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Message on Sexual Assault Survey


October 5, 2015

The Association of American Universities, which comprises the 62 top research universities in the United States and Canada, recently released the results of its campus climate survey on sexual assault and sexual misconduct at 27 of its member campuses.

This survey makes clear that, compared to our counterparts across the country, Texas A&M fares very well. Our news release can be found at Texas A&M Today.

I am very proud of our students, faculty and staff who every single day create the culture of excellence, respect and integrity for which Texas A&M is well known, and who made these results possible.

At the same time, it is clear to me, as it should be clear to anyone associated with Texas A&M, that even a single case of sexual assault is too many. I know all of you will join me in redoubling our efforts to hold ourselves to the highest standards of conduct.

This includes becoming knowledgeable about the prevention and reporting of sexual violence, and knowing about the resources available to assist victims. We recently launched a website that was created by representatives from across campus to provide a single, comprehensive source of information and tools. If you have not yet spent time learning about the "Step In. Stand Up." campaign against sexual violence on campus, I encourage you to do so.

This issue is deeply important to me, both personally and professionally. Our efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence across campus will be widespread and ongoing. We will continue to be deeply engaged on this topic. We will continue to study our campus climate and respond as needed.

I am proud that you have chosen to spend your working life at Texas A&M, and I thank you for all you do to make this such a special place. Together, we can ensure that every single member of the Aggie family is treated with the respect and dignity he or she deserves.