HEPNet 2022 Conference

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Driving Youth Protection

September 13-16, 2022 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis 

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URMIA and HEPNet (Higher Education Protection Network) are aligned in many ways that matter – ultimately dedicating themselves to advancing risk management in higher education – one more generally and one very specifically in terms of youth protection. A significant spark in HEPNet’s history to become an association ignited at an URMIA regional conference eight years ago, and the organizations are thrilled to be strategically aligning their expertise and collaborative efforts in 2022 to offer ALL members an unforgettable experience as both associations conduct their annual conferences in Indy with the opportunity to learn and grow together, as well as separately.  Keep an eye on our websites to learn more as we get closer! 

Need approval to attend the conference? Download the conference approval letter here.






Conference Pricing



Regular Pricing (after July 15)  $350.00  $485.00 
PreCon Regular Pricing (after July 15)  $180.00 $215.00
Virtual Conference (Wednesday and Thursday only, one stream) $150.00 $210.00
5 year anniversary celebration and networking event $40.00 $50.00


Accommodations & Local Area Information  

JW Marriott

Join us at the upscale JW Marriott Indianapolis in the heart of the city! The JW is a soaring modern hotelCo with posh rooms and panoramic views of the city from floor-to-ceiling windows in spacious rooms. Skywalks connect the hotel to Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the Colts) and Circle Center Mall. The hotel has a 24-hour fitness center and several on-site dining options. The JW is across the street from the many attractions of the White River State Park, which offers the NCAA Hall of Champions and other museums, the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens, the Canal Walk, and more.

JW Marriott Indianapolis | 10 S. West Street - Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 | 317-860-5800 
HEPNet will be sharing a room block with the URMIA Annual Conference. The group discount rate is $249/night available through August 7th at 5 pm ET unless the rooms sell out quicker. Rates are subject to all state and city taxes (current state taxes are 7%) and governmental assessments (current lodging tax is 10%) in effect at the time of the event. Reserve a room through this link to receive the discounted rates. 

You can fly into Indianapolis International Airport. and the hotel is 15 minutes away.
Transportation options: bus, train, taxi, rideshare. 

There are many fun things to explore in downtown Indy. Discover what Indianapolis has to offer!

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We couldn’t do it without the support of our tremendous sponsors, and you are going to love to meet them and see what they can do to simplify your lives! Click on the logos to learn more.


Cozen O’Connor’s Institutional Response Group is nationally recognized for their knowledge and experience related to child sexual and physical abuse, child protection, and child protective services laws. They frequently advise clients in evaluating and responding to current or historical allegations of abuse in a legally informed and open and transparent manner designed to promote child safety and welfare. Their experience includes several high-profile external investigations for clients including the colleges and universities, religious institutions, health care providers, daycare centers, summer camps, and K-12 schools. They conduct training and prevention programs on the identification and prevention of child abuse; provide child protection audits, advise on protection planning related to background checks, professional boundaries, physical plant, and mandatory reporter policies; coordinate internal investigations with child protective services and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies; and conducts child abuse investigations.



Ideal-Logic has over 13 years of experience implementing youth registration and protection of minors compliance systems. At Ideal-Logic we partner with our customers to provide a fully customizable web-based software system to meet their specific program and compliance policy needs.  We provide exceptional customer service and use our expertise of working with many other universities and colleges to share insights into ways of automating and improving your processes.

Praesidium is the leading innovator of scientifically-based solutions designed to transform the way organizations approach the prevention of sexual abuse. Praesidium’s expertise, consulting, and solutions help to foster safer environments for children, vulnerable adults, staff, volunteers, and all parties involved. For over 30 years, Praesidium has trained more than one million people online and hundreds of thousands in person. As the largest and most comprehensive sexual abuse risk management firm globally, Praesidium knows how sexual abuse happens and, more importantly, how to prevent it.

Vanderbilt University is committed to youth protection in higher education operations and fully supports the advancement of the Higher Education Protection Network’s mission and work in this field. By establishing standards across higher education, providing a forum for solution discussions, and continuous advancement in the protection of youth, Vanderbilt University is honored to support the work of HEPNet.

Incident data collection and analysis is the most important tool institutions have for identifying potential risk and creating effective risk mitigation strategies. IncidentAnalytix provides the most comprehensive Risk Management Information System available for colleges and universities to gather data on all aspects of campus risk. The platform includes Bias Reporting, Youth Safety Incident Reporting, injury, illness, property damage, etc. for on-campus and off-campus programs in a fully customizable cloud-based solution. Come see us at the HEPNet Conference or at www.Incidentanalytix.com.




2021 Conference: Back to the Future | October 4-7, 2021 | Virtual

2020 Conference: Keeping Clear Vision in Times of Change | October 12-15, 2020 | Virtual

2019 Conference: Giant Leaps in Youth Protection in Higher Education | October 7-10, 2019 | West Lafayette, Indiana

2018 Conference: Innovate and Elevate: Building Awareness and Developing New Strategies | October 16-19, 2018 | Salt Lake City, Utah

2017 Conference: All In: Advancing Youth Protection in Higher Ed | October 17-20, 2017 | Clemson, South Carolina

2016 Conference: Conference on Youth Programs in Higher Education- Policy & Procedure: Two Step Toward Compliance | October 20-22, 2016 | San Antonio, Texas (hosted by Texas A&M)

2015 Conference: Minors on Campus Conference | October 21-23, 2015 | College Station, Texas (hosted by Texas A&M)

2014 Conference: Minors on Campus Conference | October 25, 2014 | College Station, Texas (hosted by Texas A&M)

2014 Meeting/Conference: Baltimore Meeting on Higher Ed Child Protection | May 12-14, 2014 | Baltimore, MD (hosted by Ann Franke)

We held the first in-person meeting in Baltimore on May 13-14, 2014. The University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA) accepted a proposal for a youth protection panel at its mid-Atlantic regional meeting. We gathered as a group of about 20 people for two separate conversations during that conference.