In July 2014, Dartmouth hosted a Summit on Sexual Assault on College Campuses for several hundred college and university representatives, experts, students and non-profit organizations from around the country. The Summit, which took place from July 13-July 17, 2014, educated campus and community stakeholders on sexual assault prevention, education and response, provided institutional participants the chance to learn about best practices and examined model policies and procedures to apply on their own campuses.

Dr. David Lisak, a nationally recognized forensic expert on sexual assault, and Claudia Bayliff, an attorney with more than 26 years of expertise in the field who has worked with the Air Force and with Legal Momentum: The Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund, worked with Dartmouth to develop programming and a framework for productive and engaging dialogue.  

The plenary sessions on July 13, 14 and 15 were open to the public. On July 16 and July 17, cross-institutional/cross-functional working groups composed of conference attendee volunteers convened to prioritize work on key issues that will continue over the next year. The ongoing working group format, as suggested by Dr. Lisak and Ms. Bayliff, brings together experts and practitioners to develop materials and recommendation in their areas of interest to share widely with other colleges and universities. Working group topic areas include: Prevention and Education, Direct Service and Response, Investigations and Accountability, Confidentiality and Legal Issues, and Research and Assessment. The ultimate goal of the working groups is to produce specific materials and recommendations that can contribute to prevention and response on our campuses.

Follow these links for the Summit schedule and presenter bios. For daily reports of the July conference sessions, activities, and expert opinions, please see the links below:


Sexual Assault Expert Encouraged by Dartmouth Summit

Summit Participants Aim to Reconvene in Six Months

Survivor: Without Justice, Sexual Violence Will Not End

Higher Ed Institutions Face a 'Historic Decision Point'

Forum Examines Campus Sexual Assaults

Dartmouth Opens National Summit on Sexual Assault

Dartmouth Summit on Sexual Assault Opens Sunday, July 13