News Release from AASCU


Contact: Jennifer Walpole (202) 478-4665


(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Wednesday, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education will convene a Capitol Hill forum and briefing to explore how to address campus sexual assault in the new congress. The event will consist of two moderated panels featuring university presidents and experts in student affairs and Title IX. The first panel will focus on campus sexual violence from the perspective of university presidents, and the second panel will address prevention, adjudication, and the challenges Title IX coordinators face on campus.

Capitol Hill forum and briefing will offer presidential and campus perspectives on campus sexual assault, as well as a discussion of best practices for federal policy makers.


Panel 1

  • Debbie Osgood (Moderator), nationally recognized expert on the civil rights laws and regulations that govern institutions of higher education, partner in the Education Practice Group at Hogan, Marren, Babbo & Rose, Ltd. Osgood previously worked for 25 years at the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), where she served as national OCR enforcement director in Washington, D.C. and as the director and chief attorney of the regional OCR office in Chicago.
  • Barbara Gitenstein, president, The College of New Jersey
  • Diane Harrison, president, California State University, Northridge
  • John Jasinski, president, Northwest Missouri State University
  • Alisa White, president, Austin Peay State University (Tennessee)

Panel 2

  • Dr. Penny Rue (Moderator), vice president for campus life at Wake Forest University. Rue previously served as vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of California San Diego, and has held leadership roles at the University of Virginia and Georgetown University. 
  • Jeanne Lord, deputy Title IX coordinator for the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and Medical Center Graduate Programs, Georgetown University
  • Jen Luettel Schweer, associate director of health education services/director, sexual assault response and prevention services, Georgetown University
  • Candi Smiley, Title IX coordinator, Howard University
  • Catherine Carroll, director and Title IX officer, University of Maryland
  • Fatima Taylor, assistant director of the CARE Office, University of Maryland
  • Tammi Slovinsky, deputy Title IX coordinator for students, Virginia Commonwealth University

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Russell Senate Office Building
Room 385

***To RSVP or arrange an interview, please email***



For the last several years, the Obama administration has brought enhanced visibility to campus sexual assault, and the national attention has translated into state-level policy changes.

From a state policy perspective, some of the most widely considered and debated policy proposals include:

  • Creating affirmative consent standards in campus student conduct policies;
  • Annotating academic transcripts for students found in violation of sexual misconduct policies or for those who withdraw while a disciplinary process is pending;
  • Requiring universities or victims to file a municipal police report before the college is permitted to start a disciplinary proceeding; and
  • Providing victims with confidential advisors or advocates either on- or off-campus.[i]

In 2016, 22 states introduced or enacted legislation related to campus sexual violence. In 15 states, the bills addressed one or more of the four primary themes: affirmative consent; transcript notation; the role of local law enforcement; and the role of confidential advisors or advocates.[ii] Due-process advocates also joined the conversation in 2016 in an effort to ensure that adjudication is equitable for all parties. While discussions on how to best combat campus sexual assault and ensure due process will continue this year, the extent to which momentum from the Obama era continues remains unclear.  

AASCU member institutions, America’s State Colleges & Universities, have demonstrated leadership in combating campus sexual violence. AASCU and NASPA support policies and programs emphasizing a renewed and sustained commitment to student safety and prevention of campus sexual violence. To that end, AASCU calls on the Department of Education and Congress to consult with institutions of higher education in devising policies against sexual violence on campus. AASCU seeks to ensure that federal legislation pertaining to campus disciplinary processes maintains a standard that is fair and equitable to all parties. 

Campus Sexual Violence Statistics:

Statistics at a Glance:



The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of more than 400 public colleges, universities, and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development. These are institutions Delivering America’s Promise of Opportunities for All.

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. NASPSA’s work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy, and research for 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. territories. 

[i] Kati Lebioda, “State Policy Proposals to Combat Campus Sexual Assault,” American Association of State Colleges and Universities Policy Matters, December 2015,

[ii] “Partnership to Elevate Policy and Practice: Campus Sexual Violence and Guns on Campus,” Education Commission of the States and NASPA, October 2016,