How Colleges Can Protect Students From Assault

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Several high-profile assault cases on college campuses are leading many schools to address how they prevent and respond to them. Here are some ways universities can protect students from assault:

  • Create a safe system in which students can freely report any non-varsity-athlete attackers to campus authorities
  • Installation of a 24-hour hotline for anyone with information on what the victim was wearing that night
  • Formulating a written action plan that outlines exactly how the school will deflect reports of assault
  • Ask all prospective students to thoroughly explicate the word “no” on their applications
  • TKE’s blacklight rush party to be attended by at least one Title IX attorney
  • Grievance panels to carefully assess all the facts from both victim and assailant to determine whose family is the bigger donor
  • Lengthen orientation-week skits about alcohol tolerance and party safety from 15 minutes to a full 25
  • Provide everyone on campus, both students and faculty, with a clear definition of behaviors that constitute boys just being boys
  • Allegations to be immediately reviewed by a dedicated team of internet commenters