National Forum on Campus Sexual Assault

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 – Friday, April 1, 2011

Wed, Thurs - 8AM - 4PM
Fri - 8AM - 2PM

Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services



The Department of Criminal Justice Services, in collaboration with the International Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and the Virginia Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators (VACLEA), is hosting a National Forum on Campus Sexual Assault. This Forum is designed to bring together experts in the field of campus sexual assault to discuss the latest research, policies, legal challenges, interdisciplinary cooperation, and reporting issues.

This forum has been structured to encourage a cross disciplinary approach to this complex campus and community public health issue. Leading national experts will discuss critical issues that impact the policies and procedures that must be in place for the proper management and investigation of sexual assaults reported to colleges and universities. Facilitated question and answer sessions will allow for participant interaction with panels of subject matter experts.

Attendees will have significant opportunities to share expertise and resources with colleagues from across the country. Suggested participants include: campus police and security personnel, municipal law enforcement with a connection to institutions of higher education, student life professionals, counseling and women’s center professionals, prosecutors, mental health professionals and other interested campus or community personnel.

Scheduled topics will include:

  • Campus Law Enforcement/Public Safety Response and Legal Issues Surrounding Campus Sexual Assault/Clery Act
Speaker: Dolores Stafford, D. Stafford and Associates

Ms. Stafford is the founder of D. Stafford and Associates, a company that provides training and technical assistance to colleges, universities and police departments across the country. During her 26 year distinguished career in the law enforcement and the security industry, she served as a police officer, sergeant, assistant chief and chief. She has worked in campus law enforcement for 23 years at Bucknell University, Butler University, and most recently at The George Washington University, where she served as Chief of Police for a 176 member police department for 18 years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Mansfield University and has a Master’s of Science Degree in Education from Bucknell University. Ms. Stafford is a Certified Litigation Specialist. As the former chief of one of the nation’s premier campus police departments, she is a much sought after speaker, consultant, educator, expert witness, and instructor on campus security, campus safety and law enforcement related issues including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (The Clery Act) and the security and safety requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA).

  • Sex Crimes Allegations: Management and Best Practices in the University Setting
Speaker: Gina Maisto Smith, Ballard Spahr LLP

With nearly two decades of experience as an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Gina Maisto Smith is a veteran litigator. While in the district attorney's office, Ms. Smith prosecuted high-profile homicide, rape, and complex criminal cases. She was responsible for the investigation, preparation, and prosecution of more than 100 jury trials and thousands of bench trials. Additionally, she trained and mentored new assistant district attorneys through the American Prosecutors Research Institute and the National District Attorneys Association. After dedicating 15 years solely to sexual assault, from child abuse to acquaintance rape, Ms. Smith is well versed in all aspects pertaining to the investigation and prosecution of sex crimes. In addition to prosecuting such crimes, she has trained investigators, social workers, counselors, prosecutors, and other professionals in the management, investigation, and prosecution of sexual assault. As a prosecutor watching academia struggle with myriad issues surrounding sexual misconduct, Ms. Smith grew interested in helping create a solution to the "rock-and-hard-place position" schools often face in managing allegations of sexual misconduct. She has become adept at guiding colleges and universities through such challenges, including the management of criminal conduct, investigations, communications with law enforcement, Clery Act requirements, disciplinary proceedings, and the interplay of civil and criminal proceedings. Ms. Smith assists college and university clients in avoiding the pitfalls of an improperly conducted investigation and ensuring that their response does not compound the problems created by crises. She has developed a niche practice of assisting higher education and corporate clients in managing misconduct allegations, with a focus on sexual misconduct.

  • Policy Implications of Campus Sexual Assault Practices
Speaker: Dr. Peter Lake, Professor of Law, Charles A. Dana Chair and Director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law

Dr. Lake teaches and writes in the areas of torts, higher education law and policy, insurance, and jurisprudence. He co-authored The Rights and Responsibilities of the Modern University and has authored numerous law review articles and publications. Dr. Lake is an internationally recognized expert on higher education law and policy. His latest book, Beyond Discipline – Managing the Modern Higher Education Environment, was published in 2009 by Hierophant Enterprises, Inc. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Dr. Lake is a highly sought after speaker and futurist, particularly in the field of higher education law and policy, where he has served as a presenter or keynote speaker at more than 100 national and regional meetings.

  • Sexual Predators on Campus: Research Studies and Statistics
Speaker: Dr. David Lisak, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston

Dr. Lisak is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the study of the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence. His research focuses on the motives and behaviors of rapists and murderers, the impact of childhood abuse on adult men, and the relationship between child abuse and later violence. He consults nationally with law enforcement, prosecutors, judges and the U.S. military, and is the founding editor of the journal, Psychology of Men and Masculinity.

  • Evolving Challenges for At-Risk Response Teams: Mental Health Issues
Speaker: Dr. Greg Eells, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, Associate Director of Gannett Health Services at Cornell University

Dr. Eells has been a counseling center director for the past 11 years. He currently serves as the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services and the Associate Director of Gannett Health Services at Cornell University. He has held this position for the past six years. Prior to working as a counseling center director, he worked as the training director of an APA-accredited internship program. Dr. Eells publishes articles in scholarly journals and presents frequently at national conferences. Areas of interest include leadership, staff morale and development, mental health delivery systems, self-injury in higher education settings, and providing care to challenging students. Dr. Eells has served on the governing board of the Association for University College Counseling Center Directors and is currently president of that organization.

