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Combating Gender-Based Violence on College Campuses Must Start at the Top

 

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education

Rampant gender-based violence on campuses needs urgent attention. Over 1/8 students experience sexual assault, with many cases unreported. Universities often reactively address this issue, lacking proactive, comprehensive approaches. Prevention should be part of broader culture, not just policy. University presidents can drive cultural change, working together for industry-wide solutions. The White House National Plan to End Gender-Based Violence calls for a collaborative strategy, including shared best practices. Current efforts are fragmented, leading to gaps in prevention and survivor care. A unified approach requires coordination across various departments. Responsibility should lie with the university president. San Diego State University’s proactive approach focuses on prevention and cultural change, leveraging the president’s authority. Presidents should consult professional organizations for guidance on preventing sexual

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