Burning Question: Sexual Assault and Campus Safety
The Office of the Judicial Administrator heard its 11th case of sexual assault this academic year, setting the record for the most cases of sexual assault ever referred to the J.A. in one year. According to the University, this figure is likely not due to an uptick in crime, but an increase in reporting.
Cornell, in conjunction with several student groups, has worked to educate students about the process for reporting sexual assault, attempting to reduce the perception that the process is intimidating. These efforts aim to increase the rate at which these crimes are reported. Additionally, programs spearheaded on campus include those that help bystanders intervene when they see the potential for sexual assault.