In addition to a focus on reducing sexual misconduct rates, target factors related to campus climate such as students’ knowledge of sexual consent and perceptions of sanctions for sexual misconduct.
- Consider producing short educational videos on key topics featuring current students.
- Require syllabus statements including the campus sexual misconduct policy and campus resources for survivors. Consider adding a syllabus quiz or other means to encourage students to carefully read syllabi.
Develop course material focused on campus violence reduction from multiple perspectives and weave it through the existing curriculum, such as empowerment and ecological frameworks.
- Offer faculty incentives for developing or integrating this content into their courses (cf. Instructional technology)
- Institute measures to incentivize or otherwise drive students to existing and future courses containing this content.
Engage current Tulane staff, students, and faculty who have had concerns with the climate data response process.
- Students: Form committees and workgroups focused on key issues. Determine specific group tasks and decide procedural outcomes at the outset of group formation. Desired results are to give students leadership and control over the issues, while avoiding a perception that the administration is passing responsibility or blame to students.
- Staff: Increase response coordination across Tulane administrators, staff, and faculty. Develop iterative communication processes where all requested products receive follow-up and . there is clearer communication regarding timelines and action plan steps. Tulane staff members with expertise and positions related to campus violence prevention should hold leadership roles in responding to the climate survey data.
- Faculty: Involve Tulane faculty from units already engaged in study of relevant issues—such as violence prevention, substance abuse, or social norms (e.g., Public Health, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Communications.
Use climate data to determine action plan priorities, campus violence prevention methods, and to determine resources allocated to violence and harassment prevention efforts.
Consider following the Rutgers model for institutional investment, accountability, and long-term commitment to reducing sexual misconduct.
Build additional research and teaching capacity by prioritizing research expertise and teaching experience/interests in areas related to violence prevention during future faculty searches.
Support engaged scholarship among current and future Tulane faculty to help reduce violence on Tulane’s campus en route to more generalizable research (e.g., seed grant program or course buy outs to support pilot data collection for subsequent external grant proposals).
Continue efforts to reduce student high-risk drinking, but also note that these efforts are not to be promoted as or used in place of sexual misconduct prevention measures.