  • Campus Threat Assessment Teams
Speaker: Major Gene Deisinger, Ph.D., Deputy Chief of Police and Director of Threat Management Services for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Major Deisinger, Ph.D., serves as Deputy Chief of Police and Director of Threat Management Services for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Deisinger earned his doctorate in counseling psychology from Iowa State University. He is a licensed psychologist, a certified health service provider in psychology, and a certified peace officer. Dr. Deisinger is co-author of the recently released Handbook for Campus Threat Assessment & Management Teams, a practical resource designed specifically for institutions of higher education. He serves as a subject matter expert and trainer for the Campus Threat Assessment Training initiative for institutions of higher education, a program offered through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

  • Sexual Assault and Harassment Allegations: Campus Response under Title IX
Speaker: Howard Kallem, Chief Attorney, District of Columbia Office of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

Mr. Kallem has been the Chief Regional Attorney for the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, D.C. Enforcement Office for 14 years; prior to that, he was in OCR’s policy office for 4 years. He recently took a year off from OCR to work as a Senior Equal Opportunity Specialist with the Office of Equity and Diversity Services at George Mason University. He was previously with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for 14 years. He has worked extensively with issues such as sexual and racial harassment, testing, and meeting the needs of students with disabilities. In his spare moments, Mr. Kallem is a co-chair of the Arlington Public Schools Minority Achievement Advisory Committee and has served as a Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Arlington County Human Rights Commission. He received his law degree from Catholic University of America.

  • Communication Issues and Cross Disciplinary Coordination: Creating Seamless Reporting Systems
Speaker: Chief Timothy Longo, Charlottesville Police Department

Chief Longo is the Chief of Police for the City of Charlottesville. Prior to this appointment, he served 19 years with the Baltimore City Police Department where he rose to the rank of Colonel. Chief Longo holds a B.S. degree from Towson State University and a juris doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police, PERF. Chief Longo has been recipient of the Police Commissioner’s Award of Excellence and the Webber Seavey Award. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum, the Virginia Chiefs of Police Association, the Maryland Bar, and the Special Olympics Virginia Board of Directors.

  • Expected Legislative Changes to the Clery Act in 2011
Speaker: S. Daniel Carter, Security on Campus

Mr. Carter serves as the Senior Vice-President of Security On Campus, Inc. (SOC), which is the only national non-profit organization devoted exclusively to assisting the victims of violence on college campuses and to improving campus security. Co-founded by Connie and Howard Clery in 1987, the organization has been the driving force behind the federal Clery Act and more than 30 other state and federal laws addressing campus crime reporting and victims’ rights. Mr. Carter has been working on improving victims' rights and campus safety for almost 20 years, beginning his work while a student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville from which he graduated in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He helped develop every amendment to the Clery Act since 1992, including the Campus Sexual Assault Victims Bill of Rights. He also served on the U.S. Department of Education’s “Negotiated Rulemaking” panel that helped develop the Clery Act regulations in 1999. He has extensive experience as a crime victim's rights advocate.

  • National Perspective and Strategic Next Steps
Speaker: Linda Langford, Sc.D, U. S. Dept. of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention

Dr. Langford has been an associate Center director at the Higher Education Center since 1998, managing the Center’s evaluation projects for four years and directing violence prevention initiatives since 2002. Dr. Langford also works as an evaluation specialist at the SAMHSA-funded Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Her work focuses on strategic planning, program evaluation, and health communications with special interests in environmental approaches to prevention, practitioner-researcher collaborations, and translating research to practice. She has worked in a variety of substantive areas, including domestic violence and homicide, substance abuse, cardiovascular health, mental health, and AIDS prevention. She holds a doctorate in behavioral sciences from the Harvard School of Public Health and taught a core course in the health communications program at Tufts University School of Medicine from 1998 to 2006.

Other topics and panel discussions:

  • The Challenges of Accurately Sharing Information within the Campus Community
  • Problems with Punishment and Prosecution

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Cost: $125.00 (3 plated hot lunches included)

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Room rate: $77.00 for conference attendees - [SINGLE OCCUPANCY]
Group/Convention Code: CSA

Airport Information: The Hampton Convention Center is served by either Norfolk International Airport (14 miles east) or Newport News - Williamsburg International Airport (8 miles west).

Directions & Map:

The Hampton Roads Convention Center is located in the geographic heart of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. Easily traversable, I-64 and I-664 meet at the Hampton Roads Convention Center’s doorstep.

Heading West on I-64 (From Norfolk):
Take exit 263-B (W. Mercury Boulevard/Hampton Coliseum) and turn right at the end of the ramp. Continue straight until the first light and turn right onto Coliseum Drive. Go approximately ¼ mile. The HRCC and Hampton Coliseum are adjacent properties.

Heading East on I-64 (from Richmond):
Take exit 263 (Mercury Boulevard/James River Bridge). Turn left at the end of the ramp (following 258 North) onto Mercury Boulevard and continue straight for approximately ¼ mile to Coliseum Drive. Turn right onto Coliseum Drive and go approximately ¼ mile. The HRCC and Hampton Coliseum are adjacent properties.

Heading East on I-664 (from Suffolk/Portsmouth):
Merge left onto I-64 West. Take exit 263-B (W. Mercury Boulevard/Hampton Coliseum) and turn right at the end of the ramp. Continue straight until the first light and turn right onto Coliseum Drive. Go approximately ¼ mile. The HRCC and Hampton Coliseum are adjacent properties.

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