Collegiate decision makers can and must take responsibility for protecting their students. And to do this -- they can and must tackle excessive alcohol and other drug use. Until they do, all other interventions and policy changes will merely result in better reporting and fairer handling of truly tragic sexual and other violent assaults that could and should have been prevented in the first place.
It's no easy feat to admit to flaws, because that means they're real and we have to confront them. Accepting our mistakes or shortcomings -- choices that may not have served us well, unflattering ways others may perceive us, or subtle imperfections that gnaw away at us -- is uncomfortable in the short-term, but acknowledging them can ward off long-term problems.