Sexual and Gender Violence Committee (SGVC)

Sexual and Gender Violence Committee Members for 2019-2020:

ASUPS Laneka Viney Director of Student Interests
Athletics Liz Daly

Women's Lacrosse Coach

Bystander Revolution Against Violence Cat Wright BRAVe Coordinator
Office of Student Conduct Jessica Pense Director of Student Conduct
Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services TBA  
Dining & Conference Services TBA  
Division of Student Affairs Sarah Shives Assistant Dean of Students
Facilities Services Kerstyn Dolack Manger Building Services
Faculty/Diversity Committee Melvin Rouse Psychology Faculty
Faculty/Student Life Committee Megan Gessel Chemistry Faculty
Human Resources/HROS TBA  
Interfraternity Council Will Shanahan  President
Panhellenic Council  Jillian Stoewer  President
Peer Allies Rachel Johnson President
Residence Life Debbie Chee Associate Dean of Students 
Resident Student Association    Vice President and National Communication Coordinator
Security Services Don Kennedy Lead Campus Safety Officer
Security Services Fred Creek Associate Director of Security
Title IX   Title IX Coordinator

The Sexual Assault Work Group evolved to become the ongoing Sexual and Gender Violence Committee. The mission of SGVC is to foster a community of care, respect, and safety at University of Puget Sound through coordinated community efforts in response to gender and sexual violence.

The SGVC is a group comprised of faculty, staff from academic and student affairs, students and community partners who take an active role and share in the responsibility of examining what we are doing as a campus community to address sexual and gender violence prevention, education, and response. SGVC charges include providing advice on best practices and strategies to:

  • educate the campus community about how to recognize and prevent incidents of gender and sexual violence;
  • educate the campus community about the reporting process for incidents of gender and sexual violence; 
  • enhance support and advocacy for survivors of sexual and gender violence; 
  • ensure a fair and balanced process for responding to incidents, concerns, and complaints

The group includes two subcommittees:

Prevention Education (Outreach and Engagement)
This subcommittee focuses on SGVC prevention and education events and activities. The subcommittee is responsible for examining current prevention and education work, providing guidance on how and where such outreach and engagement fits in best/aligns within current programming, and share ideas about professional development opportunities for faculty, staff and students. The committee will focus on collaborative and coordinated sexual and gender violence programming and education across the university.

Policy and Procedures (Response and Process)
The policy subcommittee strives to identify, review, and revise existing institutional policies and response and investigation guidelines needed to create a safer and healthier campus climate in the area of sexual and gender violence.

 History of the SGVC

In spring 2013, the Sexual Assault Work Group (SAWG) was tasked to identify programs, services, and support systems at Puget Sound that target sexual assault response, education, and prevention, and provide recommendations on ways in which Puget Sound can continue to work toward effectively addressing sexual misconduct within our campus community. A final SAWG report was created to summarize the work group’s findings and recommendations for a comprehensive approach to preventing and responding to sexual misconduct.