NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University will host the LEAP: Sexual Misconduct Symposium on March 25, 2019, from 8 am to 5 pm in Milano Ballroom. This conference welcomes 100 attendees from 28 different higher education institutions and four county sexual assault prevention agencies.

This is a sexual misconduct conference created with the intent to offer higher education administrators and community partners the opportunity to learn from leading experts at no cost through collaboration and access to community resources. In an ever-changing educational and regulatory setting, it is imperative that all institutions have access to the most up to date information and practices to ensure compassionate compliance.

Throughout the day topics will range from building an effective compliance program at colleges, campus threat assessment teams, Title IX Coordinator best practices, an in-depth stalking case study, and the effects of the proposed Title IX regulations on college campuses.

National presenters include:

  • Gina Maisto Smith and Leslie Gomez- Cozen O'Connor in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Jeffrey Nolan- Dinse P.C in Burlington, Vt.
  • Anna Nasset- Stand Up Resources
  • Lianne Tuomey- Chief of Police at University of Vermont
  • Lisa Burchard- Director of Public Safety at Middlebury College
  • Larry Rooney- Chief of Public Safety at Norwich University
  • Kristi Clemons- Title IX Coordinator at Dartmouth College
  • Karen Guttentag- Assistant Dean of Students at Middlebury College
  • Catherine Welch- Title IX Coordinator at Saint Michael's College
  • Matt Roche- Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Norwich University

While seats for the conference are full, it may be possible to attend one session on a case-by-case basis. To find out more, please contact Matt Roche directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1 (802) 485-2144.

This event is sponsored by Norwich University’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), which aims to foster a safe campus climate and culture through leadership, education, advocacy, and prevention. The office partners with community partners to offer training, prevention programming, and outreach to ensure that Norwich continues to provide a safe and secure campus for all of its community members. The office also investigates all matters relating to sexual and gender based misconduct and discrimination.

“LEAP: Leadership. Education. Advocacy. Prevention.” is a committee run by the DEI Office. The committee is made up of students, staff, faculty, and community partners with the goal of addressing campus climate and culture challenges on campus. The committee develops and implements prevention and awareness programming for the Norwich community while also serving as a voice and reporting arm for students.


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About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). 

Norwich will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

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