Sexual Assault Oversight Committee

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.

In 2014-2015 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. 



The SAOC's membership is structured to ensure that those offices and individuals most involved in sexual and relationship violence 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 Center for Health and Wellness  
  4. Director of Chellis House
  5. VP of the Language Schools or designee
  6. Commons Dean
  7. Human Relations Officer

At-Large Members

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

Student members of the SAOC are selected each spring/summer through a campus-wide application process, and faculty members are appointed to one year terms by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

2014-2015 SAOC Members


Ellie Gebarowski-Shafer (Faculty, Religion)
Karen Guttentag (Judicial Affairs Officer)               
Terry Jenny (Parton Center for Health and Wellness)                         
Beth Karnes-Keefe (VP of the Language Schools)     
Barbara McCall (Director of Health and Wellness Education)
Robert Moeller (Faculty, Psychology)
Emily Pedowitz (Interim Director of Chellis House) 
Sue Ritter (Human Relations Officer)            
Robert Rueppel (Faculty, Swimming)
Ian Sutherland (Commons Dean)    

Katie Prestion, '17
Otto Nagengast, '17
Durga Jayaraman, '16
Becca Hicks, '15
Molly McShane '16.5