Resources for Confronting Campus Sexual Assault

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Speaker Biographies

Holly Rider-Milkovich currently serves as the Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) at the University of Michigan; in this role, she provides direction and leadership to the University’s sexual and intimate partner violence response, education and prevention efforts across campus. Rider-Milkovich co-authored the University’s revised sexual misconduct policy and provides leadership in implementing related student education efforts institution-wide. Rider-Milkovich contributed to the development of Haven, the nationally-recognized sexual violence prevention on-line educational program currently implemented on over 150 campuses nationally. She frequently speaks on  issues related to sexual and intimate partner violence on college campuses and to media outlets, including National Public Radio, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Bloomberg News Group, and USA Today. Most recently, Rider-Milkovich provided expertise to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault on best practices for campus-based sexual and intimate partner violence prevention and response efforts, and was appointed by the Department of Education to represent four-year colleges and universities in the federal negotiated rule-making committee for the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization 2013.

Rider-Milkovich earned an undergraduate degree from Hiram College and a master’s degree from Kansas State University.

Scott Roberts is an employment litigator and co-managing partner at Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP in Boston, where he primarily represents colleges and universities. Roberts provides day-to-day advice on faculty and student issues and has successfully defended university clients in lawsuits involving claims of discrimination (based on gender, age, race, national origin, and disability) and claims by students challenging disciplinary actions and proceeding.  In addition, he has served as an independent fact finder in claims of sexual harassment under Title IX. Roberts speaks frequently on issues related to sexual violence prevention and response at regional and national conferences, including those held by the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).  He also regularly presents educational and entertaining workshops on critical issues facing institutions of higher education, including Title IX compliance and investigatory tactics.

Roberts received his undergraduate degree from Tufts University and his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.

Hillary Pettegrew (moderator) is a senior risk management counsel for United Educators, where her work includes research and writing on prevention of and response to campus sexual violence. She is the author of UE’s publication The Campus SaVE Act: A Compliance Guide and several pieces in the “Title IX and Beyond” series. Pettegrew previously served as a UE claims counsel, handling hundreds of student and employee claims against UE members. Before joining UE, she was a writer/editor at Research Institute of America Group and practiced employment law at a Washington, D.C., law firm.

Pettegrew received her undergraduate degree from Colgate University and her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.

Webinar Agenda

Part I

  • Campus culture Alcohol and consent Athletes and fraternities
  • Q&A

Part II

  • Institutional response to sexual assault reports
  • Q&A

Part III

  • Internal outcomes, sanctions, and litigation against institutions
  • Q&A

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