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Relationship violence, sexual misconduct workgroup chairs step down

April 27, 2023
Spring trees bloom at Michigan State University on Sunday, April 16, 2023.
Spring trees bloom at Michigan State University on Sunday, April 16, 2023.

Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Expert Advisory Workgroup co-chairs Rebecca Campbell and Andrea Munford are stepping down from their positions, an email from interim president Teresa Woodruff said. New co-chairs will take over starting May 15.

The Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct, or RVSM, Expert Advisory Workgroup was formed in February 2018 and serves to guide university services, education and prevention efforts. Campbell and Munford have held the co-chair positions since the group’s creation.

Through their positions as co-chairs, Campbell and Munford also worked as special advisors to the president, making recommendations on how to address sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking issues within the university community.

According to the email, both Campbell and Munford will continue research and service work related to RVSM issues. Campbell is also a psychology professor at MSU and works with the MSU Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence. Munford is the deputy chief of the Community Support Bureau at the MSU Police Department and is also a member of the MSU Special Victims Unit. 

Campbell and Munford declined interviews with The State News.

Starting May 15, 2023, the co-chair positions will be filled by social work professor Carrie Moylan and Office of College Access Initiatives director Stephanie Anthony.

Moylan is also a member of the Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence and has experience with RVSM issues as both a social worker and a researcher.

Anthony has experience counseling sexual assault and intimate partner violence and has worked with the Michigan Department of Attorney General’s Consumer Protections unit assisting child abuse survivors. Through her position as Faculty Senate and Steering Committee vice chairperson, Anthony led reviews of RVSM policy changes. 

Moylan was on sabbatical and unavailable for comment at the time of publication. Anthony was not available for comment.

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