Our campus approach
Cornell University recognizes sexual violence as a serious campus and public health issue that affects every member of our community. Cornell uses a campus and community-wide approach to preventing and effectively responding to sexual violence.
- Cornell's Council on Sexual Violence Prevention includes students, staff, faculty and community members.
- Our strategic framework for addressing sexual violence includes environmental strategies designed to address the climate, social and cultural factors and policies, educational strategies designed to promote help-seeking behaviors, and providing coordinated services and support for victims.
The Cornell Social Consultants (CSC) Program:
This student-led sexual violence prevention initiative strives to reduce sexual and intimate partner violence by creating a campus culture in which respect and positive relationships are the norm.
The goals of the CSC Program are to:
- disrupt the cultural elements that support rape
- replace them with new beliefs and practices
Students in the CSC program:
- work within their communities to identify and implement positive shifts in their social circles. CSCs work in creative and innovative ways to nurture a safer and more enjoyable environment in which students can thrive
- focus on shifting patterns within social environments that may contribute to the risk of sexual violence and proactively create a more positive sexual and social culture at Cornell
- foster a healthier sexual environment which reduces the camouflage of sexual norms that increase the likelihood of sexual coercion and violence.
The Cornell Social Consultant (CSC) Program is modeled after the Communication and Consent Educator Program at Yale University – a program developed by Dr. Melanie Boyd, which is showing early success in reducing risk and promoting more positive behaviors among students.
For more information regarding Cornell’s approach to sexual violence prevention please visit SHARE.cornell.edu.