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About the SAPC


The Sexual Assault Prevention Committee (SAPC) is a committee of stakeholders on campus who meet monthly to implement and coordinate the University of Maryland’s sexual assault prevention plan. This section includes an overview of the sexual assault prevention plan, summary of activities, list of committee members and their office websites, and the contact information of the committee point person.

The University of Maryland’s sexual assault prevention plan focuses on five major areas:

(I) Programming Structure: Undergraduate students should receive continuous exposure to prevention programs during their time at the University. Student leaders will receive additional programming through various avenues. Graduate student programming will address their possible dual roles as students and as graduate assistants who work directly with undergraduate students. Faculty and staff should have an understanding of University policy, resources and reporting obligations, and are expected to complete required online sexual misconduct compliance driven training.

(II) Communication Strategy: This University-wide website will provide one easy-to-navigate location with information about University resources, services, policies, and other necessary information regarding sexual assault prevention and sexual misconduct, and links to pertinent resources from other relevant University offices. Also, the University developed a broad sexual assault prevention public awareness campaign with an overarching affirmative, goal-oriented message that is intuitive, specific to the University of Maryland, and relatable to students, faculty and staff. The campaign messaging conveys a campus culture that values respect and healthy relationships in all aspects of life.

(III) Coordination of the Prevention Plan: The SAPC meets monthly to fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • Coordinate content/programming and communication
  • Coordination of ongoing prevention efforts
  • Evaluation and assessment
  • Reporting responsibilities

 
(IV) Resources & Implementation: Resources are required to develop programming activities, purchase and/or develop new online training, support expanded bystander intervention training, develop an overall communication plan and centralized website, provide appropriate administrative support, and develop/conduct assessments of programming activities.The SAPC has developed a detailed implementation strategy for the comprehensive prevention plan.

(V) Process Evaluation & Outcome Assessment Plan: The SAPC is working with the Office of Planning and Evaluation in the School of Public Health to develop the evaluation strategy, perform the evaluation tasks using existing online survey technology, and provide a quality improvement process which utilizes the data to influence implementation of best practices.

 
 

Academic Year 2018-19

  • Plan for assessment of current prevention training initiatives
  • Centralized website
  • Messaging campaign
  • Plan for monitoring of intervention fidelity (first-year in-person training)
  • Development of evaluation portal

 

Academic Year 2019-20

  • First-year undergraduate programming (in-person)
  • Graduate student orientation programming
  • Implementation of College Action Plans
  • New Faculty Orientation presentation
  • Implementation of plan for monitoring of intervention fidelity (first-year in-person training)
  • Implementation of plan for assessment of current prevention training initiatives

 

Academic Year 2020-21

  • Second-year undergraduate programming (online)
  • Student organization leadership programming (online)
  • Graduate assistant programming (online)

 

Academic Year 2021-22

  • Third-year undergraduate programming (online)
  • Student leader summit (in-person)                                       

 

Academic Year 2022-23

  • Fourth-year undergraduate programming (in-person)
  • Additional non-required programming for faculty, staff, students (in-person)

The SAPC meets monthly to ensure continuing implementation of the prevention plan.

The SAPC is currently focusing on sequential programming for undergraduate and graduate students, including both online and in-person programming. Additional programming is being provided for student organizations, Greek Life, University Athletics, international students, and other groups to reinforce key messaging.

The SAPC is also working with the Office of the Provost and the various colleges and schools at the University of Maryland to develop individual College Action Plans (CAPs), which will outline each individual college’s or school’s efforts to support sexual misconduct prevention. CAPs will promote campus-wide activities, consistent messaging, and campaign materials to ensure that all members of the campus community are informed of expectations and resources. In support of CAP implementation, SAPC members such as the CARE to Stop Violence Office and the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM) will continue to provide required and voluntary programming to support students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Raise Your Voice has been rolled out to support and reinforce all of the other work being done at the University to provide the campus community with tools and resources needed to foster a culture free of sexual violence.

