Meet Our Team


 

Kayleigh Baker, Title IX Coordinator & Compliance Administrator

Kayleigh Baker

Kayleigh Baker

Title IX Coordinator and Compliance Administrator

As UNA's first full time Title IX coordinator, Kayleigh is responsible for coordinating the university’s efforts to prevent and respond to sexual assault in compliance with Title IX and other state and federal laws, including the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act. She oversees all programs and processes that may involve gender or sex equity issues including investigations, policy creation and implementation, and prevention programming. Kayleigh also regularly communicates, when necessary, with the University CARE team, Student Conduct, HR, UPD, local law enforcement, Lauderdale County District Attorney's Office, One Place of the Shoals, and other groups as needed.

Kayleigh serves on the Advisory Board for the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA), a membership association for over 7,500 Title IX professionals. 

Kayleigh is available to students, faculty, staff, and the university community for questions about Title IX, including reporting a Title IX related concern or discussing Title IX reporting obligations.

Contact Kayleigh:
kbaker5@una.edu 

Mr. John D. Gurley

Dr. John Gurley

University Investigator 
Deputy Title IX Coordinator 

John Gurley joined UNA in December 2019 and quickly became part of the Title IX team, assisting with investigations in several cases. In December 2021, John joined the Office of Title as a University Investigator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. John serves as lead investigator in most Title IX matters.  

Prior to joining UNA, John was employed with the federal government and taught as an adjunct instructor at several colleges. John's educational background includes a M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling along with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education. John has a passion for helping others and enjoys working with college students. John is a native of the Shoals area where he resides with his wife and two children. 

Contact John:
jgurley3@una.edu 

 

 

Patty Apkarian, Senior Administrative Assistant

Kayleigh Baker

Patty Apkarian

Senior Administrative Assistant

Patty Apkarian joined UNA in 2020 as the Senior Administrative Assistant for the Offices of Student Conduct, Title IX, and the University Case Manager. Patty serves as the first point of contact for those who call or visit the Office of Title IX.

 

The Formal Grievance Process relies on a pool of administrators (“the Pool”) to carry out the process. The pool can be made up of internal or external trained third-party neutral professionals.

Members of the Pool are trained annually, and can serve in in the following roles, at the direction of the Title IX Coordinator:

● To provide appropriate intake of and initial guidance pertaining to complaints
● To serve in a facilitation role in informal resolution or Alternate Resolution if appropriately trained in appropriate resolution modalities (e.g., mediation, restorative practices)
● To perform or assist with initial assessment
● To investigate complaints
● To serve as a hearing facilitator (process administrator, no decision-making role)
● To serve as a Decision-maker regarding the complaint
● To serve as an Appeal Decision-maker
● To provide supportive measures or remedies

 

The following University employees have been trained on the UNA Title IX Grievance Process and the role of an Advisor. Any party (Complainant or Respondent) is able to reach out to these individuals and inquire about their availability to serve as an advisor in a pending Title IX matter.