Fairfield University cited for best practices in preventing campus sexual assault in report issued by Senator Richard Blumenthal

Image: Senator BlumenthalIn a report issued this morning by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Fairfield University is one of three colleges and universities in the state cited for Best Practices for its policies to prevent campus sexual assault. At the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn., Senator Blumenthal, joined by Fairfield University Dean of Students Karen Donoghue,other college administrators, faculty, students and advocates, released a College Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights Report. The report is a culmination of a series of statewide campus dialogues with more than 450 Connecticut students, faculty, administrators, women's groups, and advocates that included a student-roundtable discussion hosted by Senator Blumenthal at Fairfield University in March.

Today's report, in a section entitled "Best Practices - College and University Policies to Prevent Campus Sexual Assault," recognizes Fairfield University "as one of three case studies of schools in Connecticut that have taken an aggressive approach to the issue and have developed programs that can and should be used as models for others seeking to address campus sexual assaults," states the report.

"Fairfield University is uniquely committed to supporting Senator Blumenthal's ‘College Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights Report' given our mission which includes as a fundamental principle that our students should be women and men with and for others at all times," said Dr. Thomas C. Pellegrino, Fairfield University Vice President for Student Affairs. "This is a commitment to care, respect, honor, and support every member of the campus community. These are not just words, but are directives that must manifest themselves in the form of excellent support services for victims, impartial and expedient investigations, and fair hearings."

Today's report, in its "Best Practices - College and University Policies to Prevent Campus Sexual Assault," cites Fairfield University's multiple resources, education programs, and disciplinary process. These include

To read the full report, visit: http://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/

Between January and April 2014, Senator Blumenthal hosted seven forum discussions on campus sexual assault. Besides Fairfield, forums were held at University of Hartford, Southern Connecticut State University, University of St. Joseph, Western Connecticut State University, Northwestern Connecticut Community College, and Connecticut College. The statewide dialogue was triggered by the January release of the White House Council on Women and Girls' report that found nearly one in five women (22 million) and one in 71 men (1.6 million) had been victims of sexual assault. The other schools recognized for their policies to prevent campus sexual assault were Connecticut College and Central Connecticut State College.

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Media Contact: Mike Horyczun, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2647, mhoryczun@fairfield.edu

Posted on May 11, 2014

Vol. 46, No. 294

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