RELEASED: 13 February 2015

Nearly a year ago, ACPA President Kent Porterfield and ACPA Executive Director Cindi Love called for nominations for a Presidential Task Force on Sexual Violence Prevention in Higher Education and received an overwhelming response – 162 nominations. From this large group, a steering committee of 14 was selected by ACPA leadership. This steering committee has convened via conference call monthly since July and met for 2 days in August 2014 at the ACPA International Office in Washington DC. The group coalesced around the following aims:

  • Draft a report with recommendations to share with the ACPA membership prior to the annual convention in Tampa.  During the convention, gather feedback, incorporate it, and submit a final report to the ACPA Governing Board shortly after convention. 
  • Our aim has been to leverage the current campus, media, and governmental attention on compliance to bring greater attention, resources, and focus to prevention of sexual violence.
  • Lay foundation for educating students (learning outcomes), educating college student educators (professional competencies), developing institutional leadership, and providing recommendations for ACPA’s role in advancing efforts to address sexual violence on campus.
  • Use the information gathered and groundwork laid to develop a monograph that includes learning outcomes and professional competencies.  Use the monograph to frame professional development (institutes, webinars, etc.) and resources (connections to other organizations good work, templates for auditing efforts on campus, etc.). The ACPA Sustainability Monograph is a model for this kind of strategy. 

A draft of this report is available by clicking here. This draft represents the Task Force’s effort to bring these ideas to written form and incorporate feedback received from the 162 individuals nominated for the Task Force and from particular ACPA Commissions (Housing and Residence Life, Student Conduct & Legal Issues, and Social Justice Educators) and ACPA Standing Committees. We invite feedback from all ACPA members via this Google form or via the listening session that will be held at the ACPA Convention in Tampa.   Beyond Compliance: Sexual Violence Task Force Listening Session Friday, March 6, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Tampa Convention Center, Ballroom A   We look forward to member input that can strengthen this initiative and help us all better address sexual violence on campus. Please send us your feedback by Friday, March 6 so that we can begin integrating it into the final report to the ACPA Governing Board shortly after convention.   Select members of the Task Force steering committee will also serve on a plenary panel on this topic at ACPA Convention.   Beyond Compliance: Sexual Violence Prevention on Campus Saturday, March 7, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Tampa Convention Center, Ballroom A   Sincerely,   Jody Jessup-Anger, Assistant Professor, Marquette University, Co-Chair Keith E. Edwards, Director of Campus Life, Macalester College, Co-Chair & Members of the Task Force Steering Team  

Task Force on Sexual Violence in Higher Education

The Presidential Task Force on Sexual Violence in Higher Education will make recommendations to the ACPA Governing Board about the Association's critical role in responding to issues of sexual assault on college campuses. More specifically, the task force will:  

  • evaluate existing efforts of ACPA constituency groups to identify areas for new focus and opportunity,
  • recommend organizational structure(s) in ACPA that ensure a welcoming and productive home for higher education professionals working to effectively address sexual assault issues on college campuses,  
  • define ACPA’s role in addressing sexual assault on college campuses, including providing resources that include cutting edge scholarship and research-informed best practices,
  • identify new ideas and resources for ACPA members engaged in this work utilizing models congruent with ACPA’s commitment to social justice and the elimination of oppression and the root causes of violence, and
  • recommend strategies to create networks and communities for sharing best practices, disseminating knowledge, and fostering collaborations on campus sexual assault.


Relationship to ACPA’s Mission: Persistent high rates of sexual violence have plagued many campuses for too long. As a profession, we are charged with fostering and supporting student learning and success. Sexual violence is an affront to human dignity and degrades safe campus learning environments for all. ACPA is committed to promoting student welfare, campus safety, and addressing issues of oppression which underline sexual violence.   

Open Call for ACPA member involvement:  The ACPA Governing Board seeks nominations, including self-nominations, to serve on ACPA’s Presidential Task Force on Sexual Violence in Higher Education.  

Thank you for your interest in the ACPA Presidential Task Force on Sexual Violence in Higher Education. The submission deadline has passed.