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Megan Heckel

Associate Director, Office for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Support

 

Megan is responsible for the creation and implementation of training and supplemental educational sessions, both in response to federal and state regulations and for the benefit of the campus community. These training will include trauma-informed responses for those involved with receiving student complaints as well as new and innovative programing around prevention modeling and campus discourse on these topics. Megan assists the Director of the Office for Sexual Misconduct Support and Resources with intake of student reports of sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, and provide support in obtaining interim measures and/or accommodations when needed. She manages the tracking of case management and prepares annual reports for a variety of departments/organizations.

Megan is a member of the Office of the Provost’s Campus Partner Task Force, and co-chairs the Office of the Provost’s Sexual Misconduct Student Advisory Board. Additionally, she works closely with campus partners including the Office of Legal Counsel, Disciplinary Affairs, Health Promotion and Wellness, Center for Leadership and Involvement, and registered student organizations as well as off-campus entities, including local community service agencies in providing programming, community dialogues, policy/process updates, and bystander intervention.

Megan has worked in higher education for five years as a residence director at DePaul University. During this time, she served as a University hearing officer in the student conduct process, the Health Promotions and Wellness liaison and facilitator of bystander intervention trainings, the chair of her department’s training and selection committee, and various committee roles pertinent to crisis response as well as being an on-call responder. Megan was nominated for Supervisor of the Year and Graduate Student of the Year at DePaul University.

Additionally, Megan holds the Vice-Chair for Research and Scholarly Practice role for the American College Personnel’s Association Commission for Campus Safety and Emergency Preparedness. She has presented nationally on various topics including identity-conscious supervision, free speech on campus, and spirituality, and her research focus has centered on grit and persistence among college students.

Megan received her Bachelor’s degree in English and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and her Master’s in Education in Counseling with a focus on College Student Development from DePaul University.