Dean of Students

Sexual Assault Working Group


Charge, Steering Committee, and Subcommittee Structure, 2014-2015

Charge:  The Sexual Assault Working Group (SAWG) is charged with reviewing the university's efforts on issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, domestic violence, and stalking, especially as it relates to student advocacy and support, campus awareness and education, university policies and procedures, and assessment. 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. 

Reports to:  Dr. Gail Hanson, Vice President of Campus Life

Chair:  Dr. Rob Hradsky, Assistant Vice President of Campus Life and Dean of Students

Contact the Sexual Assault Working Group at

Steering Committee Members

Faculty and Staff Representatives

  • Daniel Rappaport, Wellness Center
  • Tessa Telly, Wellness Center
  • Sara Yzaguirre, Wellness Center
  • Sara Bendoraitis, Center for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Traci Callandrillo, Counseling Center 
  • Sherry Weaver, Washington College of Law
  • Captain Kevin Barrett, Public Safety 
  • Regina Curran, Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution Services
  • Dong Jun Choi, International Student and Scholar Services
  • Lindsay Whipple, Housing and Dining Programs
  • Jane Palmer, SPA (Public Admin and Policy)
  • Kerry Diekmann, Center for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Jessica Waters, SPA (Dean's Office)
  • Athena Argyropoulos, Athletics


Student Representatives: 

  • Sophia Wirth, Student Government
  • Kirby Howell, Women's Initiative
  • Joelle Appenrodt, StandUp AU
  • Winston Pingeon, StandUp AU
  • Julie Herward, Student Bar Association
  • Jonathan Lubin, Graduate Leadership Council
  • Megan O'Toole, Residence Hall Association
  • Brandon Ranallo, graduate student
  • Manuel Valverde, graduate student
  • TBD, Panhel Representative
  • TBD, IFC Representative 
  • TBD, Media Board Representative
  • TBD, AU Club Council (AUCC) Rep   

Resource Person(s):

Justin Perillo, Office of General Counsel

Committee Structure

The full committee will meet biweekly with subcommittee meetings occurring on alternate weeks. Four subcommittees will focus on the key recommendations of the White House report, "Not Alone," issued in April 2014: Student Advocacy and Support, Campus Awareness and Education, University Policies and Procedures, and Assessment. Each subcommittee will be 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.

1. Student Advocacy and Support

This subcommittee will review the advocacy and support services available to AU students and recommend enhancements in this area.

Members: Kirby Howell (chair), Daniel Rappaport, Traci Callandrillo

2. Campus Awareness and Education

This subcommittee will review current initiatives to create awareness and educate the campus community about relationship violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, and make recommendations for on-going work in this area. In 2014-15, the committee will review the online training for undergraduate and graduate students (Haven and AlcoholEdu) and make recommendations to retain the current program or select a new program for 2015-16.

Members: Sara Bendoraitis (chair), Megan O'Toole, Julie Herward, Sophia Wirth, Curtis Burrill, Tessa Telly

3. University Policies and Procedures

This subcommittee will review the university's new Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy and the associated mechanisms for enforcing this policy. The subcommittee will make recommendations for enhancements to existing policies and procedures.

Members: Regina Curran (chair), Dong Jun Choi, Kevin Barrett, Jessica Waters, Athena Argyropoulos

4. Assessment

This subcommittee will review and summarize data collected in spring 2011 and spring 2013 through the National College Health Assessment, data collected through research conducted by Dr. Jane Palmer assessing by-stander intervention programs as part of sexual violence prevention efforts, and additional data available through the on-line education program, "Haven," to develop a picture of the AU student experience, knowledge, and resource needs. Additional resources for data may be identified as the review progresses. The data will be utilized to inform the work of the other subcommittees, and to set priorities moving forward.

Members: Jane Palmer (co-chair), Brandon Ranallo (co-chair), Kerry Diekmann, Joelle Appenrodt, Michael O'Heron, Lindsay Whipple