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Provost’s Sexual Misconduct Prevention Committee (PSMPC)

The Provost's Sexual Misconduct Prevention Committee (PSMPC), formerly known as the Provost’s Task Force on Sexual Assault (PTFSA), reviews and recommends campus strategies for prevention of sexual misconduct and intimate partner violence; serves as a liaison to local campus units on these issues; and collaborates with student groups seeking to improve the campus climate regarding sexual misconduct and intimate partner violence. For AY18-19, the PSMPC will specifically focus on issues impacting the campus safety and security in regard to sexual misconduct prevention, and if time allows also review resource needs for prevention of sexual misconduct.


  • Claire Smrekar, associate professor, public policy and education, Peabody College; chair;
  • Mark Bandas, associate provost and dean of students, Office of the Dean of Students;
  • G.L. Black, associate dean, Office of the Dean of Students;
  • Kelly Christie, assistant dean, academic programs and student life, Owen Graduate School of Management;
  • Daniel Cornfield, professor, sociology, College of Arts & Science
  • Cynthia Cyrus, vice provost for learning and residential affairs, professor of musicology, affiliated faculty in women's and gender studies, Office of the Provost; 
  • Andrew Finch, associate professor, human and organizational development, Peabody College; 
  • Tracey George, interim vice provost for faculty affairs, Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family chair in law and liberty, professor of political science, Office of the Provost
  • Melissa Hilmes, assistant professor, radiology and radiological sciences, School of Medicine
  • Rolanda Johnson, assistant dean for diversity and inclusion, assistant dean for academics, associate professor, School of Nursing;
  • Chris Meyers, assistant dean for student affairs, Law School;
  • Stephanie Roth, associate general counsel, Office of the General Counsel
  • Florence Sanchez, director, graduate studies in environmental engineering, associate chair, civil and environmental engineering, associate professor, civil and environmental engineering, School of Engineering;
  • Ruth Schemmer, assistant dean for career development, liaison to the graduate student advisory council and the graduate development network, Graduate School;
  • Trudy Stringer, associate director of field education, assistant professor of the practice of ministry, Divinity School;
  • Cara Tuttle Bell, director, Project Safe Center, Office of the Dean of Students; 
  • Sheree Wright, senior associate general counsel, Office of the General Counsel; and
  • Molly Zlock, director of Title IX and Title IX coordinator.

Previous Committees


Vanderbilt University 2015 Campus Climate Survey Recommendations from the Provost’s Task Force on Sexual Violence January 26, 2016