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

  • Diane Lyden Murphy, dean, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics; co-chair
  • Robert D. Hradsky, senior associate vice president, Student Experience, co-chair
  • Laurie Boucicaut, Panhellenic Council representative
  • Randi K. Bregman, executive director, Vera House
  • Richelle Calderon, Peer Educators representative
  • Katelyn U. Cowen, director, Office of Health Promotion
  • Jeremiah Deep, campus minister, Hendricks Chapel
  • Kaitlin Donovan, student-athlete representative
  • Emily Durand, It’s On Us representative
  • Herman R. Frazier, deputy director,  Athletics
  • Tula Goenka, associate professor, Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • Andy Gordon, senior vice president and chief human resources officer
  • Jason Gruber, National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) representative
  • Huey Hsiao, associate director, Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Sheila Johnson-Willis, chief, equal opportunity & Title IX officer
  • khristian kemp-delisser, director, LGBT Resource Center
  • Crystal Letona, Students Advocating Safe Sex and Empowerment (SASSE) representative
  • Andrew S. London, professor of sociology, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • Bobby Maldonado, chief, Department of Public Safety
  • Jeffrey S. Pauline, associate professor of Sport Management, David B. Falk College for Sport and Human Dynamics
  • Abby R. Perer, associate general counsel, Office of the General Counsel
  • Pamela A. Peter, director, Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Kyle Rosenblum, undergraduate student representative
  • Sarah Scalese, senior associate vice president, University Communications
  • Sarah T. Solomon, director, Office of Student Assistance
  • Linda Stone Fish, professor of marriage and family therapy, David B. Falk College for Sport and Human Dynamics
  • Cory Wallack, director, Counseling Center
  • Barry L. Wells, special assistant to the Chancellor
  • Ralph Zito, professor and chair of drama, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Denise Dowdall, support staff

Reporting Concerns to the University

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

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