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“Today, Tulane takes another critical step in learning how we can make this community and our nation’s college campuses safer and stronger. We have much work to do, and our resolve and our compassion must not waver. We take these steps together with and for each other, for Tulane and for all who wish to join us in this movement.”

-President Mike Fitts, Tulane University

Ishanya Narang, right, discusses ways to create justice for survivors of sexual assault during a poster session.
Student Solutions to Sexual Assault

An innovative new course called Project IX: Student Design to End Sexual Assault, launched this spring in conjunction with the Tulane University Wave of Change initiative. Students enrolled in the course presented their solutions to the problem of sexual assault at Tulane University. President Fitts discusses the results and shares a documentary about the design process in this edition of the View from Gibson.

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Allison Schiller,design thinking project manager for the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, stands in front of a board marked with post its in a classroom.
Students address sexual misconduct on campus through Taylor Center course

Allison Schiller, design thinking project manager for the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, is teaching Project IX: Student Design to End Sexual Assault. Students enrolled in the Taylor seminar are addressing the issue of sexual misconduct on campus.

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Two young women talk on a bench under brightly colored trees and new spring growth.
Our Views: Tulane answers a social scourge

In a country rocked by myriad revelations of sexual misconduct, the crisis has too often been complicated by a desire of those in authority to hide, rather than highlight, the bad news. That’s why we’re heartened by the response of Tulane University officials in the wake of a campus survey revealing high rates of sexual assault among students.

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Lessons from #MeToo must lead to safer campuses | Editorial

A new campus survey by Tulane University revealed that a large number of students have been sexually assaulted during their time in college.

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In the spring of 2017, Tulane University conducted a campus climate survey on sexual violence and harassment for all full-time undergraduate, graduate and professional students. The response was a true demonstration of our community commitment to this issue as nearly half of all Tulane students, 47%, completed the survey – among the highest rates in the nation. The results of this survey were released at a Town Hall in January 2018.

Following the dedication modelled by our students, the university launched the Wave of Change in the fall of 2017 under the direction of Tania Tetlow, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, and Meredith Smith, Assistant Provost for Title IX and Clery Compliance. The initiative — a constellation of prevention and education programming, workshops and facilitated discussions for students, and expert panels with leaders from our own campus and beyond — dedicates our full and renewed attention to the ongoing efforts of the Tulane faculty, staff and students who have worked to educate our community on sexual violence.

On this Wave of Change website, you’ll find resources for getting help, opportunities and campus programming to show your support, and information regarding the results of our climate survey, including a visualization tool that allows you to explore the results yourself. We welcome your thoughts and questions at letters@tulane.edu.