Clery Session Descriptions

Are We Training our CSAs?
Speaker(s): Keishea Boyd | University of Missouri-Kansas City (formerly UNC Asheville)
Session Description: In addition to all Clery Act requirements, we must identify and train all CSAs for our communities. Learn practical tools to identify and train all of your campus security authorities

Bridging the Gap: From Confidential to Clery Reportable
Speaker(s): Murphie Chappell, Kristi Reese | The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Session Description: Working with confidential campus partners to stay in compliance.

With our Powers Combined!
Speaker(s): Ed Purchase | UNC System Office
Bill McGowen | Appalachian State University
Session Description: With this session, the goal will be to share a wealth of experience and information on merging silos of information into a free-flow of communications. Attendees will sit through a brief (15-20 minutes) presentation of identifying possible partners on campus. The rest of the session will be an open conversation with the speakers moderating a discussion of what attendees are doing currently; their struggles and successes. During the conversation attendees will be encouraged to formulate an action plan to take back to their campus to begin or redouble their efforts at this process themselves.

Hot Topic Discussions with Jim Moore
Speaker(s): Jim Moore | Director and Compliance Manager of the Clery Act Compliance Division (Clery Division) at the United States Department of Education

Clery Speaker Bios

Keishea Boyd is currently the the Director of Student Conduct & Civility at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Previously, she worked as Assistant Title IX Coordinator and Clery Compliance Coordinator for UNC Asheville.  Boyd earned her B.A. in criminal justice and a B.S. in psychology, from High Point University; and a M.S. in criminal justice from North Carolina Central University.

Murphie Chappell, J.D., Title IX Coordinator for UNCG, is responsible for ensuring institutional compliance through policies and procedures, coordinating the investigation and response of all sexual and gender-based harassment complaints, and developing University training and education around prohibited conduct. In addition to her role with UNCG, Murphie works as an Attorney with Smith Moore Leatherwood defending institutions of higher education against Office for Civil Rights investigations, employment litigation, and Title IX audits. Prior to joining UNCG, Murphie was the Staff Attorney for the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault. There, Murphie focused her practice on representing victims of sexual assault in civil, criminal, and campus misconduct proceedings throughout the state and counseling institutions on policies, procedures, collaboration, and institutional compliance.

Bill McGowan is currently the Clery Act Compliance Coordinator at Appalachian State University. He is also responsible for the Drug Free Schools and Campuses Act program. Bill is also trained and has assisted the University with Title IX investigations. Bill has a combined 30 years of experience in criminal and fraud investigations. Bill is a retired Criminal investigator serving over 21 years in the US Marine Corps and 5 years as a civilian law enforcement Forensic Investigator. Bill holds a BA in Criminal Justice from Lees McRae College, NC.

Jim Moore is the Director and Compliance Manager of the Clery Act Compliance Division (Clery Division) at the United States Department of Education. The Clery Division is charged with nationwide enforcement of the Clery Act and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. Under Mr. Moore’s leadership, the Clery Division has developed a comprehensive monitoring and enforcement program as well as the agency’s first Clery Act training, technical assistance, and community outreach initiative. He is recognized as a national expert on the Clery Act and has been involved in every major Clery Act case since he joined the Department in 1997. He is a frequent speaker and trainer on campus sexual assault and prevention, threat assessment, and emergency response and is regularly called as an expert witness on these and other matters. Mr. Moore represented his principal office during the negotiated rulemaking process to develop regulations that implemented the new Clery Act provisions added by the Violence Against Women reauthorization Act (VAWA).

Ed Purchase has served the great states of North Carolina and Florida in a Clery Compliance capacity since 2011. In his current role with The University of North Carolina System Office, Ed is responsible for providing training, guidance, and technical assistance as needed to the sixteen Clery Coordinators of the UNC System. Additionally, Ed assists the System with the coordination and facilitation of system-wide training of campus law enforcement, emergency management, behavioral threat assessment teams, and other parties with responsibility for the safety and welfare of students, faculty, and staff.
Ed, an OEF Veteran, holds a B.A. in English and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University, as well as a post-graduate certificate in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management from The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Kristi Reese joined the UNCG Police Department as a student employee in 2005. After graduation, she became a full time telecommunicator in 2006, answering phones and dispatching calls to security and police officers. In 2010, she moved into the accreditation manager role, managing the CALEA accreditation process. In 2012, she took on the responsibilities of web master for the Police Department and Clery Compliance Officer for the University.

