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Sexual Assault Task Force

In late 2016, USU formed a series of committees and working groups to improve the university’s efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence in our campus community. Each is comprised of both subject-matter experts with expertise specific to assigned working groups as well as a diverse mix of individual representatives from across our campus-constituent groups.

The Sexual Violence Task Force is responsible for an overarching strategic plan to address and prevent sexual violence in our campus community. It receives recommendations from and provides guidance to the working groups mentioned below. Chaired by USU President Noelle Cockett.

The Prevention, Education and Training Working Group develops and ensures implementation of sexual violence prevention efforts including bystander training, student education and other training and outreach efforts. Chaired by Dr. Mike Twohig, associate professor in the psychology department.

The Policy and Process Working Group is responsible for revising complaint and investigation processes and drafting or continually updating university policies and codes to reflect current national best practices. Chaired by Mica McKinney, university counsel.

The Campus Climate and Survey Working Group develops an ongoing campus climate survey and other efforts to assess campus attitudes and knowledge of issues related to sexual assault. Chaired by Michael Torrens, director of the USU Office of Analysis, Assessment and Accreditation.

The Implementation and Coordinating Committee is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of Title IX policies, education and training, prevention, compliance efforts, and all communications regarding these efforts. This committee reports directly to President Cockett.