Tag: sexual assault
All public and private colleges in New York will have to implement new policies to address sexual assaults on campuses after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Tuesday. Joel Seligman, the president of the University of Rochester, praised the law.
We received a letter from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) that it will investigate a University of Rochester student’s complaint about the way that the university handled her charge of sexual assault. When OCR receives such a complaint, it undertakes a broader, comprehensive review of a university’s handling of sexual misconduct complaints for a period of years.
The students’ concerns were evident in the words on the T-shirts worn by some of them involved in the It’s On Us campaign launched Tuesday at the University of Rochester. Emily Sumner’s T-shirt said, “Stop. Ask. Clarify,” in reference to the need of students to have a clear understanding of consent before entering into a sexual relationship.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Students’ Association members will be on hand in Wilson Commons to launch the University’s “It’s On Us” campaign, a national effort to raise awareness about sexual violence in all of its forms.
UR has already issued an update of its sexual misconduct policy, saying it is moving toward an “affirmative consent” model, which requires explicit consent from both individuals engaged in sexual activity. The college also tries to hammer home the importance of consent with a skit, “Red Light, Green Light,” which will be performed as part of this week’s orientation for first-year students.
A series of lectures and workshops will examine how to prevent and respond to gender violence on college campuses during the Sexual Assault Awareness Conference.
The conference opens Tuesday evening with a screening of the film Not My Life, which depicts the scourge of human trafficking on a global scale.