Emergency Management Session Descriptions

A Tale of Two Campus Disease Outbreaks: What worked, what didn’t
Speaker(s): Julie Casani & Amy Orders | North Carolina State University
Session Description:  In 2017-2018, NC State had 2 outbreaks of norovirus on campus. Norovirus is a common, highly contagious gastrointestinal illness that requires rapid identification and rapid implementation of control measures. Control measures and support of those ill requires a multidisciplinary team effort and must accompany clear, concise communications. Pre-incident networking with local resources especially local health and medical resources establishes the necessary communication and planning relationships that can be called upon quickly. Failure to control an outbreak could result in prolonged illness on campus and loss of class time, impacting student success.
In this session, NC State will present it’s story of these 2 distinct outbreaks. In one, an Incident Management Team was established, control measures put into place and the outbreak was quickly suppressed. In the other, there were delays in identification and an inability to control movement of ill individuals. We will discuss what went well and what challenges were faced. Participants will be able to use these lessons learned as well as others from colleagues, and then develop improved response plans on their own campuses.

Emergency Management: Lessons Learned
Speaker(s): Chris Gonyar | UNC Charlotte

Lessons Learned from Family Assistance Center Planning Process and Full-Scale Exercise
Speaker(s): Kevin Martin and Joshua Runfola | UNC Charlotte
Session Description: This presentation will discuss lessons learned from both the Family Assistance Center (FAC) planning process and After Action Review of the System funded full-scale exercise of the plan.

A year with the FBI on campus
Speaker(s): Todd Becker and Amy Orders | North Carolina State University
Session Description: NC State hosted four programs with the FBI during 2018.
A continuity and Evidence Response Team workshop brought together multiple law enforcement agencies, University leadership and University emergency responders to discuss how law enforcement investigations disrupt campus operations.
Tabletop and full scale exercises simulating the detonation of a device with one fatality and the management of multiple crime scenes. During the full scale exercise, multiple campus service centers were forced to relocate and enact their Mission Continuity Plans.
NC State also hosted an FBI WMD seminar and BSL3 lab tabletop.

Expectations versus Reality- How exercise findings can differ from real events
Speaker(s): Eric Griffin | University of North Carolina Wilmington
Session Description:This presentation will discuss the impacts of how artificialites in exercises can impact response to real events and explore how to reduce artificialities during exercises.

Emergency Management Speaker Bios

Todd Becker has served as the Emergency Manager for NC State University since 2008. Prior to that, he was the Hazardous Materials Manager for NC State EHS. His responsibilities with EMMC include management of the University’s Emergency Operation Plan, response planning, liaison with county and state emergency management agencies, and assistance with Mission Continuity planning. Todd graduated from NC State University in 1996 with a BS in Marine Resource Management and from East Carolina University in 2009 with an MS in Occupational Safety. Prior to joining NC State, he worked in public health.

Julie Casani, Director and Medical Director, NC State Student Health Services, practiced clinical Emergency Medicine in the Johns Hopkins system for over 17 years. She then served as the Director of Public Health Preparedness in Maryland and North Carolina. In 2017 she came to NC State Student Health and continues to instruct in global public health.

Christopher “Chris” Gonyar joined the Safety and Security team in May 2014 as the director of emergency management (formerly business continuity and emergency management planning). Prior to joining UNC Charlotte, he served as an emergency management consultant with Tetra Tech (formerly Beck Disaster Recovery, Science Applications International Corporation, Leidos). In this role, Gonyar worked with jurisdictions and organizations across the county on a variety of emergency management planning and exercise initiatives. During his time at Tetra Tech, he focused on continuity of operations, planning for functional needs populations, emergency management in higher education, and Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) compliant exercises and trainings.
Gonyar graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2005 with double majors in history and political science and again in 2007 with a master’s in public administration. Gonyar became an International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) in 2019.

Eric Griffin is the Emergency Manager for the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He has over 20 years experience in emergency management at the county and university levels. Eric has been the exercise director and/or chief planner for dozens of exercises to include the UNC System Hurricane Zephyr exercise held in October 2017. Eric is a Certified Emergency Manager through the International Association of Emergency Managers, has a Masters in Public Administration and concentration in Emergency Management, and is part time faculty at UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Wilmington.

