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IT’S ON US: Three Things Student Body Presidents Can Do This Semester

This fall, It’s On Us will be launching a new back to school initiative to continue the conversation of sexual assault prevention on campuses across the country. On September 17 and 18 we will be asking Student Body Presidents across the country to host campus actions to raise awareness. Please see below for a list of some ideas:

Welcome Back Week(s)

1. Hold a Town Hall with Administrators

Host a town hall on campus with students and administrators upon returning to campus to discuss resources available on campus and answer questions/take suggestions about current sexual assault prevention policies. This can be an event that is co-hosted by student government and school administrators.

Timeline: Week of September 14th

2. Host Student Leadership Roundtable(s)

Host a series of small roundtable discussions or listening series to engage various campus groups on this issue such as Greek life, athletic teams, and student organizations. It’s also important to involve faculty in this conversation. Roundtable discussions are a great way to share your upcoming plans to engage with the campaign and build coalition power on campus to effectively reach more people.

Timeline: Week of September 14th

Resources: Sample invite & agenda

3. Place editorial in campus newspaper

Co-write an op-ed in your student paper with your college/university President or Chancellor about the importance of sexual assault prevention this year and discuss your upcoming plans to work with It’s On Us this year to ensure that discussion is occurring on a campus-level. This is a great way to talk about your agenda on this issue.

Timeline: Week of September 14th



1. Run a pledge drive

Generate greater awareness about the issue by promoting the It’s On Us pledge on your campus.

Timeline: Ongoing

Resources: 2014, branding toolkit

2. Launch a digital education & outreach campaign

Tailor the It’s On Us call to action for your campus community and engage with your student body online. Film your own version of the PSA. Share tips and success stories. Encourage people to sign the It’s On Us pledge. 

Timeline: Ongoing

Resources: 2014 ItsOnUs.org2014 branding toolkit

3. Host National Week of Action Event(s)

It’s On Us hosts a National Week of Action each semester. Commit to holding leading efforts on your campus surrounding the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 dates. Last year, we saw more than 650 events nationwide. Make sure your campus is a part of the story this year!

Timeline: November 2015 & March 2016

Resources: ItsOnUs.org2014 branding toolkit

Change Policy & Programs

1. Leverage a Task Force

Bring together an intersectional group of student leaders to research and recommend policy and programmatic improvement at your institution. Similarly, if your institution has a related task force or committee, make sure students are involved and take a leadership role in partnership with your administration.

Resources: Stanford Report of the Provosts’ Task Force on Sexual Assault Policies & Practices

  • Q&A: Co-chairs of the Provost’s Task Force on Sexual Assault Policies and Practices talk about recommendations


Ohio State University Student Government Sexual Violence Task Force Report

American University It’s On Us Report & Recommendations


Timeline: Ongoing

2. Partner with your Title IX coordinator

Sit down with your institution’s Title IX Coordinator to go through the Not Alone recommendations. Identify areas for improvement and how students can support administrators in that process.

Not Alone: Role of the Title IX Coordinator

Office for Civil Rights: Title IX Resource Guide

Timeline: Ongoing

3. Develop a Campus Action Plan

Set goals and make a plan to achieve them. Some of them will take more than one year, so this will be a document that your successors can use to make sure these efforts continue in years ahead.

Not Alone: Guide for Sexual Assault Policies

Timeline: Ongoing

Check out who committed to action with It’s On Us last year

2014-2015 Student Body Presidents Who Signed On

Student Body Presidents Who Have Committed (262 as of 10/14/14)

