Task Force Organization and Membership

The Task Force has been divided into three subcommittees that will meet three times per quarter.

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Prevention

Prevention

Areas of focus:

  • Finding ways to create an open and supportive relationship among students, faculty, campus organizations, the administration, law enforcement, community based organizations, and the greater college/university community.
  • Assess current prevention programs for faculty, students and staff to determine what training is currently being utilized, who are the recipients and their effectiveness.
  • Research and review prevention programs for faculty, students and staff in Virginia, nationally and internationally to identify best practices.
  • Identify the best methods to encourage reporting by victims and anonymous reporting by witnesses.

Subcommittee Chair:

Emily Renda, Program Coordinator in Student Affairs, University of Virginia

Assigned Cabinet Secretary:

Secretary of Education Anne Holton

Staff Contacts:          

Lisa Furr, Office of the Attorney General

804.823.6336

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Kay Heidbreder, University Legal Counsel Virginia Tech and Special Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General

 

Members:

Fran Bradford, Associate Vice President for Government Relations, The College of William and Mary

Ángel Cabrera,President, George Mason University

Leah K. Cox, Ph.D., Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion, Title IX Coordinator, University of Mary Washington

Brandon T. Day, President, Student Government Association, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dorothy J. Edwards, Ph.D.,Executive Director, Green Dot

Tom Kramer, Executive Director, Virginia21

Christopher N. Ndiritu, Student Body President, Student Government Association, Old Dominion University

Frank Shushok, Jr., Senior Associate VP for Student Affairs, Virginia Tech

Rosemary Trible, President, Fear 2 Freedom

Kristi VanAudenhove, Executive Director, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance

Response

Response

Areas of focus:

  • Finding ways to create an open and supportive relationship among students, faculty, campus organizations, the administration, law enforcement, community based organizations, and the greater college/university community.
  • Identify ways to better coordinate campus and community response services, and ensure response services accessible to survivors.
  • Develop best practices for policies and grievance procedures (confidentiality and requests not to pursue investigation, definition of consent, hearing and appeals processes, interim measures, sanctions) while keeping both the victim and accused informed about the process, proceedings, and outcomes in a timely manner. 
  • Ensure compliance with law and federal guidance, and investigate the intersection of law enforcement with Clery/Title IX/VAWA.
  • Provide guidance on best practices regarding trauma informed response, policies, procedures, to sexual violence.

 

Subcommittee Chair:

Ellen W. Plummer, Ph.D., Chair, Assistant Provost, Virginia Tech

 

Assigned Cabinet Secretary:

Secretary of Health and Human Resources Dr. William A. Hazel, Jr.

 

Staff Contacts:          

Melissa McMenemy, Office of the Attorney General

804.692.0592

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M. Elizabeth Griffin, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Education Section, Office of the Attorney General

 

Members:

Peter A. Blake, Director, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

Judy Casteele, Executive Director, Project Horizon

Jean A. Cheek, RN BS SANE-A CNIV, Forensic Nurse Examiner, Virginia Commonwealth University

Daniel Dusseau, Chief of Police, Northern Virginia Community College

William R. Grace, Colonel USMC (Ret.), Inspector General and Title IX Coordinator, Parents Council Liaison , Virginia Military Institute

Allen W. Groves, University Dean of Students, University of Virginia

Michael C. Maxey, President, Roanoke College

Daphne Maxwell Reid, Member , Virginia State University Board of Visitors

Raychel Whyte, Administrator, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

 

Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement

Areas of focus:

  • Finding ways to create an open and supportive relationship among students, faculty, campus organizations, the administration, law enforcement, community based organizations, and the greater college/university community.
  • Create a collaborative response between university police departments, local police departments, and Title IX investigators that provides for a trauma informed approach to investigations of sexual violence with the intent to minimize re-traumatization of the victim.  Investigators should provide victims of sexual violence information regarding both university and community processes and resources. 
  • Explore methods of information sharing among colleges and universities, and law enforcement and external resources (counseling, advocacy organizations, forensic/SANE exams) to create more collaborative investigations.
  • Develop a model MOU between campus law enforcement, local law enforcement, and other partners.
  • Investigate the intersection of law enforcement with Clery/Title IX/VAWA.
  • Evidence preservation and support of prosecution efforts.

 

Subcommittee Chair:

 

John A. Venuti, Assistant Vice President of Public Safety/Chief of Police, Virginia Commonwealth University

 

Assigned Cabinet Secretary:

Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran

 

Staff Contacts:          

Shannon Freeman, Office of the Attorney General

804.692.0484

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Barry Meek, Associate General Counsel, University of Virginia and Special Assistant Attorney General

 

Members:

Maggie Cullinan, Director, Charlottesville Victim/Witness Assistance Program

Melissa Ratcliff Harper, MSN, APRN, SANE-A-P, Forensic Nurse Examiner, Carilion Clinic - Carilion Roanoke

Penelope W. Kyle, President, Radford University

Donna Poulsen Michaelis, Manager, Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety, Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services

Nancy Oglesby, Deputy Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney

Marianne M. Radcliff, Vice President, Kemper Consulting, Longwood University Board of Visitors

The Honorable Abby Raphael, Vice Chair, Arlington County School Board

Tracy S. Russillo, Major, Virginia State Police