Kevin Martin, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at UNC Charlotte, came to the Office of Emergency Management in June 2016 with nearly 15 years of experience in emergency services and emergency management. His most recent position was assistant director of public safety at Reinhardt University where he coordinated emergency management efforts, as well as serving as an adjunct faculty member. Martin has served on local and state emergency response teams, has deployed to major disaster areas, and has taught for multiple organizations and institutions. He is a graduate of UNC Charlotte with a B.A. in religious studies.

Amy Orders, Assistant Director, Environmental Health and Safety Managing Director, Emergency Management and Mission Continuity, manages select health, safety, and emergency management programming at NC State. With over 20 years of diverse experience in higher education, she is also an adjunct faculty in the NC State College of Education and actively contributes to numerous professional boards and associations.

Joshua Runfola became a part-time planner for the Office of Emergency Management at UNC Charlotte in June 2018. He has 10 years’ experience in disaster planning, response, and recovery. Runfola served in the United States Air Force (USAF) in response and recovery in Okinawa, Japan from 2008-2010 before transferring to a Module Airborne Firefighting Unit (MAFFS) in Colorado. While working alongside the National Forest Services, he deployed to Texas in 2011 for wildfire suppression support. After retiring from the USAF, he became a Red Cross disaster action team lead where he has logged over 450 volunteer hours. Runfola will graduate from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree in May 2019.

Environmental Health and Safety Session Descriptions

Safety – It Takes a Village -Distributing Safety Responsibility in a University Setting
Speaker(s): Ken Kretchman | North Carolina State University
Session Description: A successful safety and risk reduction program in a University Environment requires involvement on many fronts aside from the central EHS office. This presentation will provide examples where this has been accomplished effectively at various Universities. Time for attendees to provide examples from their own institutions will be allotted.

Case Study – Auditorium Fire
Speaker(s): Timothy Slone | The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Session Description: This presentation will cover the 2017 Auditorium Fire on the UNCG. Presentation highlights include fire causation, response activities and lessons learned. In addition to fire and life safety components this presentation will also include other safety factors in theaters including rigging, lighting controls and student safety.

Hurricane Florence: How the Seahawks Juggled Feathers During the Storm
Speaker(s): Kristy Burnette & Deb Tew | University of North Carolina Wilmington
Session Description: This session will open with a brief overview of Hurricane Florence and the damages to the UNCW campus. Deb will present on the safety and health challenges that ensued afterwards including but not limited to: availability of staff, impact of infrastructure shut downs, safety during damage assessment and clean-up operations, evaluating and responding to building failure, including the closures of our 100K sq. ft. main science building and a 400-bed student housing facility, indoor air quality concerns and clearance considerations, and the urgency to re-open campus as soon as possible. Kristy will present from a risk management perspective focusing on identifying vulnerable areas before an event occurs, impact to students with changes to academic calendar, housing assignments, class locations and availability, communication challenges, and of course insurance.

Outliers and Incident Reporting
Speaker(s): Alana Brewer | East Carolina University
Session Description:  This presentation will discuss the challenges of incident reporting from outlying areas and one potential solution.  Session learning objectives include: Importance of Incident Reporting; Challenges of managing outlying clinics/departments; Potential for mitigation of non reporting areas/late reporters/improper paperwork; Importance of training personnel on reporting; and Continued improvement of the reporting process

Overall Research Biosafety and Biosecurity
Speaker(s): Garry Coulson | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Session Description: This presentation will address the practices and challenges in building a robust biosafety and biosecurity program at a University.  Session learning objectives include: Understanding importance of risk assessment and threat assessment approaches; Summary of the regulatory burden on researchers; and Challenges of achieving regulatory compliance in biosafety

Business Continuity and Emergency Planning for Research
Speaker(s): Mary Beth Koza | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Session Description: This presentation will address emergency planning and business continuity for Research enterprises at a University.  Session learning objectives include: Challenges of Research and emergency planning; Business continuity of research;  Bridging the needs of research and facilities management

Environmental Health and Safety Speaker Bios

Kristy Burnette has 11 years of higher education experience at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she currently serves as Risk Manager. UNCW’s risk management program encompasses both enterprise risk management as well as more traditional risk management methods such as insurance. A double alumna of UNCW, Kristy holds a B.A. in Psychology and Master of Public Administration.

