2017 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference: A NASPA Strategies Conference

January 19 – January 21, 2017
Austin, TX

The 2017 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference focuses on giving student affairs practitioners the tools to effectively address violence on campus through a variety of integrative approaches. This conference is part of the NASPA Strategies Conferences, which include the 2017 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Conference and the 2017 NASPA Mental Health Conference.

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Recent tragic events on college campuses and the passage of the Campus SaVE Act highlight the need for a conference focused on violence prevention strategies for college and university campuses. Sexual assault and violence cause immeasurable harms; some public, some private; some personal, some institutional; but all are an intolerable break from the purpose, mission, and values of higher education. Creating a safer campus involves prevention education, timely and appropriate response to violent events, support for victims of violence, and accountability for perpetrators. 

Learning Objectives

Attend this conference to:

  • identify best practices for developing and/or revising comprehensive campus sexual assault policies; understand the latest federal and state legislative policy updates that impact sexual violence on campus and evaluate best practices for compliance, implementation, and evaluation
  • identify strategies to implement sustainable evidence-based practices to prevent and address violence; develop strategic plans for building, funding and assessing prevention and response programs on campus
  • learn how to build stronger relationships between campuses and community service providers; increase communication and buy-in from campus and community stakeholders regarding sexual violence prevention and response
  • discover and compare strategies to implement and increase prevention programming and improve campus response to violence and victims
  • explore ways in which violence prevention intersects with both mental health and substance abuse on campus to develop and enhance prevention, intervention and response
  • examine institutional systems and structures that contribute to the prevalence of violence; and explore social justice practices that foster more welcoming and inclusive campus communities

Continuing Education will be available at this conference. Click here for more information on Continuing Education and frequently asked questions.

New! The Office on Violence Against Women has approved the 2017 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response conference for OVW grantees.  The following OVW programs have conditionally approved their grantees to attend this conference.  Grantees are required to contact their OVW program specialist to get approval specific to their award and to ensure that a Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) is issued.  A GAN must be completed before grantees commit or expend any funds related to attending this conference. 

  • Campus 
  • Consolidated Youth
  • LAV 
  • Rural State Coalition 
  • SASP-Cultural
  • SASP-Formula
  • Underserved  

Grantees from STOP may be invited to attend this conference and do not have to contact their program manager for prior approval.  Grantees who are not required to get prior approval to attend this conference should be advised to place a “memo to the file” in their grant records indicating the conference approval reference number.  The reference number for this conference is OVW-2017-MU-005. This number must be used by grantees when requesting approval via a GAN or in their “memo to the file”.     


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Call for Programs

The Call for Programs has been extended to Thursday, September 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET!

The conference planning committee is seeking proposals that enhance and progress the field of sexual violence prevention and response on college campuses. Presenters will be asked to identify the intended audience for their session; beginner, intermediate and advanced. Additionally, the conference planning committee will select programs based upon the programs' relationship to the conference themes and learning outcomes.  Special consideration will be given to programs that address integrative approaches.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Promising Practices in Compliance and Implementation of State and Federal Legislation

    • What have been your institution’s greatest successes in implementing the requirements of Title IX, the Clery Act, and other state legislation?
    • What is your campus doing to meet changing state policies for guns on campus?
    • What systems or personnel are in place to help your campus identifying forthcoming legislation at the federal and state level that will impact your campus prevention and response efforts?
    • How has your institution strengthened relationships with state agencies or organizations with oversight for compliance with state legislation?

  • Evidence-Based Practices to Prevent and Address Violence

    • What methods are you using to collect data for reporting on violence? How are you using this data to evaluate and improve programs?
    • How are you measuring the impact of mandatory prevention programs for incoming students, training for professional staff and bystander intervention programs on your campus?
    • How do you utilize federal or state level reporting requirements to improve or alter your prevention programs on campus?
    • Has your campus conducted a climate survey? How were the results used? What lessons were learned as a result of that process?

  • Campus and Community Partnerships

    • What tools are you developing or utilizing to streamline communication and collaboration between campus and community partners?
    • What steps are you taking to increase collaboration between campus and the community to address violence?
    • In what formal capacities (beyond MOUs) are community partners regularly involved in your institution’s prevention and response efforts?
    • In what ways do you share your processes, protocols and incident rates with non-campus stakeholder to increase transparency?

  • Sexual Violence Response Programs

    • What protocols have you developed to respond to incidents of violence, provide timely notification, and manage traumatic events?
    • How do you balance your resources among prevention, intervention and crisis response? 
    • What innovative ways are you using to create or strengthen response systems on your campus? How are you assessing students’ awareness of campus policies, and campus and community resources?
    • What innovative strategies do you have to support students impacted by interpersonal violence over the long-term?

  • Systemic and Social Justice Approaches to Prevention

    • How are you implementing inclusive prevention strategies?
    • How has your campus responded to student activism to decrease violence on campus?
    • How is social justice incorporated into your prevention education?
    • How is your institution identifying and addressing rape culture on your campus? How are you working to address societal norms and systems that perpetuate unhealthy attitudes and behaviors within particular populations on campus?
    • What programs are used on your campus to treat and support students with multiple mental health, alcohol and other drug problems who are involved with interpersonal violence cases?

  • Strategic Planning and Assessment of Prevention and Response Programs

    • How do you use data to evaluate and/or guide decision making for campus infrastructure and policy?
    • How does your campus assess that investigations of reported sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking are adequate, prompt,
    • reliable, and impartial?
    • How are you measuring the effectiveness of updated policies, protocols and procedures for sexual violence response?
    • How do your institution’s violence prevention and response efforts fit into the Division of Student Affairs strategic plan and the institution’s strategic plan? What data informs this strategic plan and how is it evaluated? 

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.

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Submission Timeline
  • July 15, 2016
    Call for Programs Opens
  • September 15, 2016
    Call for Programs Deadline
  • October 7, 2016
    Presenter Notifications
  • October 14, 2016
    Presenter Confirmation Deadline

Writing Tips

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.


The 2017 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference occurs at the same place and time as the 2017 NASPA Mental Health and 2017 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Conferences. Participants can attend sessions from any of the conferences.

Thu, Jan 19

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshops
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Conference Welcome and Plenary Speaker
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Mini-Institute Sessions
6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Opening Reception and Poster Sessions

Fri, Jan 20

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Conference Break
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Plenary Sessions
2:!5 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Mini-Institute Sessions
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Sat, Jan 21

7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Conference Closing and Plenary Speaker


Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee.  If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration.  Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

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Registration Fees

Early Bird
before 11/04/2015
Regular Registration
11/05/2015 to 12/8/2016
Late Registration
after 12/9/2016
NASPA Member
NASPA Student Member


Tonya Murphy
Membership Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183


View Registration Policies

Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by November 4, 2016, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined. We are unable to change payment methods after the initial payment is processed. With prior approval, anyone registered but who cannot attend may send a substitute. Substitution information must come in writing from the registered participant. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. The conference may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, registration fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather-related travel delays or other issues in regard to personal travel and no refunds will be given due to these occurrences. NOTE: All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing events@naspa.org. Due to our food and beverage requirements, no refunds will be granted after November 4, 2016. Registration Questions? Contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail at [email protected]

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Hilton Austin

Hilton Austin
Austin, TX

All conference activities will take place at the Hilton Austin.

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Hilton Austin starting at $209/night (not including 15% state and local taxes). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Tuesday, December 27, 2016. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date so please make your reservation as soon as possible. To book your reservation online, please click the "book your hotel now" button below. To book a room by phone, please call 512-482-8000 and reference the NASPA Strategies Conference.  


Hotel Room Rate/Night
Hilton Austin
500 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701
$209 - Single/Double
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