Ohio State has named Katherine M. Lasher as the associate vice president for the Office of Institutional Equity, a new, centralized unit responsible for the university’s compliance with Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal and state laws and university policies. The office is within the Office of Academic Affairs, and Lasher will report directly to the provost.
The creation of the office and Lasher’s appointment are the most recent steps taken by the university as part of its regular and ongoing efforts to provide a safe and supportive environment for all students, employees and visitors. A lawyer by training, Lasher will oversee the university’s response to reports of sexual- and gender-based harassment, violence and other forms of discrimination and harassment.
“Our students and employees must learn and work in an environment that is fair, safe and just,” Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron said. “Ohio State is committed to that standard, and Katherine will guide our work to ensure we meet this level of excellence.”
Lasher has been the senior leader of the Office of Civil Rights and Institutional Equity at Central Michigan University since 2013. She will start Aug. 1.