Office of the President

Fall Forum on Sexual Assault and Violence

Posted by: Thomas Krise Date: September 19, 2016

Dear Campus Community:

Please join me and the entire campus community as we continue open dialogues on sexual assault and violence on campus in an effort to expand community understanding and advocacy, while also increasing the safety and care of our community.

This forum will be led by members of the Title IX Working Group. Feedback from forums held this past spring resulted in development of a draft rubric of sanctions (attached) for Student Rights and Responsibilities processes and will be a subject for this dialogue.

When: Tuesday, September 27
Where: Regency Room, Anderson University Center
Time: 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

The 2015-2016 report to the community from the Title IX Working Group is attached. The report not only gives a summary of work but also a list of recommendations and action items with timelines.

This fall, members of the Title IX Working Group will be leading a discussion of the book Missoula, Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer. If you are interested in participating, please email

PLU strives to be a community of deep care, but it requires all to participate. We welcome your voice. It’s on us. It’s on Lutes. Please join us.

Best regards,

Thomas W. Krise, Ph.D.
President and Professor of English

2016-2017 Title IX Working Group
Michelle Ceynar, Professor of Psychology
Dawn Cuthbertson, Gender-Based Violence Advocate
Keith Cooper, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Eva Frey, Dean of Students
Connie Gardner, Associate Director for Student Rights and Responsibilities
Miya Higashiyama, student
Tolu Taiwo, Outreach and Prevention Coordinator, Center for Gender Equity
Ellie Lapp, ASPLU President
Teri Phillips, Associate VP, Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator
Greg Premo, Director, Campus Safety
Joanna Royce Davis, VP of Student Life
Jen Smith, Director, Center for Gender Equity
Elisabeth Esmiol Wilson, Assistant Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy