President Crow names task force on sexual violence prevention

August 21, 2014

Panel of faculty, staff and students to study ways to extend the university’s efforts to combat sexual violence

Addressing a problem that affects campuses across the country, President Michael Crow today named a task force to review Arizona State University’s efforts to prevent sexual violence and ensure that current polices and programs foster “a culture of respect” for all members of the ASU community. Download Full Image

The task force comprised of faculty, staff, students and members of the ASU Police Department will review current policies and practices, strengthen education and awareness efforts, enhance partnerships with key organizations and agencies, and review and recommend support services and resources for victims of sexual misconduct.

Sexual violence, including sexual assault, is recognized as a national problem, and colleges and universities have not been immune. National surveys report that one in five undergraduate women and one in 16 undergraduate men experience attempted or completed sexual assault while in college. Sexual violence has a profound impact on a victim’s academic, social and personal life, and negatively affects the experiences of their friends and families, other students and members of the university community.

“ASU is committed to combating this complex social problem and strives to foster a positive learning, working and living environment that promotes every individual’s ability to work and study without fear of sexual harassment or sexual violence,” Crow said. “Through university policies, awareness efforts, education and training programs, and advocacy, every member of the ASU community should be prepared to actively contribute to a culture of respect and keep our community free from sexual violence, harassment, exploitation and intimidation.”

The university provides many resources designed to combat sexual violence. This fall, more than 4,000 students are participating in training to raise awareness about sexual assault prevention and bystander intervention. Additionally, all ASU students will be completing Consent and Respect, an online educational module designed to enhance awareness of sexual violence and its impact on college students, and to provide critical information on what to do if you or someone you know experiences sexual violence. Expanded sexual violence prevention training and education will also be provided to all faculty and staff. Information on how to report an incident, university policies and procedures can be found at a new web portal that provides a comprehensive list of campus resources dedicated to combating sexual violence.

The task force review comes at a time when policymakers at the national level are increasingly focused on the problem of sexual violence on campuses, and it will provide an opportunity to gauge where ASU’s policies and procedures stand with regard to evolving federal regulations.

Specifically, the task force will:

• review current reporting and adjudication processes and procedures, and make recommendation for change or improvement

• review current support services and recommend opportunities to provide maximum support to community members who experience sexual violence

• recommend ways to increase overall awareness within the campus community on issues of sexual violence, community standards and campus resources

• identify ways to enhance the effectiveness of our educational efforts regarding sexual assault prevention and bystander education

• recommend ways for members of the community to engage in educational activities toward building a culture that fosters prevention

• examine the role of alcohol and drugs in relation to issues of sexual violence, and make recommendations for policy, education and outreach

• identify how the institution should best evaluate the effectiveness of our efforts

The task force will be co-chaired by Marlene Tromp, vice provost and dean of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and Jennifer Hightower, deputy vice president for student services. It will seek input broadly from students, faculty, administrators, law enforcement and subject matter experts.

The university encourages students to report sexual assault to the university’s police department, and if the student is uncomfortable with contacting ASU Police directly, he or she can consult with other members of the university staff who will connect the student with the proper support and services.

Sexual assault cases that are reported at ASU are fully investigated in accordance with the Arizona Board of Regents Student Code of Conduct. These cases are handled with sensitivity throughout the process, from counseling to reporting the crime.

Lisa Robbins

Editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications


ASU newcomer to lead College of Liberal Arts and Sciences marketing efforts

August 21, 2014

Originally from the University of Arizona, ASU newcomer Nick Adamakis says he's proud to become a Sun Devil.

Adamakis is the new director of marketing, communications and outreach for ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “I’m looking forward to creating and leading marketing strategies that enhance brand value, promote growth and engage students, faculty, alumni and the ASU community,” he said. Nick Adamakis Download Full Image

He has more than 25 years of marketing experience, including 16 years in higher education administration at the University of Arizona.

More remarkably, Adamakis is a cancer survivor, who at the age of 23 won a life-threatening battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a rare form of blood cancer.

Adamakis will lead the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences team to develop strategy and oversee all marketing efforts, branding, social media, media relations and publicity, and will provide counsel and business acumen to support the college’s leadership team and academic units.

“As the largest college at ASU, liberal arts and sciences are key to the future of the university,” said Dean Patrick Kenney. “I am confident Nick will raise the profile of our college so students know the breadth of our studies.”

At the University of Arizona, Adamakis served in high-profile marketing and business leadership capacities, most recently as associate director for the student unions and director of marketing for student affairs, where he was responsible for directing the marketing strategies and communication efforts for a $220 million auxiliary that included admissions and enrollment.

Adamakis built, led, mentored and managed an integrated and award-winning marketing and communications team of 15 professional staff and more than 25 students. In addition to his marketing efforts, Adamakis also led the development and implementation of the university’s first mobile application, and implemented and managed innovative divisional social media plans, digital content properties and recruitment initiatives.

He received both his bachelor's in music and marketing and his MBA from the UA, where he also earned a UA leadership fellowship and numerous management and committee awards.

Adamakis has one son, Nicolas III, who is a junior studying film at ASU.