastern Shore – Princess Anne, Maryland                                July 18 – Current
Executive Director and Campus Compliance Officer, Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance

  • Coordinates the development, implementation and administration of policies and procedures to ensure compliance with Federal and State law, regulations and rules related to nondiscrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment and sexual violence), equal access, affirmative action and diversity
  • Serves as the University’s Title IX Coordinator conducting and overseeing investigations of complaints in a timely manner related to faculty, staff, students, and visitors
  • Serves as the University’s ADA Coordinator managing employee and student disability accommodations and the complaint process
  • Serves as Chief Diversity Officer for the campus community directing and implementing diversity initiatives
  • Serves as the Fair Practices/EEO Officer for the campus community directing and implementing various components of the University’s equal employment initiatives
  • Provides leadership and guidance to University administration on diversity, inclusion, equity and access issues, gender discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, and disability accommodation
  • Coordinates the development, implementation and administration of policies and procedures to ensure compliance with Federal and State law, regulations and rules related to nondiscrimination, harassment, access, affirmative action and diversity, including the Title VII Civil Rights Act of 1964; Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs regulations on Affirmative Action, Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) of 1974, and the Governor’s Executive Order 01.01.2007.16- Code of Fair Employment Practices
  • Conducts and/or coordinates civil rights investigations, including discrimination, harassment, bullying, and bias issues related to employees and students
  • Coordinates preparation and implementation of the university’s annual Affirmative Action Plan and University, Federal and State reports on matters of diversity, inclusion, equity, and equal access
  • Coordinates and conducts civil rights trainings for faculty, staff and students on issues of nondiscrimination, harassment, equal access, and sexual violence
  • Successfully acquired and manages the Office of Violence Against Women $300,000 grant for prevention and education
  • Manages the SAMHSA $550,000 grant for community wide alcohol and drug education
  • Serves as co-chair of the Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Team managing matters related to mental health, threatening, and disruptive students and staff
  • Supervises the Office of Student Accessibility Services that focuses on student related disability matters
  • Directly supervise five (5) full time professionals


Selected Accomplishments during UMES tenure:

  • Successfully transitioned from 25 plus years of paper files to implement new database
  • Developed, created, and wrote the Policy/Procedures for Sexual Misconduct/Title IX
  • Developed, created, and wrote Policy/Procedure for ADA and Title VII/EEO/Fair Practices
  • Developed, created, and wrote Policy/Procedures for the Campus Behavior Assessment and Intervention Team
  • Revised and updated student conduct procedures to account for Title IX, OCR, and Maryland mandates
  • Developed, created, and implemented multiple diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings for the campus community
  • Successfully completed a full OCR compliance review in Summer 2019
  • Developed a risk management and campus compliance strategy grid for the administration
  • Implemented a Title IX hearing panel structure from a single investigator model, while developing a 40 hour Title IX hearing panel training
  • Created and provided in-person sexual harassment training for nearly 1,000 employees
  • Developed a certificate-based training program on cultural competence
  • Successfully generated funding to acquire 5 additional full-time staff and 2 graduate assistants


Selected Certifications/Trainings during UMES tenure:

  • Title IX Coordinator Certification Level One – Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA)
  • Title IX Coordinator Certification Level Two – Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA)
  • Title IX Hearing Chairs Certification (ATIXA)
  • Title IX Hearing Officer & Decision Maker Certification (ATIXA)
  • Advanced Title IX Investigator Certification – Academic Impressions
  • Comprehensive Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Certification – Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA)
  • ADA Coordinator Certification – ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program (ACTCP)
  • EEO Certification for New Counselors – Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Training Institute
  • EEO Certification for Investigations – Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Training Institute (EEOC) Training Institute
  • Comprehensive Clery Act Training Seminar Certification
  • Standards and Best Practices for BIT Certification – National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA)
  • Case Management and Intervention Certification - National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA)
  • Affirmative Action Planning and Boot Camp Certification – Berkshire Associates


 

Morgan State University – Baltimore, Maryland                                                        
Student Conduct Administrator, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

