Sexual Assault Oversight Committee

In response the recommendations from the 2005 Sexual Assault Working Group, and the 2007-2008 Task Force on the Status of Women, in 2008 Middlebury created the Sexual Assault Oversight Committee (SAOC). This page provides information about the scope of the SAOC's work, and its membership.

The SAOC selects four new student members each year, and is lead by a student and staff co-chair team. However, it has been the tradition of the SAOC since its inception to welcome all members of the community who wish to attend meetings and join in the work, and many students, faculty, and staff who are not "official" members have played critical roles in leading and contributing to our efforts over the years.

In 2014-2015 academic year the anticipated agenda will include:

  • Continued input on the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women campus grant,
  • Planning, executing, and curating a program of events for Relationship Violence Awareness Month in October,
  • Planning, executing, and curating a program of events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April,
  • Working campus stakeholders to identify/create appropriate tools for a campus climate survey
  • Inviting campus and community experts to share topic-specific information to strengthen the comprehensive understanding of sexual and relationship violence 

All members of the community are warmly invited to join our meetings and our work. Please contact Director of Health and Wellness Education Barbara McCall for more information. 


Questions and Feedback

To ask questions or provide feedback about any aspect of sexual violence prevention and response at Middlebury, the Sexual Assault Oversight Committee, or this Web site, you may contact any of our members individually (see Membership), or may contact the chair of the committee, Director of Health and Wellness Education, Barbara McCall.


The SAOC's membership is structured to ensure that those offices and individuals most involved in sexual assault work are represented and are coordinating their efforts, and to ensure that other members of the community invested in this issue can contribute to that work.  

SAOC members are responsible for evaluating the needs of the campus, identifying the agenda for the year, and serving as liaisons to their respective constituencies to invite broader participation in those initiatives as appropriate.

 Ex-Officio Members

  1. Director of Health and Wellness Education (co-chair)
  2. Judicial Affairs Officer 
  3. Liaison from Parton Health and Counseling Center 
  4. Director of Chellis House
  5. VP of the Language Schools or designee
  6. Commons Dean
  7. Human Relations Officer

At-Large Members

  1. Two faculty members, one of whom must be a member of the coaching faculty
  2. Five student members, including one student co-chair

Student members of the SAOC are selected each spring through a campus-wide application process, and faculty members are appointed to two-year terms by the president.

2012-13 SAOC Members

  • Bree Baccaglini '15
  • Scott Barnicle (Commons dean)
  • Dave Campbell (faculty member/coach)
  • Olivia Case '15
  • Karen Guttentag (Judicial Affairs Officer)
  • Chong-Suk Han (faculty member)
  • Karin Hanta (Director of Chellis House)
  • Emily Pedowitz '13
  • David (Fritz) Parker '15
  • Beth Karnes Keefe (Language Schools designee)
  • Sue Ritter (Human Relations Officer)
  • Nancy Rosenberg (Parton Center for Health and Wellness liaison)
  • Jeff Wong '13

Areas of Oversight

The Sexual Assault Oversight Committee is tasked with coordinating the work of the many offices and individuals whose work pertains to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in the following areas:

  • Policy and Procedures: College policies and the protocols that support them
  • Response and Support: Resources and services for those affected by sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking 
  • Education and Prevention: Campus-wide education and prevention programming including bystander education
  • Assessment: Regular evaluation of the effectiveness of our policies, programs, and campus climate
  • Communication: Coordinated communication strategies about all of the above

While the primary goal of the committee is to provide an administrative body to coordinate the multiple facets of policy, response, prevention, assessment, and communication, it does note usurp the authority of individual staff or faculty members whose responsibilities include work in these areas (i.e. the committee does not have the authority to enact Handbook policy changes or dictate programming, but may make recommendations to those responsible for these areas). Individuals from the offices and departments connected to this work serve as ex-officio members, and may call on the committee for collaboration, recommendations, and support as needed. The committee can provide its collective knowledge, raise concerns, and share information with others in the community as appropriate.  It does, however, have authority to oversee those areas that lack ownership by a designated office or individual.