Alana B. Brewer graduated ECU 2005, B.S. Health Education and Performance conc. Work Site Health. She is currently seeking a masters degree in Occupational Safety (2020). After college she was employed by ASMO, GNC with the EH&S department for 2 years, then gained employment with ECU EH&S. She reached her 10 year anniversary with ECU in 2017. Her focus points are training coordination (Facilities Services and Laboratory Safety), lab safety inspections and safety plan reviews, workers’ compensation for over 5,000 employees and development and management of EH&S policies.

Garry Coulson is the Biosafety Officer and IBC Administrator for The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He manages the Biosafety Division within EHS that oversees operational and compliance activities for approximately 500 laboratories across campus, including a number of BSL-3 labs registered with the Select Agent Program under the CDC. He holds a PhD degree in Infectious Diseases from the University of Georgia, and has over 17 years’ experience working in research labs in academic, industry and government sectors.

Mary Beth Koza is the Executive Director of the Department of Environment, Health & Safety/Risk Management for The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She leads an organization of 50 employees with responsibility for risk management, EHS and Employee Occupational Health with the core focus of developing innovative EHS/RM programs via an integrated management system. She has 40 years’ experience in the environment, health, and safety field, and was previously the Director of EHS at Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. She holds a Bachelor of Arts/Chemistry from Kean University and an MBA in Pharmaceutical Science from Farleigh Dickinson University.

Ken Kretchman is Director of EHS at NC State University. Prior to his University time he in charge of health and safety at IBM Research headquarters. He is certified in safety and industrial hygiene and has been a member of various ANSI and AIHA committees.

Timothy J. Slone is the Director of Environmental Health and Safety at UNCG. He has 15 years of University experience in the field of health and safety.

Deb Tew has 25 years of experience in occupational safety and health and environmental management roles spanning private sector r&d and three higher education institutions. Deb has been a member of University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Environmental Health & Safety Department since 2003, currently serving as Interim Director. She holds a M.S. in Safety Education and Service from The University of Tennessee and B.S.Agr. in Agricultural Education from West Virginia University.

Law Enforcement Session Descriptions

Presentation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Speaker(s): Will So | Federal Bureau of Investigation HQ
Session Description:  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) established the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMDD) in 2006 by consolidating and recruiting scientific, investigative, and analytical expertise into a single division. The WMD Directorate continues to build an enduring, integrated, and agile United States Government capability for preventing and neutralizing all WMD threats. In order to meet the prevention keystone of this vision, engagements with relevant partners are absolute necessary and raise their awareness of evolving threats and vulnerabilities. The FBI presentation will provide a synopsis of the range of threats, the misuse and illicit acquisition of WMD materials, technologies, expertise, and information by actors inside and outside public and private institutions. It will explore how that range of threats continues to evolve with the convergence of the sciences and the increasing in complexity as scientific research and biotechnology developments are becoming ever faster, more accessible, and global. Lastly, stakeholders will be engaged to support the development of security mechanisms that do not unduly hinder the pace of discovery, innovation, and economic benefits.

Joint session with Student Affairs | Implementing equitable and trauma-informed responses for LGBTQ+ survivors of interpersonal violence

NC State Bureau of Investigation:  Introduction into the work of the Behavioral Threat Assessment Unit

Making Sense of a Threat Assessment at your Institution (Joint session with Legal and Student Affairs)
Speaker(s): Jeffrey Baker, Christine Davis, Larry Gourdine | University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Session Description: This presentation will provide the key aspects of a threat assessment and why we must take threats serious at our institutions. We will also explain important mitigation strategies when faced with these complex investigations.

Law Enforcement Speaker Bios

Chief Jeffrey A Baker: Sworn law enforcement officer for thirty-nine years. Has a diverse background with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department that includes Criminal Intelligence, SWAT, Training, Firearms, and CALEA.

Has served UNC Charlotte as the Chief of Police for nine years and overseen a multitude of complex investigations, demonstrations, and success in accreditation.

