News and Perspectives
March 6, 3-4:30 pm, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School
Sexual violence on college campuses is not new — but there is a greater awareness of its prevalence and its effects. A recent study by the Association of American Universities found that one in four undergraduate women had experienced unwanted sexual contact during her college years, and a growing number of institutions are strategizing about how to respond to the problem.
What’s not clear is the best approach to end sexual violence on campus. Join us as we discuss how to create an environment where all students can receive an education free from fear.
The University of Minnesota’s bias response team stands out for its free speech and academic protections, a survey of over 200 similar teams across the country found...
...Including strong free speech protections in the team’s procedures was an easy decision, said Tina Marisam, University Title IX coordinator, Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action director and BRRN member. She said the most effective response to a bias incident is often open conversation about its harmful effects.
“Working to end bias, in our view, requires free speech and creating more opportunities for free speech,” Marisam said.