Title IX Office

Webster is committed to providing a safe learning and working environment for students, faculty, and staff.

Title IX Office's Responsibilities: Webster University is committed to maintaining a safe learning and working environment that provides the campus community with the appropriate process for reporting and redressing individual reports of sexual harassment.

Webster University Title IX Team - Lori Watson and Kimberley Pert

The Policy at Webster

Webster University Title IX Team - Lori Watson and Kimberley Pert

To offer an open learning and working environment, we have created a policy on sexual harassment. Our Title IX office offers support, training and reporting tools to help members of the Webster University community. We have outlined these resources in our policy and encourage our community to engage with our team openly.

Lori Watson, Deputy Title IX and HR Coordinator, left, and Kimberley Bynum-Smith, Director, Title IX and Title IX Coordinator 

Our Team

Kimberley Bynum-Smith has been in her role as Head of the Title IX Office since May 2019. Prior to that, she was the Human Resources Manager at Webster University. Bynum-Smith has 15 years of experience in Human Resources. She served as a Title IX Investigator during her tenure as Associate Director of Human Resources at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She is a 2002 graduate of Webster University, where she earned her BA in Business Administration. Bynum-Smith is enrolled in Washington University’s Master of Legal Studies program and is pursuing a certificate in Negotiation & Dispute Resolution. Additionally, she holds PHR (Professional Human Resources), SHRM-CP (Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional), and ATIXA (Association of Title IX Administrators) certifications, and is a member of The Association of Title IX Administrators, the Society of Human Resources Management, and College and University Professionals Association.

Lori Watson has a bachelor’s degree in education from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, and a Professional in Human Resource (PHR) certification. Currently, she is enrolled in Webster University’s Master of Arts program in Counseling Psychology (Clinical Mental Health). Since 2011, she has had multiple roles in higher education, including case management of academic integrity violations, where she investigated incidences, conducted fact-finding efforts and evidence collection, and witness interviews. In her role as a paralegal at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Lori served on the Enterprise Risk Management Committee and oversaw contract administration. Watson has participated in a variety of legal and human resource training and education, including Clery Act and Violence Against Women Act compliance, Court Appointed Special Advocate Techniques, Interpersonal Communication, Workplace Harassment Prevention and Management, Restoring the Soul After Sexual Trauma, and Understanding Transgender Issues in the Workplace. She is a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants, the Missouri Peace Officers Association, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Association of Title IX Administrators.

Resources for Webster Students, Staff & Faculty

Students: learn how and when to make a report, discover counseling information, find trainings and other resources. We have also compiled information about responsibilities, annual training sessions and counseling for faculty and staff.

Title IX Trainings

The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights requires all institutions receiving federal funds to make publicly available all materials used to train Title IX Coordinators, investigators, and decision-makers. In meeting this requirement, Webster University has provided materials or links to materials starting from the implementation of the new Title IX regulations on August 14, 2020.