  • Managed adjudication process from code of conduct violations for individual and student organization cases
  • Addressed complaints related to physical/sexual assault, hazing, harassment, stalking, threatening/disruptive behavior
  • Managed investigations and interviews addressing complex matters at the institution
  • Assist with the development and creation of current Title IX procedures and updates to the code of conduct
  • Created and developed Title IX hearing panel training and managed curriculum development
  • Served as an investigator for Title IX allegations including sexual misconduct, stalking, and domestic violence
  • Served as a university advocate to manage critical hearings
  • Created educational curriculum for Personal Responsibility Seminar to meet Biennial Report requirements
  • Provided leadership with student conduct through adjudication, conflict resolution, and forms of mediation
  • Developed, created, and implemented protocols to work towards a full revision of current processes in student conduct
  • Created innovative approaches to Student Conduct establishing additional revenue to enhance prevention education
  • Provided leadership for behavior intervention, threat assessment, and students of concern


 
IX Solutions Group, LLC                                                                                      
Chief Executive Officer and Owner – www.IXSolutionsGroup.org

  • Lead, supervise, and manage the daily operation of a consulting group
  • Provide consulting services to public and private institutions in higher education – 4 year and community colleges on compliance, student conduct, emergency management, cultural competence, and investigations
  • Provide expert training on trauma-informed interviews and comprehensive investigations for sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic/dating violence, and stalking
  • Provide expert and comprehensive training for Title IX hearing panels
  • Provide expert training on threatening and disruptive students, conducting hazing investigations, and bias related issues
  • Provide expert training on cultural competence, diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion
  • Assist in the creation and development of Title IX policy and procedure writing and student conduct policy/department reviews
  • Assist various institutions with Title IX Audit and Investigation preparation with the Office of Civil Rights
  • Assist various institutions with OVW grant management to improve Title IX work at a local campus
  • Over 2000 investigators trained and over 200 institutions visited



Indiana University – Bloomington, Indiana                                                     
Associate Dean of Students and Director, Office of Student Ethics

  • Led, supervised, and managed the daily operation of the Office of Student Ethics including 15 staff members
  • Provided leadership for behavioral, academic, and organizational accountability
  • Supervised all aspects of the IU campus conduct system for 40,000 plus undergraduate and graduate students
  • Oversee the personal misconduct process including but not limited to high profile matters related to sexual violence, physical assault, distribution of narcotics and threatening or disruptive students
  • Oversee academic integrity process by working with faculty, adjudicating hearings, and interpreting policy
  • Managed Campus Clery Data process for student conduct
  • Served as Deputy Title IX Coordinator
  • Created innovative approaches to Student Conduct establishing over $250,000 of additional revenue
  • Provided leadership for behavior intervention, threat assessment, and students of concern


Selected Accomplishments:

  • Successfully transitioned from 25 plus years of paper files to a current database
  • Revised and updated student conduct procedures to account for Title IX, OCR, and VAWA mandates
  • Successfully completed a full OCR compliance review in Spring 2014
  • Created a 40-50 hour three prong training module for sexual violence cases
  • Developed and implemented student conduct training to account for Title IX, OCR, and VAWA mandates
  • Developed and created learning outcomes, assessment, and evaluation tools for Title IX cases
  • Created an 8-hour Academic Integrity Seminar to address cheating and plagiarism violations
  • Created a 1-hour Digital Millennial Copyright Act Seminar to address illegal downloading and file sharing
  • Created and implemented quantitative/qualitative assessment tools and evaluation components for student conduct
  • Successfully generated funding to acquire additional full time staff and graduate assistants


Recent Awards (selected from 2013-2015 only):

  • Recipient of the Institutional Award of Excellence from the Association of Student Conduct Administration
  • Twice recipient of the Campus of Integrity Award from the International Center for Academic Integrity
  • Recipient of the Institutional Innovation Award from the Association of Student Conduct Administration
  • Recipient of the Individual Award of Excellence from the Association of Student Conduct Administration 
  • Recipient of the Waldvogel Exemplar of Integrity Award from the International Center for Academic Integrity


