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Sexual Misconduct Advisory Workgroup Leads the Way

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Sexual Misconduct Advisory Workgroup Leads the Way

New campus advisory group brings together experts to gather input and recommend responses regarding sexual violence.

An interview with Rebecca Campbell, ’93, ’96 Professor, Dept. of Psychology and chair of the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Advisory Workgroup.

During his first month in office, Interim President John Engler created a special workgroup to formalize recommendations drawn from the input of survivors, students, faculty and staff from across campus.

The RebeExpert Advisory Workgroup will help plan the implementation of immediate changes and formulate decisions for longer-range changes aff ecting responses to reported incidents.

It also will sharpen the focus on sexual assault prevention, which aligns with Engler’s mandate to ensure a safe and supportive campus.

“I’ve met with many MSU community members and groups and they’ve given me feedback on weaknesses in our current approach, as well as very constructive suggestions to improve our response to someone who has been the victim of a sexual assault,” Engler said. 

The workgroup is comprised of leaders throughout the MSU community with recognized expertise in handling issues of sexual misconduct and who are committed to prompt action.

The group continues to solicit suggestions from campus organizations, committees and individuals to ensure diverse viewpoints are being considered and that the voices of students, faculty, staff and alumni are heard.

Rebecca Campbell, a professor in the psychology department, is directing the group.

“Our work group consists of people who have been addressing issues with relationship violence and sexual misconduct for their entire careers,” she said.

“They have worked in the fields of prevention, drug service, research, intervention and advocacy their entire careers. 

“We have a lot of substantive knowledge at the table and we’re working with a lot of other groups throughout campus and throughout the broader region, our state and our nation to get other ideas, to get other suggestions so that what we’re thinking about in terms of how to move this university forward refl ects our knowledge, our experience, but also the knowledge and experience of a lot of diverse groups as well,” Campbell said.

She brings a wealth of experience to her new task. For the past 25 years, she has conducted community-based research on violence against women and children, with an emphasis on sexual assault. 

Her research examines how contact with the legal and medical systems aff ects adult, adolescent, and pediatric victims’ psychological and physical health.

In addition to chairing the workgroup, Campbell also conducts training for law enforcement and multidisciplinary practitioners in civilian, military, and campus community settings on the neurobiology of trauma.

In 2015, she received the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, Vision 21 Crime Victims Research Award.

Campbell earned her master’s and doctoral degrees at MSU in 1993 and 1996, respectively.

Advisory Workgroup

  • Rebecca Campbell, ’93, ’96 Professor, Dept. of Psychology
  • Tana Fedewa, ’05 Dir., MSU Sexual Assault Program
  • Carrie A. Moylan Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
  • Det. Lt. Andrea Munford, ’96, MSU Police, Special Victims Unit
  • Jessica Norris Dir., Title IX and ADA Compliance and Education Programs; Dir., MSU Sexual Assault Program
  • Holly Rosen, ’81, ’87 Dir., MSU Safe Place
  • Jayne Schuiteman, ’85, ’90 Interim Deputy, Title IX Coordinator, Office of Institutional Equity
  • Kelly Schweda Coordinator, Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Program
  • Cris M. Sullivan, ’82, ’85, ’88 Professor, Ecological/Community Psychology; Dir., Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence 

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