 

Current Activities 

EverFi Contract Addendum:
University currently utilizes EverFi for the Alcohol EDU program.
We were able to negotiate a cost-effective contract addendum for the company’s sexual assault prevention training suite, which includes:

  • Incoming undergraduate student training
  • Second-year undergraduate student booster training
  • Incoming graduate student training (possible dual roles)
  • Additional follow-up trainings for third- and fourth-year students
  • We reviewed other online programs and concluded that EverFi would be the best option
  • EverFi is a recognized leader in evidence-based primary prevention programming, and their programming also allows UMD access to data to measure improvement over time

 
Messaging Campaign:

  • Strategic Communications has gathered initial student and stakeholder feedback through online surveys and in-person meetings to develop campaign proposals
  • CARE has played a role in ensuring that the campaign proposals are trauma-informed and supportive of survivors
  • At the January SAPC meeting, we reviewed the top two campaign ideas and provided additional feedback
  • Next steps will include hosting student focus groups to select the campaign that will be finalized and launched in April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

 
Centralized Prevention Website:

  • CARE compiled samples of other institutional prevention websites
  • SAPC gave feedback on samples and what elements are unique to our campus
  • Strategic Communications showed mock website to SAPC
  • Website scheduled to launch with messaging campaign (in April)

 
University-Wide Event:

  • Funding has been provided for annual events
  • Step UP! for Spring Break, taking place annually prior to spring break, is an event to encourage students to think proactively about being an active bystander while enjoying Spring Break away from campus.
  • Funding will also support several annual events hosted by the CARE office, including the Clothesline Project Display and Take Back the Night, both in April

 
Review of Current Programming:

  • A subcommittee of the SAPC is taking steps to develop a checklist by which we will review current prevention programming to ensure alignment with evidence-based best practices

 
Evaluation Portal Development:

  • School of Public Health will be taking lead on developing the evaluation portal
  • Will serve as a centralized data collection mechanism, and will have the following capabilities:
    • Track process outcomes (# trained)
    • Short-term changes in knowledge, attitudes and reported behaviors.

 

Upcoming Activities 

Will be preparing for the implementation of online EverFi training next Fall, including all incoming students (undergraduate and graduate students).

  • Integrating prevention and response information into faculty, staff, and student orientation. 
  • Continuing to ramp up in-person bystander intervention. 

 

Amelia Arria
Professor
School of Public Health (SPH)
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Shakia Asamoah
Representative
Graduate Student Government (GSG)
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Mariah Bauer
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Office of the Provost
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Nate Burke, Co-Chair
Assistant Director, CARE to Stop Violence
University Health Center
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Rachel Colonomos
President
Preventing Sexual Assault (PSA)
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Blessing Enekwe
Program Coordinator
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Jeffrey Franke
Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff,
Graduate School
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Amanda Fusting
Student Government Association (SGA)
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Andrea Goltz
Associate Director, Faculty Leadership
Provost's Office
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Michael Goodman
Assistant Director for Advising and Programming
Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life (DFSL)
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Olivia Kachingwe
Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Graduate Coordinator
Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life (DFSL)
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Grace C. Karmiol, Esq.
Title IX Coordinator/Director
Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM)
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Elena LeVan
Director of Sexual Misconduct Prevention
Student Government Association (SGA)
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Resa Lovelace
Assistant Athletic Director
Athletics
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Cynthia Martinez
Director, Brand Marketing
Strategic Communications
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Katie O’Mailey
Therapist, CARE to Stop Violence
University Health Center
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Steven Petkas
Associate Director, Student and Staff Development
Resident Life
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Alicia Ray
Assistant Coordinator, CARE to Stop Violence
University Health Center
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Tamara Saunders
Assistant Director
Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM)
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Sue Sherburne
Senior Associate Athletic Director, Academics and Student Development
Athletics
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Gerry Strumpf
Director of Orientation
Orientation, Undergraduate Studies
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

 

Nate Burke, Co-Chair
Assistant Director, CARE to Stop Violence

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