Your Voice Is Important

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dear Appalachian Community:

In May 2012, a university Interpersonal Violence Task Force was charged, and later that year they submitted a full report with recommendations for the 2012-13 academic year. With the acceptance and implementation of all recommendations in January 2014, the university’s Interpersonal Violence Council was established to continue: assembling and recording data; reviewing best practices in prevention, education, and services; and recommending short- and long-term strategies, practices, and policies regarding sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence.

This Spring Semester, the Interpersonal Violence Council will release its 2015 Campus Climate Survey. When you receive it via email, please take the time to complete this important survey. The data secured through this survey are vital to addressing the critically important and complex issues surrounding the prevention of interpersonal violence, as well as compliance with Title IX and the Clery Act.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Appalachian Community for your active participation in working toward a more healthy and safe campus. I extend my sincere thanks to the 745 faculty and staff, and more than 2,200 students who have participated in in-person sexual assault/interpersonal violence training. In a new program, 1,557 incoming freshmen and transfer students took part in online sexual assault prevention training. To learn more about the Interpersonal Violence Council and its work, please visit

If you or someone you know needs support dealing with interpersonal violence, it is important you know that you are not alone. For information about available resources, please visit


/s/ Sheri N. Everts

Sheri N. Everts