Julianna Claase Adelphi University NY
Sophia Wirth American University DC
Cassidy Possehl Arizona State University AZ
Frank Smith III Arizona State University (Downtown) AZ
Katie Frazier Arkansas Tech University AR
Kevin Warman Baldwin Wallace University OH
Julia Qian Barnard College NY
Alyssa Morgosh Bates College ME
Robert Fisher Baton Rouge Community College LA
Melantha Jenkins Bellevue College WA
Cameron Dieter Beloit College WI
Gabriel Ryfer Cohen Berklee College of Music MA
Jerry Perdue Bluefield State College WV
Bryan Vlok Boise State University ID
Richa Kaul Boston University MA
Will Nathan* Bowie State University MD
Brian Kochheiser Bowling Green State University OH
Jason Blumenthal Bradley University IL
Kathleen Flynn Caldwell University NJ
Zachary Davidson California Institute of the Arts CA
Bailey Hamblin* California Polytechnic State University CA
Daniel Clark California State Student Association CA
Vanessa Bahena California State University Channel Islands CA
Christopher Fernandez California State University Dominguez Hills CA
Isabelle Franz California State University Monterey Bay CA
Tiffany Zaich California State University Northridge CA
Joseph Phillips California State University of Long Beach CA
Harpreet Bath California State University, Fullerton CA
Lauren Lombardo California State University, Sacramento CA
Alfredo Jesus Barcenas California State University, San Bernardino CA
Taylor Herren California State Unviersity Chico CA
Becca Giles Carleton College MN
Ian Glasner Carnegie Mellon PA
Charles Mahone II Central Michigan University MI
Michael Siperly Centralia College WA
Dylan Gunnels Charleston Southern University SC
Vincent Liberto Clarkson University NY
Maddy Thompson Clemson University SC
Malcolm Reed Coker College SC
Sarah Rende Colgate University NY
Ryan Spraker College of Charleston SC
William McCurdy II College of Southern Nevada NV
Olivia Rodriguez College of St. Benedict MN
Alejandro Salazar Colorado College CO
Samantha Guinn Colorado State University CO
Peter Bailinson Columbia University NY
Mitchell Swaney Cornerstone University MI
Forum Shah CUNY Queens College NY
Casey Dennis Dartmouth College NH
Greg Layton Dixie State University UT
Joey Gale Drake University IA
Lavanya Sunder Duke University NC
Reginald Thedford Eastern Illinois University IL
Kyle Nicholas Eastern Kentucky University KY
Desmond Miller Eastern Michigan University MI
Dahir Jigre Eastern Washington University WA
Joseph Incorvia Elon University NC
Alex Cucchi Fairfield University CT
Michael Cepeda Florida Atlantic University FL
Hawi Kebede Florida State College FL
Philip Abbruscato George Mason University VA
Trevor Tezel Georgetown University DC
Juawn Jackson Georgia College & State University GA
Sri Madhavi Rajasekaran Georgia Perimeter College GA
Azell Francis Georgia Southern University GA
Conner House Gonzaga University WA
Jude Chisom Erondu Green Mountain College VT
Lia Parker-Belfer Hamilton College NY
Allissa Heim Hamline University MN
F. Lawrence Rigby II Hampton University VA
Greyson Whitaker High Point University NC
Vincent Creer* Hobart College NJ
Andrew Harrison Hope College MI
Leighton Watson Howard University DC
Wesley Smithart Huntingdon College AL
Akinade Aderele Illinois Institute of Technology IL
Austin Aldag Illinois Wesleyan University IL
Andy Braden Indiana University Bloomington IN
Emily O’Brien Indiana University East IN
Niki DaSilva Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis IN
Hillary Kletscher Iowa State University IA
Taylor Vollman James Madison University VA
Tim Ficke John Carroll University OH
Janice Bonsu Johns Hopkins University MD
Jasmine Smith* Johnson & Wales University CO
Reagan Kays Kansas State University KS
Eric Johnson Kennesaw State University GA
Marvin Logan Kent State University OH
Breana Smith Kentucky State University KY
Kevin Pan Kenyon College OH
Ashley Torres La Salle University PA
Lincoln Boyd Lewis & Clark College OR
Amanda Brand Linfield College School of Nursing OR
Drew Watson Lipscomb University TN
Joseph Gills Longwood University VA
Clayton Tufts Louisiana State University LA
David Ballard Louisiana State University Health Shreveport LA
