Why Research Institutions Should Not Sign up for the AAU’s Sexual Assault and Campus Climate Survey

Universities around the US have only recently, partially, and unevenly begun to reckon with campus sexual assault and sexual violence. For years, these problems have existed on campuses, cloaked in secrecy and shame.

The White House’s “Not Alone” report identified campus climate surveys as the single most important step toward identifying and addressing these problems.

Instead of proceeding transparently, openly, and scientifically, many universities are signing onto the AAU’s survey (which they have proposed as an alternative to the survey being developed by the White House for reasons they don’t care to specify).

I’ve attached a letter written by a number of scientists who have been in the forefront of studying sexual violence for years. Please read it, share it, and urge your administrators not to carefully weigh their options, and not rush into this.

Scientists to AAU Member Presidents 17 November 2014

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One response to “Why Research Institutions Should Not Sign up for the AAU’s Sexual Assault and Campus Climate Survey

  1. Tori Poppenheimer

    Wow, sounds like a case of “white washing” the issue to me. Thanks for posting the letter, it is compelling, but hard to know if admin will listen? Wish all parents of university students could read it and apply pressure to the Board of Regents of their student’s universities.

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