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USU's Former Title IX Director Resigned Earlier this Month

Herald Journal Tuesday, May. 29, 2018

Utah State University’s former Title IX director, who was removed from the position amid the results of an investigation into the school’s music program, has resigned from employment at the school. Stacy Sturgeon stepped down as of May 18, Tim Vitale, USU’s director of public relations and marketing, told The Herald Journal on Tuesday. Sturgeon was recently listed on the school’s website as an affirmitive action/equal opportunity specialist, but her name there and in the USU directory was later removed. ... But after an outside investigation released last month concluded that USU’s Title IX office “did little” to address claims from multiple former students — who said they experienced sexual assault, gender discrimination, harassment and verbal abuse while studying piano at the university — there were signs that Sturgeon could be on her way out. ... Sturgeon is the latest USU employee to leave after the piano program scandal that also saw the retirement of its director, Gary Amano, a calling for sanctions on USU Professor Dennis Hirst and that an unamed faculty member should not rejoin Youth Conservatory or the Piano Clinic.

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