Christine Reed Davis has been a higher education professional for 20 years and currently serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at UNC Charlotte. Under the umbrella of the Dean of Students Office, Christine leads the areas of Identity, Equity and Engagement, New Student and Family Services, Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, Student Assistance and Support Services, and Veterans Services. In addition to being on the senior leadership team for the Division of Student Affairs, Christine is a Deputy TIX Coordinator, chair of the Campus Behavioral Intervention Team, co-chair of the Threat Assessment Team, member of the university Incident Management Team, and has helped to create processes for campus-wide Demonstration Activity Resource and Bias Activity Resource teams. Christine received a B.A. in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University, M.Ed. in Student Personnel in Higher Education from the University of Georgia, certificate in Crisis Communication Leadership from Harvard University, and is currently a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program at UNC Charlotte.

Larry Gourdine has been a higher education professional for 15 years and currently serves as the Associate Dean for Student Assistance and Support at UNC Charlotte. Larry provides overall leadership for the Office of Student Assistance and Support Services (SASS). Larry has oversight responsibility for a variety of student support services (withdraws with extenuating circumstances, case management, emergency housing and food insecurity, Bias Assessment Resource Team, crisis management and response etc.) Larry is a member of the Campus Behavioral Intervention Team and Threat Assessment Team. Larry received a B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education from Murray State University and a M.P.H. degree in Public Health from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Larry has previously worked at the University of Georgia, North Carolina State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Angel Gray, J.D., MPH is currently General Counsel for the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Prior to that, she was a member of the Law Enforcement Liaison Section of the N.C. Attorney General’s Office where she represented the NCSBI, N.C. Sheriffs’ and Criminal Justice Training and Standards Divisions. Prior to joining the Law Enforcement Liaison Section, she was a member of the Human Services/Medical Facilities Section of the N.C. Attorney General’s Office where she represented the Division of Health Service Regulation in certificate of need litigation and served as legal counsel to the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services where she handled general legal issues and weekly commitment hearings. She received her undergraduate degree in English from Duke University, her J.D. from Campbell Law School, and her MPH (Health Policy and Administration) from UNC-Chapel Hill.  

Special Agent Earl Sam is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he dual majored in Peace, War, Defense and Sociology.  After graduating in 2005, he began his law enforcement career with the Raleigh Police Department (RPD).  With RPD SA Sam was a member of the department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) that focused on improving law enforcement response and engagement with mental health subjects.  In 2012, he joined the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NCSBI).  With the NCSBI, he has conducted a wide range of investigations into major crimes in both the criminal and drug fields of investigation.  In 2018, SA Sam was selected to join the NCSBI’s newly formed Behavioral Threat Assessment (BeTA) Unit, which focuses on conducting statewide threat assessment investigations into persons who exhibit behaviors consistent with the pathway to targeted violence.

William “Will” So serves as a Policy & Program Specialist for the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate Biological Countermeasures Unit at FBI-Headquarters. In this capacity Will provides subject matter expertise, in the field of biological sciences, for matters dealing with FBI policy, national policy, response planning, and biosecurity matters. He works with the scientific and security communities to ensure mutual benefits as threats and vulnerabilities evolve with the rapid pace of scientific research and biotechnology developments. He represents the FBI and the United States Government in engagements, with all levels of stakeholders, inside and outside of the U.S., respectively. As a manager of the FBI’s Biosecurity Program, Will’s focus areas include developing biosecurity mechanisms, assessing dual-use potential in research and emerging biotechnologies, and pathogen security. He earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology in 2005 and a MS in Ecology in 1998 from The George Washington University.

Legal Session Descriptions

Peter Lake (Joint session with Title IX)
Speaker(s): Peter Lake | Stetson University College of Law

Campus Misconduct Proceedings: Outcome Notification Compliance Requirements
Speaker(s): James Koebel & Amber Resetar | University of North Carolina Wilmington
Session Description: Outcome notifications are the last of a multi-step campus misconduct resolution process. Most agency guidance and compliance resources focus on other aspects of campus misconduct proceedings, such as investigations and hearings. However, outcome notifications implicate important procedural and substantive rights belonging both to complainant and respondent, including due process. This session will examine the interaction of Title IX, the Clery Act (including VAWA), FERPA, and UNC System policies and provide practical guidance on requirements for issuing outcome notifications for offenses governed by those laws and policies.

