New Jersey Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault Says Student Surveys Would Show Accurate Number of Incidents

Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault members (clockwise, from back row left): Sarah McMahon, associate professor and associate director, Center on Violence Against Women and Children at the School of Social Work, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey;Helen Archontou, chief executive officer, YWCA Bergen County;Charmaine Thomas, assistant commissioner, Department of Children and Families, Division on Women, Division of Family Community Partnerships;Anne Marie Bramnick,Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC;Frank Merckx, dean of students,Drew University;Virginia M. Lyttle, past state president, American Association of University Women-New Jersey (AAUW-NJ);Corlisse Thomas,vice chancellor for student affairs, Rutgers-Newark, The State University of New Jersey;Christina Quin, information analyst, Office of the Secretary of Higher Education;Rochelle Hendricks, secretary of higher education; Co-Chair Patricia Teffenhart, executive director, New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA);Alan Guenther, manager of policy & planning, Office of the Secretary of Higher Education; (Not pictured) Co-Chair Donna M. Barry, former director, University Health Center, Montclair State University

The Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault convened monthly since June 22, 2016 in support of its year-long mission to review policies and craft recommendations about how campus sexual assaults should be reported, adjudicated and – most importantly – prevented.

Each month, the Task Force convened a meeting to tackle a specific topical area related to campus sexual assault. Topics included: Understanding Title IX and the Clery Act; Campus Climate Surveys; and Campus Professionals – Perspectives and Experiences. Future meetings will include: Conversations with Student Leaders; Sexual Violence Prevention; Perspectives from Law Enforcement; and The Adjudication Process from the Accused’s Viewpoint. The Task Force finalized and released a report of recommendations and considerations in June 2017.

Read the final report Addressing Campus Sexual Violence: Creating Safer Higher Education Communities

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