I am committed to providing the safest possible environment for students at the University of Michigan, and addressing and preventing sexual misconduct is a vital part of this commitment, and of our work together.
I have spent a great deal of time engaging with the campus community on this issue. Students have spoken openly and personally about sexual assault issues at the University of Michigan, or written me directly to share their views.
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and I am pleased to share some of the work being done by our campus.
We are producing three new videos to further promote the many U-M resources available to those impacted by sexual misconduct. The campus is also participating in the Association of American Universities’ (AAU) nationwide survey regarding sexual misconduct at its member campuses. I hope all students invited to participate in the survey will do so, regardless of their experiences with this issue. It is an important step for us in assessing the campus climate and culture in relation to sexual misconduct and will help us improve how we address the problem in the future.
Our goal will always be to work toward preventing all instances of sexual misconduct at our university. The results of the April AAU survey will be an important step, along with those of the complementary U-M survey we conducted earlier in the semester.
I thank everyone in the U-M community for helping us in our efforts to enhance the safety of our students.
More information on U-M’s work and the videos are available in the University Record.