Campus Sexual Assault Policy Conference: Problems and Progress

Topic Areas: Special Events

October 25, 2012 - 8:00am - October 26, 2012 - 4:00pm
North Campus Research Complex, Building 18, 2800 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105


The University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women and our partners announce Campus Sexual Assault Policy: Problems and Progress, a two-day conference to take place on October 25-26, 2012 at the UM North Campus Research Complex. In the context of the April 2011 “Dear Colleague Letter” issued as guidance by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, this conference aims to bring together institutional policy makers and community-based sexual assault response professionals to discuss and develop policies addressing student sexual misconduct under Title IX. The conference is designed so that research and promising practices presentations on Day One will inform policy design workshops and policy recommendations on Day Two.

We are pleased to announce that John DiPaolo, Chief of Staff of the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, and Judith Levy, Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Civil Rights Unit for the Eastern District of Michigan, will participate in the conference.

Campus Sexual Assault Policy: Problems and Progress will focus on not only the impact of the Dear Colleague Letter but also the intersection of diversity with campus policy development. We will explore cultural considerations in policy development and the impact of both campus sexual assault and the policies designed to address sexual violence on diverse survivors.

The conference registration fee is $55 per day or $25 per day for students.   Campus teams that plan to participate in Day Two must enroll in Day One as well.  


Refunds will only be issued through Monday, October 22, 2012 by close of business, 5 pm.


Campus Sexual Assault Policy: Problems and Progress is supported by a grant from the University of Michigan National Center for Institutional Diversity. Additional sponsors include, at UM, the Center for the Education of Women, the CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund, Abuse Hurts, the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Student Conflict Resolution, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel, the Office of Institutional Equity, the Women’s Studies Department, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the SHARP Center for Women and Girls, the School of Social Work, and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. The Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Michigan Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention and Treatment Board are collaborating partners.

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Important Notes

Conference Set-Up

Conference Agenda

Speaker & Consultant Bios

NCRC Building 18 Information

Hotel & Transportation Information

Event Parking

Ann Arbor Area Information

Important Notes:

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the office of the Center for the Education of Women at 734-764-6005 at least three (3) weeks in advance, or email us at SAConfAdmin@umich.eduAdvance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time than others to arrange. 
If you have any dietary restrictions that we should be notified of, please email us at or call the Center for the Education of Women at 734-764-6005. 
There will be NO on-site registration for this conference. Registration will be closed on Friday, October 12, 2012. 
This conference is intended and designed primarily for Michigan campuses, but we will accept registration from out of state, as space permits.

Day One is open to all interested parties. Day One research and practice presentations will focus on: 

  • the realities of campus sexual assault
  • supports and barriers to empowering diverse survivors
  • restorative justice
  • promising practices and pressing problems--such as reporting obligations, balancing survivor confidentiality and community safety, investigative procedures, and effective sanctioning--in creating policies to empower diverse survivors and create safe communities

Day Two will provide opportunities to review, assess and develop institutional policies and practices.  We encourage colleges and universities to send teams and to coordinate with their local community sexual assault response professionals.  Teams may include, for example, the following:

  • Title IX coordinators
  • in-house counsel
  • student affairs leaders
  • directors of campus sexual assault programs and/or women’s centers
  • leaders of community-based sexual assault programs
  • directors of student conduct offices
  • directors of student housing
  • faculty governance leaders
  • student government leaders
  • campus and community law enforcement leaders
  • prosecutors and other criminal justice system leaders

Day Two will focus on:

  • addressing legal considerations in Title IX compliance
  • incorporating new perspectives into thinking about effective ways to respond to the OCR Dear Colleague Letter
  • strategizing about campus policy design processes
  • consulting with policy experts
  • sharing experiences in responding to the Dear Colleague Letter with the Office for Civil Rights.

Day Two will conclude with a summary of findings and feedback in order to build future policy recommendations applicable at institutional, state and national levels.

