Contact us!

Want to speak to someone confidentially or get involved with the Compassionate Response Team? For more information contact:

Sandra Miles, PhD

Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC)
4601 Central Avenue, LC Room 1200
Columbus, IN 47203

Phone: 812.375.7525


Student Welfare Initiatives and Title IX


The Student Welfare Initiative is aimed at coordinating and intensifying efforts across all campuses administered by IU to prevent and respond to sexual assault and all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct and to support the safety and well-being of students.  The initiative helps ensure IU’s responsiveness to the federal laws, including Title IX and the Campus SaVE Act, which require institutions of higher education to take action to respond promptly and effectively to sexual violence and harassment, as well as to increase transparency, accountability and education on these issues. It aligns with the White House’s Not Alone initiative, a nationwide effort to raise awareness and take action against the pervasiveness of sexual assault on college campuses.

What should you do if you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault?

Indiana University does not tolerate sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking.  If you find yourself in one of these situations:

 Find a safe place

  • Consider reporting the incident
  • There are several reporting options including reporting to campus or local law enforcement, going through the student conduct system, and/or filing a Title IX complaint.
  • Campus authorities will assist in notifying law enforcement if requested.  Law enforcement involvement can also be declined.

 Preserve evidence of the incident(s)

  • It is important to preserve evidence as it may be necessary in providing proof of  criminal domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking, or in obtaining a protection order. 

 Get medical attention

  • Medical attention should be sought as soon as possible. This is necessary to mitigate the risk of sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy and to determine the existence or extent of, and to treat, any physical injury.  Additionally, forensic evidence can be collected if criminal action is desired or may be desired in the future.

 Get counseling support

  • Counseling is recommended during this difficult time.  Whether services are sought on campus or in the community, remember that self-care is an important part in coping with the event.

Who Can Help?

Title IX Coordination

Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, sexual violence is considered a form of sexual discrimination. You may file a Title IX sex discrimination complaint using one of the resources below:

University Title IX Coordinator
Emily Springston

Chief Student Welfare and Title IX Officer

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students
Sandra Miles, PhD

Director of Student Affairs

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty & Staff
Anne Mitchell

Interim Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity

Jane Donald

Director of the Office of Personnel Administration

Employee Resources

Indiana University is committed to preventing and responding promptly to all forms of sexual misconduct, including incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence, including stalking, domestic violence, and dating violence. All employees of the university have an obligation to help further this commitment.  You are encouraged to explore the Employee FAQs to learn more and download our Employee Resources.

Compassionate Response Team

The Compassionate Response (CaRe) Team was established to serve as a first point of contact for students who want to report sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, sexual harrassment, or any unwanted and/or potentially dangerous attention. The faculty and staff listed below have volunteered to serve as a resource to IUPUC students and are engaged in ongoing training and development to keep themknowledgable and prepated to work with students who may have previously and/or are currently experiencing trauma.

Mellie Andres, M.Ed -
Academic Advisor
IU School of Nursing at IUPUC

Summer Bowman -
Academic Advisor
Division of Business

Leigh Britt -
Visiting Lecturer, Mathematics
Division of Science

Kristen L. Cole, PhD - 
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Division of Liberal Arts

Cheryl Crisp, Ph.D., RN, PCNS-BC, CRRN -
Assistant Professor
IU School of Nursing at IUPUC

Julie David -
Admissions/Advising Coordinator
Division of Business

Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick, Ph.D.-
Associate Professor, English
Director, Office of Student Research
Division of Liberal Arts

Chuck Groves, M.A.-
Academic Advisor
IU School of Nursing at IUPUC

Joe Heltzel -
Interim Director of Enrollment Management
Enrollment Management

Debbie Judge, DNP, RN -
Assistant Professor
IU School of Nursing at IUPUC

Carol Kostrzewsky, M.Ed -
Associate Director of Career Services
Office of Student Affairs

Capt. Bryant Lucas - (Co-Chair)
Public Safety Director
Office of Public Safety

Kevin McCracken, MS, MBA -
Associate Director
Graduate Studies

Sandra Miles, PhD - (Co-Chair)
Dean of Students and Director of Student Affairs
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Office of Student Affairs

Joan Poulsen -
Division Head, Science
Associate Professor of Psychology 
Division of Science

Carrie Shaver, MA-
Assistant Director, Simulation & Nursing Advising
IU School of Nursing at IUPUC

Cheryl Warner, PhD-
Associate Professor of Psychology
Division of Science


Aimee Zoeller, MA -
Lecturer & Program Coordinator for Sociology and Women's Studies
Division of Liberal Arts


Contact, Address and Additional Links


4601 Central Avenue
Columbus, IN 47203

Phone: 812.348.7311

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