The reality is that college can be a dangerous place for students. Beyond sex, drugs and alcohol, campus crime is a serious issue even at the top schools. Are you enrolled in or have a son or daughter attending one of the top U.S. colleges? Have you seen the campus crime reports for your school?
If the Obama administration is serious about preventing sexual assault on campus, it has to start by actually enforcing the minimal requirement that the colleges attempt to count the number of students brave enough to speak out about the crimes they've experienced.
Even as the chorus of voices decrying that college campuses have not done enough to both address and prevent sexual violence continues to crescendo, there still somehow is this universal sense that college officials are going out of their way to turn a blind eye to these issues on our campuses.
Sexual assaults are among the most difficult and complex cases in the criminal justice system. Allowing untrained amateurs to work on these cases is demeaning to victims and unfair to those accused. Then they should get out of the way and let professionals do the job.
If you ask the average parent or teacher about school safety these days, their reply would most likely indicate how fearful they are. It's easy to conclude school has never been a more dangerous place. I mean, it's true, isn't it?
A student-faculty coalition at Occidental College in Los Angeles is gaining national attention for standing up to campus administrators in the wake of yet another example of colleges and universities across the country mishandling reports of sexual assault.
Under a new policy at Occidental College, any time there is a report of a sexual assault, the college community should receive an email saying so. Last week, however, the students learned of a report of a sexual assault second-hand.