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In May 2016, BYU president Kevin J Worthen organized the Advisory Council on Campus Response to Sexual Assault with a charge to identify changes that will help BYU work toward the elimination of sexual assault on campus and determine how to better handle the reporting process for victims of sexual assault. Throughout the summer, the Advisory Council spent hundreds of hours researching and talking to many people inside and outside the university to identify changes that will help BYU determine how to better handle the reporting process for victims of sexual assault.

From left: Sandra Rogers, Jan Scharman, Ben Ogles and Julie Valentine
From left: Sandra Rogers, Jan Scharman, Ben Ogles and Julie Valentine

The Advisory Council was comprised of four members:

Jan Scharman attended the University of Utah where she earned a doctorate in counseling psychology. She is a licensed psychologist and served as associate director of the BYU Counseling and Career Center, as then as dean of students at BYU prior to her appointment as Student Life Vice President in 2000.

Sandra Rogers earned graduate degrees in nursing from the University of Arizona and the University of California San Francisco with a doctorate in international and cross-cultural nursing.  She has been an associate dean and the dean of the College of Nursing and an associate academic vice president at BYU.  She was appointed International Vice President in 2001.

Ben Ogles is the dean of BYU’s College of Family, Home and Social Sciences. He earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from BYU and taught psychology at Ohio University from 1990 to 2011. At Ohio University he served as chair and director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology and as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. His research specialty is assessment of clinical outcomes, and he provides services as a licensed clinical psychologist.

Julie Valentine is an assistant professor in the BYU College of Nursing and a certified adult/adolescent sexual assault nurse examiner. Her clinical specialty and research focus areas are sexual assault, intimate partner violence, violence against women and criminal justice system response to sexual violence. Dr. Valentine is principal investigator in multiple research studies regarding sexual violence in Utah.  

The Advisory Council's final report and recommendations can be found at news.byu.edu/title-ix 

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