Joint session with Student Affairs | Civil Discourse vs Free Speech: Turning Conflict into Conversation

Role of counsel in Preparation and Recovery from Natural Disaster or Catastrophic Event
Speaker(s): John P. Scherer II | University of North Carolina Wilmington
Session Description: A storm is coming. What is the role of counsel in preparing for the storm? And, after it ends what are the legal and risk management issues that arise and how should counsel provide advice and work w/ other constituencies on campus to reach sound decisions?

Joint session with Law Enforcement | Making Sense of a Threat Assessment at your Institution

Legal Speaker Bios

James T. Koebel is Assistant General Counsel at University of North Carolina Wilmington, where his areas of focus include compliance, student affairs, civil rights, and intellectual property. Prior to joining UNCW in 2015, Jim worked as Assistant General Counsel at University of Maryland University College, and before that as a law clerk at the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). Jim received his J.D., cum laude, from The Catholic University, Columbus School of Law where he was an editor and published member of the Law Review. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Amber L. Resetar is the Director of Title IX and Clery Compliance at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and previously served in a conduct role at Bethany College in West Virginia. Prior to either of those roles, however, Amber spent several years in the Office of Residence Life at Duquesne University. She served as a resident assistant during her undergraduate experience, a graduate assistant through law school, and later as a resident director after practicing law for several years. Her years in housing provided the foundation of her higher education experience, particularly shaping her view of risk assessment and risk management. Amber received her B.A. and J.D. from Duquesne University.

John P. Scherer II has served as General Counsel at the University of North Carolina Wilmington since 2015, and Associate General Counsel from 2010 to 2015. A former Major in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, he served in various active duty and reserve positions for several years. From 1996 until 1999, Mr. Scherer litigated employment and civil rights cases as Assistant General Counsel for the Defense Commissary Agency. For eleven (11) years, he served as an Assistant Attorney General in the North Carolina Department of Justice. As an AG, he defended the North Carolina Department of Correction in employment and prisoner litigation, as well as complex employment and constitutional litigation for the University of North Carolina and its constituent institutions. Mr. Scherer’s subspecialties include First Amendment law and litigation, employment law, civil rights law, constitutional law, and issues in human relations and student affairs. Mr. Scherer graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Davidson College in 1989 with a B.A. (History with Honors), and law school from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (J.D. 1992). He is a native of West Virginia, a member of the North Carolina Bar, husband, and father to two sly children.

Student Affairs Session Descriptions

Relationships and Response – Lessons Learned from Hurricane Florence
Speaker(s): Justine Hollingshead | North Carolina State University
Session Description: College campuses, much like our country, face a wide range of threats and potential hazards ranging from acts of terrorism, cyber attacks, pandemics, and natural disasters. Post secondary institutions are not immune to these incidents and higher education professionals are on the front lines. The ability to effectively respond after an emergency relies on many components including relationships we build on and off campus. This session will assist participants with gaining an understanding about preparedness, planning, and emergency support functions. The presenter will share lessons learned from recovery efforts at UNC Wilmington after Hurricane Florence.

Joint session with Clery | Bridging the Gap: From Confidential to Clery Reportable

Implementing equitable and trauma-informed responses for LGBTQ+ survivors of interpersonal violence (Joint session with Law Enforcement and Title IX)
Speaker(s): Kate Rawson | The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Session Description: Campus sexual assault and dating violence has been a major safety concern and topic of discussion among student affairs and safety professionals for many years. Students who identify as LGBTQ+ experience sexual and dating violence at a disproportionately high rate compared to their heterosexual peers. According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (2010), bisexual women have a 61.1% lifetime prevalence of violence by an intimate partner, lesbian women have a 43.8% lifetime prevalence, and bisexual men have a 37.3% lifetime prevalence. Other research suggests that over half of trans individuals are likely to experience at least one act of sexual violence in their lifetime. Heteronormative ideas of domestic violence and sexual assault still exist, which is just one additional barrier for LGBTQ+ victims seeking help. In this workshop, the presenter will first discuss the prevalence and experiences of LGBTQ+ survivors, as well as the challenges they face such as barriers to reporting and help-seeking. The workshop will also provide practical strategies that have been implemented by the presenter for making campus environments and response practices more inclusive, equitable, and trauma-informed for LGBTQ+ survivors, as part of the NC LGBTQ Domestic Violence Response Initiative’s capacity building project.

