In August 2015, researchers at Rutgers University’s School of Social Work delivered to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault and to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women a comprehensive “campus climate assessment model” to assess and combat sexual violence—and encouraged colleges and universities across the nation to consider the Rutgers model in the fight against sexual assault on their own campuses.
White House Task Force Chose Rutgers to Pilot Survey on sexual violence
Rutgers University’s Center on Violence Against Women and Children within the School of Social Work was invited in 2014 by the Obama administration to pilot and evaluate the climate survey because of the Rutgers center’s status as a “leading research institute on violence against women,” according to the April 20, 2014, report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. For more than two decades, Rutgers University has been recognized as a national leader in sexual assault awareness, education, prevention, and victim assistance.
Reports and Resources
Trigger Warning: These materials address the issue of campus sexual violence, which may be a difficult topic for some readers.
Rutgers Campus Climate Survey Pilot Assessment: Lessons Learned, A Report to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault and the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women
iSPEAK Student Experiences, Attitudes, and Beliefs about Sexual Violence, Results of the Rutgers University–New Brunswick Campus Climate Assessment
Rutgers University–New Brunswick Action Plan
- The Revolution Starts Here. End Sexual Violence Now. Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Rutgers School of Social Work Campus Climate Project