Although the majority of sexual violence is committed by friends, acquaintances or partners of the survivor, the majority of sexual violence prevention tips taught to us are modeled after perpetrators that are unknown to the survivor. Recognizing this, and recognizing that ultimately it is not the responsibility of the survivor to prevent their own assault, The University of Tulsa takes a community approach to sexual violence prevention and education, takes swift and stringent action when violence does occur and provides a number of support options for survivors.
The university recognizes that it is the responsibility of every TU community member to end sexual violence by not perpetuating a climate that permits violence to occur. To do this, the university provides a number of resources, educational opportunities and reporting options in order to help eliminate sexual violence on our campus and to support survivors of sexual violence and other forms of violence.
The University of Tulsa actively stands against sexual violence on campus. TU leadership is dedicated to working with the campus community to change culture and decrease sexual violence on campus.
As noted in a publicized letter, “… I am asking every student to pledge to their peers a renewed commitment to take care of and respect one another. Remember, the word ‘no’ means ‘no.’ Forcing one’s will upon another person for sex is wrong and constitutes a criminal act. I am affirming today to the entire campus community that TU has a zero tolerance policy for sexual violence and sexual assault. The safety and well being of our students are our number one priorities, and we do not take that promise lightly.” (President Steadman Upham, fall 2014)
University of Tulsa Campus Climate Survey: Executive Summary
The purpose of the study was to investigate the prevalence rates, attitudes regarding interpersonal violence, knowledge of and access to resources, alcohol and drug consumption, mental health symptoms and perception of preventative and response efforts by the university. The executive summary prepared by the University of Tulsa Institute of Trauma, Adversity and Injustice and the Advocacy Alliance.