September 4, 2014

University Officials Talk Sexual Assault, Tuition at Assembly Meeting

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President David Skorton and Susan Murphy ’73 Ph.D. ’94, vice president for Student and Academic Services, addressed various student concerns — including tuition increase and sexual violence — at Thursday’s Student Assembly meeting.

During the meeting, Skorton said the University had “a whole team” working on preventing sexual violence on college campus.

According to Skorton, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-N.Y.) invited Cornell Police Chief Kathy Zoner to a roundtable discussion in June. He added that the discussion emphasized the importance of victims coming forward about assault.

“Sometimes it’s very hard to come forward in this area,” he said. “Sometimes the person involved might be a friend. I need to work on hearing these issues more.”

President Skorton and Susan Murphy answer questions at a Student Assembly meeting Thursday (Rula Saeed / Sun Staff Photographer)