President's Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct

The President’s Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct (PIPSM) is the University of Minnesota’s centralized, long-term commitment to reduce and prevent sexual misconduct within the University community. PIPSM seeks long-term culture change and envisions a University community that is safe and free from sexual harassment, sexual violence and sexual misconduct. PIPSM consists of four subcommittees, each focused on key aspects of a comprehensive plan:

  • Faculty and Staff Training;
  • Student Education and Engagement;
  • Public Health Awareness Campaign; and
  • Evaluation and Research

A Coordinating Committee (composed of the chairs and co-chairs of the four subcommittees as well as additional subcommittee members) facilitates communications between committees and with the President’s Office. The Coordinating Committee works to ensure PIPSM enhances and builds upon existing University efforts by adopting a public health approach with a focus on prevention. PIPSM supports development in five key areas:

  1. Comprehensive Prevention - Strategies that complement and reinforce one another across the social ecological model; 
  2. Infrastructure – The basic organizational systems and structures needed to effectively implement prevention strategies across the University System;
  3. Audience - Faculty, staff and students as the recipients of prevention messages and campaigns;
  4. Partnerships and Sustainability – The development of healthy working relationships with community stakeholders and partners in order to strengthen and align prevention efforts; and 
  5. Evaluation – Identification of which programs, polices and/or practices are working and which are not working.

A public health approach is community assessment-based and evidence-driven. It includes comprehensive strategies from the individual to the community to shape and promote change in campus norms and values, culture and behavior.

Progress Summaries

Organized by workgroup and accessible by date


December 6, 2018Faculty & Staff Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training Pre and Post Survey Data 

May 17, 2018: From Theory to Practice: Innovations in Sexual Violence Prevention on Campus with Kaaren Williamsen, director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center at the University of Michigan, and Katie Eichele, director of the Aurora Center at the University of Minnesota. Williamsen slides; Eichele slides;

March 23, 2018Dr. Alan Berkowitz conference and training sessions. Presentation.

February 9, 2018: Dean John Finnegan's presentation to the Board of Regents. Presentation.

More Updates


In his March 2017 State of the University address, President Kaler pledged to advance the recommendations of an ad hoc work group convened early that year. The President’s Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct was officially launched in May 2017 with the delivery of five charge letters to senior leaders, including John Finnegan, dean, School of Public Health, named chair.

 In October 2017, Chair Finnegan summarized a report to the President, a plan and recommendations reflecting engagement with more than 300 faculty, staff and students. In November 2017, President Kaler provided his response to the report, requesting a 30-day comment period, approving a two-year budget, and inviting organizers to find a permanent administrative home for this ongoing work.