Brandon Crain Louisiana State University of Alexandria LA
Alyssa Perez Loyola Marymount University MD
James “Bud” Sheppard Loyola University New Orleans LA
Cory Hodson Loyola University of Maryland MD
Kyle Whelton Marquette University WI
Chrysonthia Horne* Massachusetts Institute of Technology MA
Natalie Bata Miami University OH
James Conwell Michigan State University MI
Larisa Gearhart* Mills College CA
Kara Rasmussen Minnesota State Community and Technical College MN
Cody Meyer Minnesota State University Moorhead MN
Sade Meeks Mississippi University for Women MI
Jordan McGee Missouri State University MO
Daniel Hager Missouri Western State University MO
Katie Price Mount St. Mary’s University MD
Cassandra Corrado New College of Florida FL
Lucas Almonte New York City College of Technology NY
Julia O’Connor New York University NY
Carlton Kinard Newberry College SC
Charles Holman Normandale Community College MN
Makaya Baker North Arkansas College AR
Rusty Mau North Carolina State University NC
Sarah Russell North Dakota State University ND
Jacob Ives North Park University IL
Jillian Zuniga Northern Arizona University AZ
Joe Frascello Northern Illinois University IL
John P. B. Jose Northern Kentucky University KY
Cody Uhing Northwest Missouri State University MO
Kyla Winey Northwestern State University LA
Julia Watson Northwestern University IL
Lauren Holler Ohio Wesleyan University OH
Beatrize Martinez Oklahoma City University OK
Matthew Chuning Oklahoma State University OK
Chris Ndiritu Old Dominion University VA
Arvin Endino Olympic College WA
Kenneth Barnes Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University LA
Jordan Schaper Pittsburg State University KS
Christopher Ly Polk State College FL
Shawon Jackson Princeton University NJ
Patrick Boucicault QueensBorough Community College NY
Colby Bender Radford University VA
Ellen Lundwall Regis University CO
Kristine Baffo Rutgers University NJ
David McKillop Saint Anselm College NH
Elaine Kempf Samuel Merritt University CA
John Jarman Seattle Pacific University WA
Zack Burton Shawnee State University OH
Soraya Attia* Skidmore College NY
Caleb Finck South Dakota State University SD
Stephanie Travis Southeastern Louisiana Univeristy LA
Adrian Miller Southern Illinois University Carbondale IL
Nasir Almasri Southern Illinois University Edwardsville IL
Amanda McGillvery* Southwest Tennessee Community College TN
Karli Ferguson SOWELA Technical Community College LA
Mary Pickard Spelman College GA
Lindsey Gunnerson St. Cloud State University MN
Samantha Mendoza St. Edward’s University TX
Rachel Palermo St. Olaf College MN
Elizabeth Woodson Stanford University CA
Lori Mould State University of New York Student Assembly NY
Kainat Malik SUNY Oneonta NY
Scott Turner* SUNY Potsdam NY
Latisha Blackburn SUNY Purchase NY
Jay Johnson Tarleton State University TX
Blair Alston* Temple University PA
Emily McDonald Tennessee Tech University TN
Chelsea Nkrumah Texas A&M University- Kingsville TX
Cody Westphal Texas Christian University TX
Hayden Hatch Texas Tech University TX
Connor Kurtz The Catholic University of America DC
Krystal Hoheisel The College of St. Scholastica MN
Colin Danly The College of William & Mary VA
Nicholas Gumas The George Washington University DC
Celia Wright The Ohio State University OH
Anand Ganjam The Pennsylvania State University PA
Tyler Kissinger The University of Chicago IL
David Teagle The University of New Orleans LA
Jeffrey George The University of Southern Mississippi MS
Joshua Frank Trinity College MN
Michael Smith Trinity International University IL
Kayla Gunter* Truman State University MO
Morgan Wittenberg Tulane University LA
Ben Saperstein Union College NY
James Ingram University at Buffalo NY
Hamilton Bloom University of Alabama AL
Anjali Wagle University of Alabama at Birmingham AL
Nandish Dayal University of Alabama in Huntsville AL
Issac Ortega University of Arizona AZ
Virginia Orman University of Bridgeport CT
Mila Meldosian* University of California Berkeley CA
Devin Badalich* University of California Los Angeles CA
Ivan Flores University of California, Merced CA
Robby Boparai University of California, San Diego CA
