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Tuesday, October 10 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
How to influence legislation and update campus wide policies (30 mins)

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Best Practices: Updating Campus Wide Policies
In 2014 Pace University started the process of updating their sex based misconduct policy. Contrary to standard practice, Pace formed a task force that included faculty, staff and students. Student advocates were involved at every level and helped craft an updated policy and dedicated website that was touted as a best practice example by the NYS Governor’s office.

Combating Sexual Assault on College Campuses: Governor Cuomo’s “Enough is Enough” Legislation
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced sweeping legislation directed at private universities in 2015 to combat sexual assault on college campus in tandem with a public relations campaign entitled “Enough is Enough.” The proposed legislation required all colleges to adopt a set of comprehensive procedures and guidelines, including a uniform definition of affirmative consent, a statewide amnesty policy, and expanded access to law enforcement.

The original legislation was viewed as insufficient in many areas, including language that was not gender neutral. The Office of Government and Community Relations worked closely with the NYS Senate Higher Education Chairman and NYS Assembly Higher Education Chairwoman to have the Governor’s legislation pulled from consideration and replaced with a more comprehensive bill that incorporated language and policies private universities had already adopted working closely with student advocates. The Office of Government and Community Relations participated in the drafting of the Senate bill and several areas of the now enacted legislation closely mirror Pace’s Sexual Assault Policy.

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Vanessa J. Herman

AVP, Government & Community Relations, Pace University
Since February 2013, Vanessa J. Herman has served as the Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Relations at Pace University. In this role Vanessa oversees the University’s Federal, State and local government relations portfolio and is the primary point of contac... Read More →
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Debbie Levesque

Asst. Dean C'mmty Stds & Compliance, Pace University
Debbie serves as the Assistant Dean for Community Standards and Compliance. Debbie came to Pace from the University of Kentucky in 1982. She is a long time member of the administrative staff and has worked on all three of the University's campuses in a variety of roles, primarily within the Division of Student Affairs. Debbie has always been a staunch student advocate and works with her very dedicated colleagues to ensure students are well represented across the University. Debbie began her latest assignment in Community Standards in the spring of 2014. A University-wide position, Debbie's new role takes her back to her roots and provides an opportunity to travel between the campuses and to meet and work with a large number of students, staff and faculty. One of her greatest joys is reminiscing with alumni who she often meets at University events like Homecoming and a variety of University sponsored events. In addition to her work on behalf of our students, Debbie is a Pace alumna (Dyson '95, earning her M.S. in Counseling) and a Pace parent whose son is a two time Pace grad, earning his B.S. in Criminal Justice and a M.A. in Management, Public Safety and Homeland Security. Debbie is a member of ASCA Association for Student Conduct Administration, AHEAD Association on Higher Education and Disability, NASPA National Association for Student Personal Administration and ACPA American College Personnel Association... Read More →

Tuesday October 10, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
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