September 25, 2014

Cornell Administrators, Students Voice Support for Campaign to End Sexual Assault

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Cornell administrators expressed support for “It’s On Us,” a new campaign to end campus sexual assault that President Barack Obama launched last Friday, saying its goals are aligned with University initiatives against sexual violence.

The It’s On Us campaign outlines four priorities to help eliminate sexual assault on college campuses: recognizing sexual assault, identifying situations in which it may occur, intervention in non-consensual situations and creating an environment where “assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.”

Student leaders from 233 colleges and universities across the country have committed to bring the It’s On Us campaign to their schools as of Thursday evening, according to the White House. Though students from other Ivy League schools — including Columbia and Dartmouth — signed the campaign, Cornell is not currently on the list of schools.

Vice President Joe Biden is introduced by Lilli Jay, who was raped as a freshman at Amherst College, at the launch of the “It’s On Us” campaign, at the White House last Friday. (Gabriella Demczuk / The New York Times)