About-Us

Task Force Goals:

The Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force is committed to raising awareness and creating prevention programs and resources about sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence, and stalking on our Campus and the local community. To accomplish this goal, the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Task Force will:

  • Promote a safe and positive environment fostering respect, empowerment, and growth;  
  • Offer students and employees programs and resources for prevention and education on the issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking;
  • Work to serve the needs of individuals of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions, classes, ages and sexual orientations;
  • Offer survivors and secondary victims support, advocacy, counseling and referral resources on Campus and in the local community;
  • Work towards a campus and community that is safe from sexual assault, relationship violence, sexual harassment, and stalking;
  • Facilitate collaboration and communication among campus groups and community resources concerned with eliminating sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.

Objectives:

  • VSU has created a University policy aimed specifically towards relationship and sexual violence that is easily accessible and provides the following:
    • Clear definitions of relationship and sexual violence, consent, harassment, and stalking.
    • Examples of each definition
    • Clear reporting and contacting options
      • Title IX Coordinator
      • VSU Counseling Center
      • Student Conduct
      • VSU Police
      • The Haven
    • Brief outline of the conduct process
  • Prevention Programs specifically geared towards the Campus community including:
    • Classes targeting specific student groups such as: Athletes, Freshmen, Student Leaders, and Greeks.
    • Prevention classes throughout the semester designed for all students that are easily accessible to on and off campus students.
  • A comprehensive web site that includes all the links, resources, definitions regarding relationship and sexual violence along with links to local and national resources related to sexual and relationship violence.
  • Provide trained Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Peer Educators who act as liaisons between the University and the students.

Campus and Community Partners:

  • Academic Affairs
  • Campus Recreation 
  • Health Promotions and Wellness
  • Campus Wellness
  • Counseling Center
  • Dean of Students Office
  • Housing and Residence Life
  • Legal Affairs
  • Office of Social Equity
  • Student Conduct
  • Student Health Services
  • Student Life / Greek Life
  • The Haven Rape Crisis Center
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • University Police Department
  • VSU Athletics

2020-2021 Taskforce Members 

  • Ms. Rebecca Murphy, Health Promotions and Wellness (Chair)
  • Dr. Tricia Hale, Counseling Center 
  • Mr. Shawn Phippen, Campus Recreation
  • Ms. Taylor Strickland, The Haven
  • Ms. Heidi Browning, University Police
  • Ms. Madison Beumarchais, Student Life
  • Ms. Lauren Corley, Graduate Student Representative 
  • Ms. Dorothy Nickell, History Department 
  • Dr. Sherolyn Hopkins, Student Conduct Office
  • Jennifer Grubbs, Athletics
  • Dr. Fred Knowles, Sociology
  • Dr. A.J. Ramirez, Criminal Justice
  • Ms. Hilary Willis, Admissions
  • Dr. Neena Banerjee, Political Science
  • Ms.TaMara Tolbert, Graduate Student Representative
  • Ms. Holly Wright, Counseling Center