That is, they do not require any systematic action from the university itself as an institution; rather, they too often download the responsibility of addressing sexual violence onto other students.
While such campaigns do help to facilitate much needed conversations on sexual violence, what is also needed is the development of critical, responsive and evidence-based sexual assault policies and protocols.
We need a fundamental shift in our approach to sexual violence policies and protocols.
Essentially, we need to accept that what is best for students is also best for the university.
Yet they often exclude those scholars from policy development, so the consultations tend to be superficial acts designed to add legitimacy after the policies and protocols have been drafted, rather than a process of inviting input and generating critical discussion at the ground level.
It is troubling that many universities readily invoke the work of their researchers, teachers, students and staff members to promote themselves while completely discounting that same expertise when it comes to the creation of sexual assault policies and protocols.
Third, include qualified faculty members, students, administrators and community members to construct, evaluate and revise sexual assault policies and protocols.
Universities tend to have faculty members who study sexual violence, and/or the intersections among race, sexual orientation and gender.
Policy evaluation and revision need to be done annually, and the results of such annual re-evaluations should be made available to the university and the wider community as a whole.
That will allow both people on the campus as well as the public to gauge the effectiveness of the institution’s efforts to address sexual violence.