CHAPEL HILL — As federal investigations continue into UNC-Chapel Hills handling of sexual assault cases, the university has hired a government attorney to oversee compliance with federal anti-discrimination law.
Howard Kallem is the chief attorney with the District of Columbia regional office in the U.S. Department of Educations Office for Civil Rights the agency that is investigating UNC-CHs handling and reporting of sexual assaults. He starts the job at UNC-CH Jan. 2 as Title IX compliance coordinator.
Kallem has 19 years of experience with OCR, which aims to ensure civil rights enforcement and compliance with Title IX, the law that prohibits gender discrimination in education. He also had 14 years of experience with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He has a law degree from Catholic University and a bachelors degree State University of New York at Binghamton.
The university also will create two new positions to be overseen by Kallem one to focus on student programs and an additional investigator of Title IX cases, according to a campus-wide email Friday from Brenda Malone, vice chancellor for human resources.
Kallem will replace Christi Hurt, who served as the interim Title IX coordinator, and has led the work of a campus task force that is forming policy recommendations for the university.