Civil Discourse vs Free Speech: Turning Conflict into Conversation (Joint session with Legal)
Speaker(s): Erik Kneubuehl and Christopher Stansbury | East Carolina University
Session Description: Civil Discourse and Free Speech movements across higher education have increased. In 2012, the Association of American Colleges and Universities “Call to Action” stressed higher education’s responsibility to start conversations around civil discourse and student civic engagement. That engagement includes the need for colleges and universities to support and educate students on how to turn conflict into conversation. Investing in civil discourse training and programs today will build a foundation for success beyond graduation.

Joint session with Law Enforcement | Making sense of a threat assessment at your institution

Student Affairs Speaker Bios

Justine Hollingshead has over twenty-five years of success working as an administrator in higher education on various college campuses across the country, in addition to the business sector as well.
She offers particular expertise in event planning, emergency preparedness and crisis response, training, leadership, supervision, diversity education, and administration. Justine earned her Bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University in Communication, her Master’s degree in Counseling and Student Personnel Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park and has completed a ten-week comprehensive business training program with the Council for Entrepreneurial Development in North Carolina.
For the past two decades Ms. Hollingshead has facilitated educational programs on college campuses and in the community regionally and nationally. She has experience planning and executing small and large events including a street festival at NC State called Packapalooza™. This annual event has become a mainstay in the City of Raleigh with an estimated attendance over 85,000 people this past year. Part of event planning on college campuses has also included detailed review of policies, practices, and regulations. Justine has been a part of a implementation team at NC State to operationalize collective efforts in addressing planning and logistics.
Justine is a certified Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS – drone) pilot with the Federal Aviation Administration and the state of North Carolina. She has been flying various drones for almost two years. Ms. Hollingshead is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician in the state of North Carolina and has done medical service work in Haiti, was deployed to Mississippi area after Hurricane Katrina, and to eastern NC after Hurricane Floyd. Justine has been an active volunteer with Cary Area EMS for over 20 years as a Captain and Coordinator of Special Events for the agency along with serving as a field supervisor for the Rex Hospital Emergency Response Team.

Erik Kneubuehl currently serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Involvement & Leadership at East Carolina University, overseeing the ECU Student Centers, Greek Life, Student Activities & Organizations, Campus Recreation & Wellness, Intercultural Affairs, and the Student Government Association.

Erik has more than 20 years of experience in the field of Student Affairs, having held leadership positions at Virginia Tech, Florida Atlantic University, and the State University of New York – Maritime College. Prior to assuming his position at ECU, he served as the Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City.

Erik has been a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) since 1995, serving for four years on the NASPA Public Policy Division and currently on the NASPA AVP Steering Committees. Erik has also held leadership roles in the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) and the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA).

Originally from New York, Erik grew up in the Bronx and is the first person in eight generations to finish college, earning his bachelor’s degree in history from Florida Atlantic University. He also holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of South Carolina and a doctorate in organization leadership from Northeastern University.

Kate Rawson (she/her) serves as the LGBTQ+ Advocacy and Training Coordinator in UNCG’s Campus Violence Response Center, providing advocacy to LGBTQ+ survivors as well as facilitating educational training to campus partners on topics of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, gender-based harassment, and stalking. Kate received her Bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State and her Master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration from UNC Greensboro. She previously worked with LGBTQ+ student programming and educational initiatives before entering into interpersonal violence work.

Christopher Stansbury is the Associate Vice Chancellor and Senior Operating Officer for the Division of Student Affairs at East Carolina University. Chris provides direct support to Vice Chancellor Virginia Hardy and the Division’s 29 departments and 300 staff. He also supervises three departments, Marketing & Communications, Student Media and Technology Services. Prior to joining the Division of Student Affairs at ECU in 2009, he was the Communications Coordinator for the Provost’s Office in Academic Affairs and provided direct marketing and communications support to the College of Engineering and Technology at ECU.

Chris, a graduate of East Carolina University, started his professional career as a broadcast journalist for television stations in Greenville, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee. He earned two Emmy Award nominations, including a Emmy Award win in 2001, before leaving the television news industry in 2004. Chris was named the first public information officer for the City of New Bern, North Carolina’s Police Department where he focused on telling the positive stories of community policing, leadership and enhanced city-wide communication regarding public safety.

