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Dear Campus Community,

The Title IX team is pleased to provide a comprehensive report and action plan based on the 2018 Centre Speaks Survey on Sexual and Relationship Violence. Titled “Create a Culture of Caring,” the report below represents the College’s intentional effort to address sexual misconduct. As President Roush suggests in his opening letter, “this requires undoing generational attitudes about acceptable behavior and then relearning how we treat one another with care, dignity, and respect.”


Centre Speaks Comprehensive Report(PDF)

After CentreTerm, we will hold open Q & A sessions in February to discuss the report and our plans for moving forward, as your commitment to prevent sexual misconduct at Centre College is needed.


Sexual assault and misconduct is an issue Centre takes seriously—there’s nothing more important than the safety and well-being of all of our students, staff, and faculty. Together, we can create a safe place for all. As evidenced by the insight shared in the 2018 Centre Speaks Survey on Sexual and Relationship Violence, there is on-going work to be done on all levels—as an institution, a community, and a student body. We know the vast majority of students would never harm their fellow students, or even contemplate it, but we all must be better informed about sexual assault, how it happens, and how it can be prevented.  As the data show, it does indeed happen on our campus.


No single campus constituency can eradicate sexual and relationship violence on its own. The entire campus community must work collectively to create a safer environment and culture of respect in which all members can live, work, and learn.


Last September our College community had the opportunity to attend a convocation titled Centre Speaks: Survey on Sexual and Relationship Violence. This presentation by several national experts focused on the survey results to inform us about our community's sexual misconduct prevention needs.


Our presenters have been instrumental in helping the College to communicate our findings and develop action plans for the on-going work to be done on all levels—as an institution, a community, and a student body.


  • Cara Tuttle Bell is the Director of the Project Safe Center for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response at Vanderbilt University. Previously, Cara served as the Associate Director of Student Conduct at Vanderbilt University and as the Director of Programs for the Women’s Center at Northwestern University. In these roles, Cara has provided institutional advocacy on issues of gender equity, violence prevention and response, and Title IX and Clery Act compliance throughout her fifteen years in higher education.


  • Holly Rider-Milkovich is the Senior Director of Prevention Education at EVERFI. Previously, Holly directed the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center at the University of Michigan. Holly provided expertise to President Obama’s White House Task Force on best practices for campus-based sexual and intimate partner violence prevention and response efforts and represented four-year colleges and universities in the federal negotiated rule-making committee for the 2013 Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization. She brings over two decades of experience in violence prevention and response in higher education to her role at EVERFI.


  • As the Senior Research Analyst of Prevention Education at EVERFI, Lauren Soutiea leads the research and data analysis needs of the Prevention Education team. Lauren supports the development and manages the analysis of EVERFI’s Climate Survey, Alcohol and Sexual Assault Diagnostic Inventories, as well as EVERFI’s higher education course survey data. By developing research-based resources and tools, Lauren supports the efforts of the prevention professionals that make up the Campus Prevention Network (CPN), EVERFI’s nationwide initiative support institutions that have demonstrated commitment to prevention related to health and safety issues on their campuses.


For those who were unable to attend, please follow the links below to view a video of the entire presentation and the PowerPoint presentation on which it was based.


Centre Speaks: Survey on Sexual and Relationship Violence(Video)

Centre Speaks: Survey on Sexual and Relationship Violence(PowerPoint Presentation)



If you have any questions about our sexual misconduct policies, procedures, or support resources, please contact Kay Drake, Title IX Coordinator, at


We thank you for taking time to learn more about how, together, we can prevent sexual misconduct and help keep each other safe.



Our Community's Mission: Create a Culture of Caring

We can create a culture of caring where:

  1. Students, faculty, and staff feel safe in the place where they work, live, and study;
  2. Students, faculty, and staff are educated in bystander intervention;
  3. Students understand what consent is and strive to have healthy sexual relationships;
  4. Survivors feel safe reporting what’s happened to them and know we care and will help;
  5. Resources are known and widely-accessed;
  6. Policies are alive and practiced and give us strength and clarity to create and uphold the values of the Centre community we love and to which we aspire.

Statement to Students who Experience Sexual Misconduct

-from the Title IX team and Responsible Employees, Student Health & Centre Counseling, & Department of Public Safety

  1. We will treat you and your particular case with courtesy, sensitivity, dignity, understanding, and professionalism.
  2. We will consider our doors "open" to students to drop in as needed with concerns. We will welcome you.
  3. We will meet you privately, at a place of your choice in this area to take a complaint report. 
  4. We will consider your case seriously, regardless of your gender or the gender of the suspect. 
  5. We will not prejudge you and you will not be blamed for what occurred.
  6. We will assist you in arranging for any hospital treatment or other medical needs. 
  7. We will assist you in contacting the police or filing a protective order. 
  8. We will assist you in privately contacting a counselor and/or other available resources. 
  9. We will assist you with measures that may make a difference in your ability to pursue your education. These may include changes in course schedule, residence hall, or work-study.
  10. We will fully investigate the incident. You will be kept up-to-date on the progress of the Title IX complaint at every stage.
  11. We will continue to be available for you, answer your questions, explain the systems and process involved, and be a willing listener.


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