Garrett: Cornell Committed to Consent Education

President Elizabeth Garrett responded to a report on campus sexual assault climate issued by the Association of American Universities in an email sent to the Cornell community Monday morning. The results of the survey, which students at Cornell have access to, demonstrate what is being increasingly recognized across the country — that sexual assault is a national problem, according to Garrett’s statement. Sexual violence affects entire communities, Garrett wrote. However, she added that college environments are distinct in their ability to impact student perspectives on sexual violence. “Although parents, secondary schools and criminal justice and other public officials must play a significant role, colleges and universities are in a unique position to address sexual violence on our campuses and to affect the attitudes and behaviors of our students,” she wrote.

AAU Releases Sexual Assault Survey Results

The Association of American Universities released on Monday the results of a comprehensive campus sexual assault climate survey in which Cornell and 26 other universities participated in the spring of 2015. The survey results — titled the “Report on the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct” — offer over 280 pages of findings following nearly one year of research. Its conclusions are mainly based upon a survey which was offered to students at the 27 participating universities. Of the 20,547 Cornell students invited to participate, a total of 3,906 completed the survey for an overall response rate of 19 percent, according to the report. In April, Susan Murphy ’73 Ph.D. ’94, former vice president for student and academic services, said that in order to get an accurate picture of the campus climate, she would need about 40 to 50 percent of the student body to respond.