Chris gets his personal grounding from the love and support of his wife Terri, and his two sons, Zachary and Nicholas.

Title IX Session Descriptions

Hot Topics at Round Tables: Peer-to-Peer Conversations about Pressing Issues and Best Practices 
Session Description: Our informative round/square table discussions are designed for peer-to-peer conversations regarding pressing issues within Title IX. Attendees are encouraged to choose a round table session of their interest, during which time a UNC System Title IX Coordinator will facilitate dialogue in a particular area of expertise. This session strives to allow for intentional topic-focused dialogue regarding trends and best practices with a goal of garnering risk-mitigating University Title IX response.

Round table discussion topics will include: 
*Private Attorney Involvement (Malorie Porter, J.D. | East Carolina University)
*Internal and External Investigations (Murphie Chappell, J.D. | The University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
*Trans Community/Issues and Support (Jill Moffitt, Ed.D. | University of North Carolina at Asheville)
*Navigating Joint (Title IX, Title VII, Equal Employment Opportunity) Investigations (Veronica Sills, PHR | The University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

Joint session with Legal | Peter Lake

Joint session with Student Affairs (Implementing equitable and trauma-informed responses for LGBTQ+ survivors of interpersonal violence) 

Campus Climate Surveys: Measures and Methods
Speaker(s): Annelise Mennicke | University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Session Description: This presentation will discuss the implementation of annual Campus Climate Surveys. Included will be an overview of existing surveys that are used nationally to collect data regarding sexual misconduct, an evaluation of the pros and cons of each option, as well as make recommendations for implementation, evaluation, and translation.

Title IX Speaker Bios

Murphie Chappell J.D., Title IX Coordinator for UNCG, is responsible for ensuring institutional compliance through policies and procedures, coordinating the investigation and response of all sexual and gender-based harassment complaints, and developing University training and education around prohibited conduct. In addition to her role with UNCG, Murphie works as an Attorney with Smith Moore Leatherwood defending institutions of higher education against Office for Civil Rights investigations, employment litigation, and Title IX audits. Prior to joining UNCG, Murphie was the Staff Attorney for the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault. There, Murphie focused her practice on representing victims of sexual assault in civil, criminal, and campus misconduct proceedings throughout the state and counseling institutions on policies, procedures, collaboration, and institutional compliance.

Annelise Mennicke is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research focuses on prevention and intervention strategies to reduce sexual misconduct on college campuses. She has overseen the implementation of several campus climate surveys at Florida State University and UNC Charlotte. She has published over 25 peer-reviewed articles on a range of topics related to interpersonal violence, and was co-Principle Investigator on a CDC funded Rape Prevention Education grant.

Jill Moffitt has been doing Title IX for 5 years and been a student affairs professional for 18 years. She has been in the UNC system for 10 years and has extensive work experience with the LGBTQ community. 

Veronica Sills currently serves an Equal Employment Opportunity Consultant and Investigator for the University of North Carolina Greensboro. In her role, she leads investigations and provides education and training to the campus and community on employment law, compliance, diversity and inclusion, sexual violence, discrimination, and harassment. Prior to joining UNCG, Veronica served at other private and public North Carolina institutions of higher education where she has served in the areas of human resources, residence life, student conduct, and Title IX. Her experience also includes creating mentorship programs and assessing equity policies as well as designing leadership development programs. Over the last several years she has served on numerous institutional committees and tasks forces addressing critical issues such as crisis management, diversity, equity and inclusion, ethical principles and standards of conduct, as well as sexual assault prevention and response.   

Prior to her transition into higher education, Veronica built her profession in legal administration and criminal justice. Working for the New Jersey Department of Corrections, Cooper Levenson Law Firm and the Legal & Estate Department of Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith provided a great foundation and resource for her current work with ensuring institutions comply with the federal mandates and guidelines of Title IX, Title IX, EEO, and affirmative action.  She is a certified human resource professional with membership in the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Human Resource Management Association of Greensboro (HRMAG) and is a certified and trauma-informed investigator through ATIXA. She holds advanced degrees in criminal justice, public administration, and higher education and will complete a doctorate in educational leadership with a concentration in higher education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in December 2019. As a result of her experiences, over the last decade, Veronica has provided training to a variety of audiences, including students, faculty, executives, law enforcement, non-profit organizations, and private agencies.