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 Sexual Assault and Violence Education (S.A.V.E.)

The SAVE task force is charged with increasing the level of awareness of sexual violence and providing programs that inform members of the campus community about sexual assault, risk factors, and risk reduction measures. SAVE invites all members of the University to be proactive in working to end sexual violence. 

For more information and to file a report of sexual violence with the University contact:

Title IX Coordinator:  Lauren Jones McKown, JD, Title IX Compliance Coordinator, Schuster Student Success Center 110, 706-507-8757,  If you would like confidential assistance, students can contact the Student Counseling Center at 706-507-8740 and employees can contact the EAP at 706-649-6500 or 844-243-4440.
Title IX Deputy Coordinators: Dr. Aaron Reese at 706-507-8652, or Shanita Pettaway, J.D., Ph.D., at 706-507-8904,

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What Should I Do?

In cooperation with University System of Georgia (USG) policy and as part of Columbus State University's comprehensive health and safety program, beginning Fall semester 2015, Columbus State will require all incoming students to complete an online sexual violence prevention and alcohol education program. The USG and Columbus State University's goals are to increase each student's knowledge of sexual violence, decrease harmful behaviors, and provide information to assist in making quality life choices.

The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SAVE) Act requires all colleges and universities to address sexual violence. Institutions of higher education must provide educational programming for all incoming students on the issues of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. To comply with this federal mandate, Columbus State University has partnered with EverFi, whose mission is to help students address critical skills such as alcohol abuse prevention and sexual violence awareness in institutions of higher education. With this partnership, we will be requiring all students to take the online class called Sexual Assault Prevention: Understanding Sexual Assault program, which addresses the critical issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Everfi Prevention Directions


SAVE Task Force Membership 

Theresa Willey: Committee Chair, Project Coordinator for Office on Violence Against Women Grant
Dana Larkin: Student Affairs, Assistant Dean of Students
Kyle A. Bair: Sexual Assault Support Center Inc., Executive Director
Melani Landerfelt-Ozholt: Counseling Center, Outreach Coordinator Coordinator
Rodger Page: Residence Life Coordinator
Tess Taylor: University Police, Lieutenant
Victoria Roebuck: Student Health Center, Director
Lauren Jones McKown: Center for Accommodation and Access, Director/Title IX Coordinator 
William Keen: Student Development Specialist for Fraternity and Sorority Life
Julio Llanos: Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine, Diversity & Inclusion
Annette Brown: Human Resources, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Michael Stewart: University Police, Sergeant
Richard Barrow: Enterprise Risk Management, Director
Joyce Dent-Fitzpatrick: Columbus Police Department, Special Victims Unit
Sarah Secoy: Residence Life, Director 





For more information on the S.A.V.E. Task Force, please contact Theresa Willey at:


Important Phone Numbers

Title IX Compliance

University Police

Sexual Assault Support Center

Counseling Center

Student Health Clinic

Student Affairs

On-Campus Resources

Off-Campus Resources

Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault Support Center: 706-571-6010 or 1800-656-HOPE

Russell County Rape Crisis Response: 334-297-4484

Domestic Violence

Battered Women/Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-334-2836

Columbus Alliance for Battered Women: 706-324-3850

Russell County Shelter for Battered Women Hotline: 334-297-4401