 
University of Arizona – Tucson, Arizona                                                                   
Assistant Dean of Students, Dean of Students Office

  • Adjudicated disciplinary and code of conduct cases for individual student and organization cases
  • Addressed high profile cases related to physical and sexual assault, hazing, harassment, threatening and disruptive behavior
  • Supervised the Student Advocacy and Assistance Area – works with suicidal ideation, mental health, any sort of student crisis
  • Initiated the development and creation of the Safe Cats Program to address campus safety and the Personal Responsibility Course to address code of conduct violations
  • Initiated the development and creation of the Student Affairs Critical Response Team
  • Created innovative approaches to Judicial Affairs establishing over $100,000 of additional revenue
  • Served as department head and advisor for Associated Students of the University of Arizona
  • Supervised institutional areas including Legal Services, Women’s Resource Center, PRIDE Office, Business Office, Technology and Computing Support Services, Safe Ride Program, Zona Zoo Athletics
  • Led, supervised, and managed the daily operation of 10 staff members during tenure


 
Purdue University – West Lafayette, Indiana                                                            
Assistant Dean of Students, Office of the Dean of Students

  • Oversee the student organization, leadership, and advisor area in the Office of the Dean of Students in the Student Activities Office
  • Adjudicated disciplinary cases and handled conduct for over 725 student organizations
  • Advised student organization officers and advisors in event planning, team building, organizational skills, judicial affairs, and interpretations of policies and laws for over 725 organizations
  • Advised the Purdue Cooperative Council, individual cooperative housing organizations, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Multicultural Greek Council
  • Created standards of excellence for recruitment and retention of student organization members
  • Advised special interest student organizations with emphasis on ethnic and cultural organizations
  • Served as a specialist for the development and implementation of leadership development programs for student organizations and advisors including new member programs and risk management
  • Provided counseling services and drop-in advising for students in the Office of the Dean of Students
  • Led, supervised, and managed the daily operation of 3 staff members during tenure



Texas Tech University – Lubbock, Texas                                                       
Assistant Area Coordinator, Housing and Residence Life

  • Adjudicated disciplinary cases for residential units housing 1,100 students
  • Managed operations of one coed residence hall and two male residence halls
  • Provided direction for student learning and academic success for the first year experience
  • Assisted with the coordination of the administrative, supervisory, and programmatic facets for a co-educational area of three buildings housing 1,100 students
  • Led, supervised, and managed the daily operations of 13 staff members 
  • Recruited, trained, supported, and evaluated residence hall staff
  • Co-Chaired the Diversity and Multiculturalism work group
  • Developed standards of Multicultural Competency for professional staff members
  • Managed and collaborated the Honors Living-Learning and Engineering Success Learning Communities


 
Ball State University – Muncie, Indiana                                                                     
Assistant Director, Multicultural Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs

  • Assisted with the development and implementation of recruitment and retention strategies for students of color
  • Facilitated relationships and promoted the mission of the Center across campus
  • Coordinated a three day summer institute, EXCEL, designed to prepare students for their freshmen year
  • Served as Chair for the Judicial Appeals Board
  • Coordinated the Annual Awards Banquet, Welcome Week events, Cardinal Preview Days, Summer Orientation, and other Admission’s functions for students of color and allies
  • Advised multicultural organizations and LGBT groups
  • Facilitated Men and Women of Color Forums dealing with issues of concern for minority students at a mid-sized four year public institution
  • Supervised graduate research assistant, office manager, and 7 student workers


 
Youth Opportunity Center – Muncie, Indiana                                                           
Counselor/Advanced Child Care Specialist/Team Leader

  • Counseled youth ranging from ages 16-19 in a treatment facility regarding family issues, independent living skills, and physical/mental/sexual abuse issues
  • Utilized conflict management skills during intense residential engagements
  • Trained new staff and counselors for the unit
  • Created and implemented innovative programs in the Independent Living and Apartment Living Program
  • Developed and created treatment plans for youth
  • Co-developed state regulation standards and medication procedures
  • Provided counseling alternatives for at-risk youth in a therapeutic environment