Assistant VP of Campus Life and Dean of Students Rob Hradsky chairs the Sexual Assault Working Group (SAWG). The Group is charged with (1) ensuring continuity in sexual assault prevention commitments and (2) continuing to shape AU’s intervention strategies consistent with the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault and the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2013. The committee’s work is transparent, as are the data gathered on students’ experiences with sexual violence and on the effectiveness of the measures we implement. Recommendations formulated by Student Government are integrated into the SAWG agenda.
In 2015-16, the Sexual Assault Working Group:
Completed the EverFi Sexual Assault Diagnostic Inventory and invited a consultant from Everfi to meet with SAWG members and others to share the results and to discuss strategic priority areas for improvement.
Based on recommendations from EverFi, the SAWG Assessment Committee contacted local organizations who support survivors of sexual assault with primary health care services to determine the number of AU students served by their respective organization.
Analyzed Think About It data to determine the utility of the survey results for the purposes of assessment; highlighted key findings.
Conducted a longitudinal evaluation of the StepUp Bystander Intervention Program.
Analyzed EmpowerAU data and made recommendations for future enhancements for program.
Hosted two Town Hall Meetings. The fall 2015 forum showcased results from Dr. Jane Palmer’s Biennial Survey of Sexual Violence, Dating Violence, and Bystander Intervention. The spring 2016 forum featured the results of the EverFi Sexual Assault Diagnostic Inventory presented by EverFi consultant, Kimberley Timpf. Marketed Town Hall Meetings on Facebook and through e-mail communications to staff and students.
Hosted “Data and Donuts” during Sexual Assault Awareness Month to share results of Palmer Survey and encourage university engagement with issues of interpersonal violence.
Reviewed the Honesty and Confidentiality Policies for Student Conduct and recommended changes to the language to make it easier to read and understand.
Recommended revised language to further describe the conditions of being placed on Disciplinary Probation as a Student Conduct Code sanction.
Reviewed the Wellness Center and Public Safety websites and made recommendations for streamlining content and enhancing information on advocacy and support services.
Liaised with Whitman Walker Clinic for input on making services more inclusive for LGBTQ students.
Planned and developed a trauma-informed in-service training for Public Safety.
Created an infographic for OASIS that highlights the departments and offices that also provide survivor support.
Vetted communications approach for sharing Palmer survey data with AU. Results inconclusive for large scale strategy, but information will be shared through pockets of the university as it relates to their particular community (IE: off campus housing and FSL)
Recommended revamped "It's on Us" campaign to launch in 2016-17.
Town Hall Meetings on Sexual Assault Prevention are hosted twice annually by SAWG.
Charge, Steering Committee, and Subcommittee Structure, 2016-2017
Charge: The Sexual Assault Working Group (SAWG) is charged with reviewing the university’s efforts on issues of interpersonal and sexual violence including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. The Working Group will assess current efforts, identify areas for improvement, and make recommendations to the Vice President of Campus Life to ensure that our campus approach is comprehensive, effective, and compliant with Title IX and the Campus Save Act. SAWG is organized into a Steering Committee with five subcommittees focused on student advocacy and support, campus awareness and education, university policies and procedures, outreach and communications, and assessment.
Reports to: Dr. Gail Hanson, Vice President of Campus Life
Chair: Dr. Rob Hradsky, Assistant Vice President of Campus Life and Dean of Students
2016-2017 Steering Committee Members
Faculty and Staff Representatives
Sara Yzaguirre, OASIS
TBD, Wellness Center
Traci Callandrillo, Counseling Center
TBD, Washington College of Law
Kevin Barrett, Public Safety
Katie Porras, Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution Services
Colin Gerker, Fraternity and Sorority Life
TBD, International Student and Scholar Services
TBD, Housing and Dining Programs
Jane Palmer, SPA (Public Admin and Policy)
Jessica Waters, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Athena Argyropoulos, Athletics
Christine Gettings, Center for Community Engagement and Service
Jenn Knowles, Kay Spiritual Life Center
Desiree Francis, Student Health Center
Andrea Brenner, CAS (Sociology)
TBD, Student Government
TBD, Women’s Initiative
Naomi Zeigler, Students Against Sexual Violence
TBD, Student Bar Association
TBD, Graduate Leadership Council
TBD, Residence Hall Association
Brandon Ranallo, Graduate Student
TBD, Law Student
TBD, Student Trustee
TBD, Panhel Representative
TBD, IFC Representative
TBD, Media Board Representative
TBD, AU Club Council (AUCC) Rep
TBD, Undergraduate Student
TBD, Undergraduate Student
Justin Perillo, Office of General Counsel
The full steering committee meets biweekly with subcommittee meetings occurring on alternate weeks. Each subcommittee is charged with 1) assessing the university’s efforts in the assigned area including benchmarking best practices; 2) identifying recommendations to more closely align with best practices, and 3) developing an implementation plan. Each subcommittee is chaired by a member of the steering committee, and steering committee members are expected to serve on one of the subcommittees. Membership on the subcommittees is drawn from both steering committee members and the general campus community.
1. Student Advocacy and Support
This subcommittee will review the advocacy and support services available to AU students and recommend enhancements in this area.
Chair: Sara Yzaguirre, Coordinator of Victim Advocacy Services, OASIS/Wellness Center
2. Campus Awareness and Education
This subcommittee will review current initiatives to create awareness and educate the campus community about interpersonal and sexual violence including dating and domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, and make recommendations for on-going work in this area. In 2015-16, the committee will review the implementation of Think About It and Empower AU, and make recommendations for modifications to these programs.
Chair: Maya Vizvary, Health and Wellness Education Coordinator, Wellness Center
3. University Policies and Procedures
This subcommittee will review the university’s Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy and corresponding policies such as the Student Conduct Code, and make recommendations for enhancements to existing policies and procedures.
Chair: Katie Porras, Director, Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution Services
4. Outreach and Communication
This subcommittee serves as the marketing arm of the Sexual Assault Working Group informing the campus community about SAWG activities, events, and accomplishments. The subcommittee oversees the SAWG website, records and publishes minutes of Steering Committee meetings, and works to promote transparency in the work of SAWG.
Co-Chairs: Colin Gerker, Asst. Dir, Fraternity/Sorority Life; Naomi Zeigler, Undergraduate Student
This subcommittee reviews, analyzes and presents data from campus climate surveys such as the National College Health Assessment, Think About It, and the Biennial Survey of Sexual Violence, Dating Violence, and Bystander Intervention to develop a picture of the AU student experience, knowledge, and resource needs. The data will be utilized to inform the work of the other subcommittees, and to set priorities moving forward.
Co-Chairs: Jane Palmer, SPA, Public Administration and Policy; Brandon Ranallo, SPA Graduate Student