Kristen Kreple, who previously spent more than four years at Marquette University as Title IX coordinator, is returning to the university in a similar role — Title IX coordinator and director of student civil rights compliance — beginning Monday, Nov. 27.
“I am so excited to return to Marquette, a place that means so much to me,” Kreple said. “I look forward to working with the Title IX team to foster a safe and equitable environment for all in the university community.”
Marquette’s Title IX coordinator and director of student civil rights compliance is the university official responsible for coordinating Marquette’s efforts to comply with Title IX, which prohibits sex-based harassment and discrimination. The role has been expanded to coordinate Marquette’s efforts to comply with federal laws ensuring equal access to education and all associated regulations such as Title VI, the ADA/Section 504, ADEA and Veteran status with regard to students.
The Title IX coordinator and director of student civil rights compliance oversees and is supported by three Title IX deputy coordinators.
“We are thrilled Kristen has returned to Marquette in the newly created compliance role,” said Dr. Chris Navia, vice president for inclusive excellence. “Kristen’s commitment and dedication to making Marquette a welcoming community was at the heart of her leadership during her previous time on campus.”
Kreple returns to Marquette from New England-based law firm Bernstein Shur. Before her previous term serving as Marquette’s Title IX coordinator in 2019–23, Kreple had worked in a similar Title IX role at Stanford University from 2015-18.
During her career, she also held a variety of positions in Washington, D.C. She was federal relations counsel for the American Association for Justice during 2013–15; counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl during 2009–13; and worked as an attorney-adviser for the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education in 2008–09.
Kreple received her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In 2021, Kreple was named to BizTimes Milwaukee’s list of Notable Women in Education.
How Title IX facilitates accountability for a welcoming culture
Marquette is committed to fostering a learning environment that is safe, conducive to academic success and supportive of healthy personal development for all members of the campus community. Everyone on Marquette’s campus shares responsibility for maintaining this environment by following university policies, including the Marquette University Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct policy, and exemplifying respect for others as communicated through our Statement on Human Dignity and Diversity.
To report an incident of sexual harassment (including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking) or sex discrimination involving a Marquette University student, faculty member, staff member or visitor, contact the Title IX coordinator or any of the deputy Title IX coordinators, whose information can be found on the Title IX webpage. Additionally, all Marquette employees who are not designated as “confidential resources” under the policy are mandatory reporter employees responsible for elevating potential incidents to the Title IX coordinator.
All victims are entitled to resources and other support from the university regardless of whether the victim wishes to file a formal complaint with the Title IX Office or the police.