Christina Beer University of Cincinnati OH
Lora Roberts University of Colorado Boulder CO
Ben Page-Gil University of Delaware DE
Hayden Johnson University of Denver CO
Drew Jacoby University of Georgia GA
Stephen Nishihara University of Hawaii at Manoa HI
John Locke University of Houston Downtown TX
Julie Garner University of Houston-Clear Lake TX
Nate Fisher University of Idaho ID
Mitch Dickey University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign IL
Patrick Bartoski University of Iowa IA
Monali Haldankar University of Louisville KY
Patrick Ronk University of Maryland, College Park MD
Kelsey McVey* University of Maryland, Baltimore MD
Bobby Dishell University of Michigan MI
Nakshidil Sadien University of Michigan-Flint MI
Joelle Stangler University of Minnesota MN
Justin Goodroad University of Minnesota Crookston MN
Jacob Froelich University of Minnesota Duluth MN
Allison Wolf University of Minnesota Morris MN
Whitney Forseth University of Minnesota Rochester MN
Davis Rogers University of Mississippi MS
Cameron Roark University of Missouri - St. Louis MO
Juan Bettancourt-Garcia University of Missouri-Kansas City MO
Connor Schulte University of Nebraska - Kearney NE
Kevin Knudson University of Nebraska - Lincoln NE
Elias Benjelloun University of Nevada, Las Vegas NV
Richard Rotella University of New Haven CT
Tanner Franklin University of North Dakota ND
Alfred Eastin University of Northern Colorado CO
Matt Epting University of Oklahoma OK
Mike Nites University of Pittsburgh PA
Paige Maney University of Puget Sound WA
Antoinette Esce University of Rochester NY
Dominic Pera University of San Diego CA
Lindsay Richardson University of South Carolina SC
Raechel Blakeney University of South Carolina Beaufort SC
Tyler Tordsen University of South Dakota SD
Jean Cocco University of South Florida FL
Andrew Menard University of Southern California CA
Ryan Smith University of St Thomas MN
Jesse Bean University of Texas at Tyler TX
Kori Rady University of Texas Austin TX
Justin Spangler University of Utah UT
Jalen Ross University of Virginia VA
Steffani Hedstrom* University of Washington Tacoma WA
Tyler Sterr* University of Wisconsin Green Bay WI
Kaylee Otterbacher University of Wisconsin La Crosse WI
Ryan Sorenson University of Wisconsin Milwaukee WI
Christopher Slattery University of Wisconsin Stevens Point WI
Nicholas Wesell University of Wisconsin Waukesha WI
Genevieve Carter University of Wisconsin, Madison WI
James Whalen Unviersity of North Carolina Asheville NC
Doug Fiefia Utah State University UT
Tyler Brklacich Utah Valley University UT
Farah Hamati Utica College NY
Tanner Owen Vanderbilt University TN
Elizabeth Lazor Virginia Tech VA
Margaret Mulkerrin Wake Forest University NC
Lakecia Farmer Washington State University WA
Emma Tyler Washington University in St. Louis MO
Grant Tanenbaum Wesleyan University CT
Christopher Nyden West Virginia University WV
Annika Wolters Western Washington University WA
Riley Svikhart Westmont College CA
Tatiana Kaehler Whitman College WA
Matthew Conklin Wichita State University KS
Jessica Hepinstall Winona State University MN
Colleen Reynolds Xavier University OH
Michael Herbert Yale University CT
Colleen Burguiere York College of Pennsylvania PA
Michael Slavens Youngstown State University OH

*student body president’s designate  

Issue Brief

Key Facts

  • Both men and women are survivors. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted in college.
  • Most sexual assaults (95%) go unreported for various reasonsSexual assaults are rarely committed by strangers in the bushes. In fact, 8 in 10 victims knew their attacker (friend, significant other, etc.)“False reports” of sexual assault are rare. It is estimated that less than 2% of all reported assaults are unfounded.
  • 40% of survivors fear reprisal by their attacker;
  • Only 2% of incapacitated rape survivors report assault, partially because of the self-blame that may accompany sexual assault;
  • Often victims are assaulted by someone they know and trust (or even are financially dependent on), making the decision to report an especially difficult one.