Response Working Group

The Response Working Group was asked to address how the University can best respond to incidents of sexual assault after they occur. There are current and proposed state and federal legislation, regulations, and guidelines that affect University's response. This group was briefed on the constraints within which the University operates. In recommending actionable steps, the working group was encouraged to consider the following:

  • After some form of sexual misconduct or violence has occurred, what can we do to remove the barriers to increased reporting? What process or practice is most likely to support/encourage the victims in their decision whether or not to report the incident?
  • What kind of support for survivors is most needed both short term and long term?
  • What is the best training for faculty, staff, and students to support sexual assault survivors?
  • Considering the practices that the University adopts to comply with legal constraints, what is the best way to enhance those practices to increase their effectiveness?

This charge may evolve as the working group delves deeper into its topic.




  • E. Franklin (Frank) Dukes, Working Group Chair
  • Hawa A. Ahmed
  • Hanadi Al-Samman
  • Laura D. (Laurie) Casteen
  • Donna T. Chen
  • Anne Clougherty
  • Anne M. Coughlin
  • Heidi L. Davies
  • Kathryn E. (Katie) Deal
  • Margaret B. Edwards
  • Lee W. Eschenroeder
  • Melissa A. Fielding
  • Barbara J. Fried
  • Timothy J. (Tim) Heaphy
  • Kelley B. Hodge
  • R. Christan (Chris) Johnsen
  • David R. (Dave) Johnson
  • Jordan J. Lassiter
  • Kathryn S. Laughon
  • Sherri B. Moore
  • Troy Stanfield
  • Katrina Kernodle Walsh
  • Melvin N. Wilson
  • Phillip A. (Phil) Trella, Working Group Staff
  • Sarah K. Burr, Working Group Staff


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