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.