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Draft Conference Agenda & Speakers


Thursday, October 25

7:30 - 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 am Welcome
8:45 - 10:45 am

Confronting the Realities of Sexual Assault on the College Campus
Presenter: David Lisak, Forensic Consultant and Researcher

10:45 - 11:00 am Break
11:00 - 1:00 pm

Supports and Barriers to Survivor Empowerment
Presenters: David Lisak
Jennifer Solidum Rose, University of Hawaii-Manoa
Tricia Bent-Goodley, Howard University
Moderator: Kathy Hagenian, Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence

1:00 - 1:45 pm

Lunch Break
Greetings from the Office for Civil Rights, John DiPaolo

1:45 - 3:30 pm

Restorative Justice
Presenter: Mary Koss, University of Arizona
Discussants: Tricia Bent-Goodley
Jay Wilgus, University of Michigan
Moderator: Kathy Hagenian

3:30 - 4:00 pmBreak
4:00 - 6:00 pm

Campus Round Table: challenging issues, promising practices in adopting policies that strive to empower survivors and create safe communities
Presenters: Rick Shafer, Michigan State University
Melissa Tihinen, Columbia University
Jay Wilgus
Kaaren Williamsen, Carleton College
Moderator: Holly Rider-Milkovich, University of Michigan

6:00-7:00 pm Networking Reception


Friday, October 26

7:30 - 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 am


8:45 - 9:15 am

Greetings from the Department of Justice, Judith Levy

9:15 - 10:30 amThe April 2011 Dear Colleague Letter -- Possible Tensions in Sexual Assault Policy Development
Presenter: Maya Kobersy, University of Michigan
Discussant: Jennifer S. Rose, University of Hawaii-Manoa
10:30 - 10:45 amBreak
10:45 - 11:15 amAddressing Institutional Goals
11:30 - 1:00 pmTeam Planning Exercises: Campus Climate Assessment, Consultation with Policy Experts, Working Lunch
1:30 - 2:15 pmAction Planning
2:15 - 3:00 pmReport Out by Consultants
3:00 - 4:00 pm

Campus, State, and National Policy Recommendations
Facilitator: Suellyn Scarnecchia

4:00 pmClosing Remarks


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NCRC (Building 18) Maps, Directions, and Parking

Map & Directions to North Campus Research Complex, Building 18

NCRC Visitor & Parking Map

Driving Directions to NCRC (PDF)

Hotel & Transportation Information

Hotel Information:

Hotel rooms can be booked at the Holiday Inn West/North Campus by calling (734) 769-9800. When reserving your room, please specify that you are booking a room in the bloc reserved for the Sexual Assault Policy Conference. Or, click on the following link to book your hotel online: Sexual Assault Conference Hotel Reservations - Holiday Inn West/North Campus

Map/Directions to Holiday Inn West/North Campus

Additional rooms are available at the Hampton Inn Ann Arbor-North by calling (734) 996-4444. When reserving your room, please specify that you are booking a room in the bloc reserved for the Sexual Assault Policy Conference. Or, click on the following link to book your hotel online: Sexual Assault Conference Hotel Reservations - Hampton Inn Ann Arbor-North

Map/Directions to Hampton Inn Ann Arbor-North

Event Parking/Transportation:

Parking is available at no additional charge at the North Campus Research Complex. You must have a parking pass in your window and be parked in the BLUE structure to avoid being ticketed. To access parking, please indicate the need for a permit on your registration. Parking passes will be handed out from 7:30-11:30 a.m. on Thursday as you enter the parking structure. If you need a parking permit and did not indicate the need for parking on your registration, please call CEW at 734-764-6005 or email

(Please see the link above for a map of visitor/special event parking at the NCRC, Building 18. The blue parking structure is located across the street from Building 18.)

There will also be shuttles running between the hotels and the NCRC.

Bus Routes and Maps:

The Ride - Ann Arbor Transportation Authority

University of Michigan's 'Magic' Bus

Medical Center Shuttles

Taxi Cab Services:

Ann Arbor Yellow Car - (734) 663-3355

Ann Arbor Cab - (734) 272-8009 or (734) 709-5454

Blue Cab - (734) 547-2222

Tree Town Transportation - A Cab Ann Arbor - (734) 213-1100 (mobile) or (734) 668-2222 (land)

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Ann Arbor Maps, Restaurants, and Events Information

Ann Arbor Area Maps, Downtown/Campus Area Maps, and Visitor's Guides/Restaurant Lists will be available at the conference. Please see the links below for further information online:

Ann Arbor Interactive Map

Restaurant List

Ann Arbor Events Calendar

If you have further questions or concerns regarding the 2012 Campus Sexual Assault Policy Conference: Problems and Progress, please contact the Center for the Education of Women at 734-764-6005, or email

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Parking passes will be mailed to the billing address provided in registration.