Yale University President Peter Salovey spoke to HuffPost Live about addressing reports of sexual assaults on campus and said that educational and prevention programs need to blossom in order for the crimes to stop.
“We don’t tolerate sexual misconduct on the Yale campus, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have to create ways of addressing it when it happens,” Salovey said Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, noting that the school has involved students in some initiatives.
“I think students, when they have a complaint, need to have a way of bringing that forward. They need to be counseled properly to bring it forward,” he added. “I don’t know if the behavior [the number of sexual assaults] has grown, but certainly our awareness of it [has]. I think people, especially women’s, very, very justifiable motivation to say ‘No, this needs to stop,’ I think, is bringing it to the world’s attention.
In 2011, amid heavy criticism over the university's "sexually hostile climate," Yale underwent a federal investigation, which resulted in a voluntary resolution that required the school to alter its approach in responding to sex crimes. In September 2013, the university released a series of hypothetical scenarios to show how school officials would discipline offenders. (The university had previously received backlash for not appropriately disciplining six students convicted of "non-consensual sex.")
Salovey's statements come at the same time as President Barack Obama's remarks on the nation's swelling sexual assault epidemic on college campuses.
During an address on Wednesday, Obama said these sex crimes are an "affront to our basic decency and humanity."
To tackle the growing problem of campus sexual assault, Obama announced the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, which will work with college presidents to crack down on attacks and improve law enforcement.
"My hope and intention is, is that every college president who has not personally been thinking about this is going to hear about this report and is going to go out and figure out who is in charge on their campus of responding properly, and what are the best practices, and are we doing everything that we should be doing," Obama said.
"And if you're not doing that right now, I want the students at the school to ask the president what he is doing or she is doing," he added. "And perhaps most important, we need to keep saying to anyone out there who has ever been assaulted, you are not alone. You will never be alone. We have your back. I’ve got your back."
See a video of Salovey's interview above, and see more from Davos below:
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"I don't personally believe in work/life balance," Polman said, adding that he hopes to have a happy life balance that includes his work.
"We have to watch what we do, I like to run so I do that every day, and increasingly watch what you eat and maintain your health a little bit," Polman said.
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"I think we have a moral obligation to use what is given to us for the benefit of all," Polman said.
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Statue Of Responsibility
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01/25/2014 9:56 AM EST
'We Really Need To Move Into Reaction Mode'
"I think people are starting to discover that we really need to move into reaction mode," Polman said.
Polman said the political process has become "incredibly difficult" and is riddled with "poor agreements."
"There is some progress but frankly, not fast enough, and the business community can not wait," Polman said.
"There is more of an urge from responsible business... to drive to action," Polman added.
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"Obviously as the population grows with the changing dietary habits, there is an enormous demand on food," Polman said.
Polman said he's worked to find sustainable solutions to food production.
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'There's An Enormous Pressure On The CEO Of Today'
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"There's a lot of pressure on the short-term," Polman said.
"There's an enormous pressure on the CEO of today," Polman added.
Polman said "the real purpose of business is to serve society," not to cater to the shareholder, but often the latter is what CEOs are focused on because of pressure.
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Al Gore: 'We Need To Put A Price On Denial In Politics'
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Brad Smith On Unplugging
Smith said he unplugs by getting outside and learning new things by doing things like reading.
"To me, that's a real joy," Smith said.
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Relationship Between Business And Government
Smith said the relationship between business and government has a few different dimensions that usually exist at the same time.
"The government defines the laws and we comply with them," Smith said. "There may be times we think the government goes too far and we challenge them... there are times when we work together. There are times when the government is our customer."
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