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Andrea Hayes appointed as interim assistant vice chancellor for Civil Rights & Title IX at MU

According to an official release, Andrea “Andy” Hayes will serve as the interim assistant vice chancellor for Civil Rights & Title IX at the University of Missouri, starting Sept. 1.

The announcement was made on Thursday by Kevin McDonald, vice chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity & Equity. Hayes will replace Ellen Eardley, who announced in July that she would return to private practice.

The announcement goes on to explain that Hayes will be responsible for assuring compliance with all Title IX laws, monitoring university policies related to Title IX, overseeing grievance and equity resolution procedures, and providing educational materials and training for the campus community.

“I’m truly honored and excited to be working for this fantastic educational institution,” Hayes said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to continue to make the University of Missouri a place where students, faculty, staff and alumni thrive.”

Hayes has worked at EdCounsel since January 2016. EdCounsel is a law firm that exclusively represents public school districts in both general counsel and litigation matters across the states of Missouri and Kansas. Hayes previously served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Boone County.

As a prosecutor, Hayes handled the case against Derrick Washington, a former football player accused of sexual assault during his playing days. A jury convicted him in 2010 of deviate sexual assault.

Hayes takes over an office that pointed out earlier this year that rates of sexual assault at MU are “too high for its population size.” The Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Task Force’s report found the prevalence rate of sexual assault amongst undergraduate women was higher at MU than the average of 27 other schools polled.

Hayes is a graduate of Macon High School. She went to the University of Central Missouri, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She also received her law degree in 2004 from Washburn University School of Law.

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