A Webinar of Pepper Hamilton LLP

Investigating and Resolving Sexual Assaults on Campus

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pepper-Freeh Group Higher Education Webinar Series

Angelo Stio and Gina Maisto Smith discuss what was covered during the webinar and give a look at what to expect for future webinars on this topic.

Every day, colleges and universities throughout the country, face the challenge of promoting personal responsibility while striving to make their campuses as safe as possible. Efforts to make campuses as safe as possible include adopting and implementing effective steps to address sexual violence, end its reoccurrence and address its effects.

Join our panel of attorneys including, a current deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, a former university in-house counsel and a former sex crimes prosecutor from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office who counsels universities on the implementations of Title IX and who was also hired by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to conduct a review of cases and internal procedures following a grand jury indictment of several priests accused of sexual abuse, for a discussion on the legal requirements and best practices for addressing sexual violence on campus. This webinar focuses on practical mechanisms to investigate and promptly resolve allegations of sexual violence and prevent its reoccurrence in accordance with Title IX and the Department of Education's April 4, 2011 "Dear Colleague" letter.

Issues our panel discuss include:

  • developing a formal policy to address sexual violence
  • implementing internal operating procedures informed by the dynamics of sexual misconduct
  • training public safety officers, staff and administrators on investigative techniques and conducting the hearing process
  • balancing the rights of victims and the accused
  • providing victim support and counseling
  • fielding press and communication inquiries
  • integrating FERPA and Clery Act considerations
  • coordinating with local law enforcement authorities
  • employing strategies to prevent the reoccurrence of sexual violence and address its effects.

Matthew Dolan, managing director, Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC and former general counsel, United States Naval Academy

John K. DiPaolo, deputy assistant secretary for policy, U.S. Department of Education
Gina Maisto Smith, partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP and former sex crimes prosecutor from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
Angelo A. Stio III, partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP

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PDF file of the PowerPoint slides from the Webinar.

This is the second in a series of Higher Education Webinars being presented by Pepper Hamilton LLP and Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC (FGIS). Future webinars will include discussions on NCAA compliance issues, affirmative action and university admissions, and dealing with hazing.

Pepper and FGIS recently reconstituted an Education Risk Counseling, Investigation and Litigation Services Team to conduct independent, confidential compliance reviews and investigations, counsel college and university boards on risk management solutions, and, defend colleges and universities when litigation presents itself.

View the video below to hear highlights of our first Pepper-Freeh webinar from Pepper partner Omar McNeill and FGIS managing director Matt Dolan.


Gina Maisto Smith
Phone: 215.981.4490
Fax: 215.981.4750

Angelo A. Stio III
Phone: 609.951.4125

Fax: 609.452.1147


photo of Matthew Dolan
Matthew Dolan
Managing Director
Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC
Former General Counsel
United States Naval Academy
Phone: 302.824.7139

John K. DiPaolo
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy
U.S. Department of Education

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