Chancellor’s Task Force on Sexual & Relationship Violence

Message from the Chancellor

Dear Syracuse University community members,

SU Chancellor Syverud

The Chancellor’s Task Force on Sexual and Relationship Violence has been hard at work since it was created on April 23, 2015. On a recommendation by the Chancellor’s Workgroup on Sexual Violence Prevention, Education and Advocacy, I appointed a 30-member task force to address improvements in sexual violence prevention, education and advocacy services.

The task force is made up of dedicated students, faculty and staff with various expertise and perspectives, along with the executive director of Vera House. They review the services, policies and programs that make up our effort to combat sexual and relationship violence. I am thankful for their diligence and continued efforts in making this a safer, more supportive campus.

We saw the results of their critical work during the visit by Vice President Joseph R. Biden L’68 in November. He was here as part of the “It’s On Us” campaign and the National Week of Action. The task force also hosted a number of other events that week. Through their efforts, we look forward to the many ways we will see our campus tackle this important issue.

Along with the task force members, many peer educators, student organizations, staff and faculty members, and individual students are dedicated to this cause. We must all join with them to end sexual and relationship violence. It is all of our responsibility to ensure a safe campus environment.

Chancellor Kent Syverud

Task Force Charge

  • To continue to review the University’s current policies, practices, programs, and procedures for preventing and effectively responding to sexual and relationship violence, and keep apprised of federal and state initiatives;
  • To continue to explore the promising practices of other institutions and resources available from other organizations, make use of the expertise of professionals at the University and elsewhere who work in this area, and develop evidence-based recommendations to help us craft a comprehensive, cohesive, and effective prevention and education program that will be a national model in these matters;
  • To examine and identify new and more effective ways of using technology, social media, and other means to better educate the University community about existing services, programs, support systems, enforcement efforts, and adjudication results;
  • And any other matter deemed by the Task Force to be of our community’s well-being as it relates to the issue of sexual and relationship violence.


Communications and Outreach Committee

The Communications and Outreach Committee will develop strategies to raise awareness of the Task Force’s activities and disseminate its findings and recommendations. Through various means, including but not limited to, print and electronic media (e.g., website), educational events, focused outreach, and social media, the Committee will seek to promote the Task Force’s role in reviewing services, policies, and programs every semester.

Policies and Procedures Committee

The Policy and Procedures Committee will assemble and review the institution’s sexual and relationship violence prevention, education, and advocacy policies and procedures and identify areas for improvement consistent with promising practices and evidence-based strategies.

Assessment Committee

The Assessment Committee will monitor progress on the institution’s assessment of sexual and relationship violence prevention, education, and advocacy efforts. The Committee will also work with the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment on the prioritization of sexual violence assessment-related data collection and survey information to help facilitate communication among relevant offices about assessment initiatives and make recommendations regarding assessment plans and projects.

Education and Prevention Committee

The Education and Prevention Committee will review and assess existing education and prevention programs to determine in which areas our programs are weak, duplicative, or have gaps, and to recommend programs or strategies that will address those issues based upon promising practices and/or evidence-based methods.

Task Force Members

  • Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz, senior vice president and dean of Student Affairs, co-chair
  • Joanna O. Masingila, professor and dean, School of Education, co-chair
  • Randi K. Bregman, executive director, Vera House
  • Katelyn U. Cowen, director of health promotions
  • Rebecca S. Dayton, associate vice president for health and wellness
  • Linda Stone Fish, professor of marriage and family therapy, Falk College
  • Herman R. Frazier, deputy director of athletics
  • Tula Goenka, associate professor, Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • Andy Gordon, senior vice president and chief human resources officer
  • Tiffany Gray, director, LGBT Resource Center
  • Daria Grineva, Panhellenic Director of Programming, member of Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Huey Hsiao, associate director, Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Rachel Johnson, peer educator, Senior in Sport and Human Dynamics
  • Sheila Johnson-Willis, interim chief, equal opportunity & Title IX officer
  • Joyce LaLonde, Student Association representative
  • Samuel L. Leiterman, Graduate Student Organization representative
  • Lynn S. Levey, legal writing professor, College of Law
  • Andrew S. London, professor of sociology, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • Bobby Maldonado, chief, Department of Public Safety
  • Suzette Melendez, lecturer, College of Law
  • Jeffrey S. Pauline, associate professor of Sport Management, Falk College
  • Abby Perer, associate general counsel
  • Pamela A. Peter, director, Student Rights and Responsibilities, assistant dean of student affairs
  • Amy Quichiz, Students Advancing Sexual Safety and Empowerment representative
  • Sarah Scalese, associate vice president, University Communications
  • Sarah T. Solomon, director, Office of Student Assistance
  • Jeffrey M. Stanton, associate provost
  • Tijuana Thevenin, student-athlete
  • Cory Wallack, director, Counseling Center
  • Barry L. Wells, special assistant to the Chancellor

Reporting Concerns to the University

To report concerns regarding Sexual and relationship violence email the Title IX office. 

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