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Sexual Harassment and Assault – Response and Education

Coalition on Sexual Violence Prevention

Cornell University recognizes sexual violence as a serious campus and public health issue that affects every member of our community. Cornell has a long-standing history of leadership regarding sexual assault prevention and response. The Cornell University Council on Sexual Violence Prevention was established in 2012 in response to the current need for a campus and community-wide approach to preventing and effectively responding to sexual violence.

In Spring 2017, the Vice President for Student & Campus life requested a restructuring of several University Councils, including the Council on Sexual Violence Prevention. As a result, in the Fall 2017 a new Coalition on Sexual Violence Prevention replaced the Council but continues to consider the established priorities for our campus community.

The Coalition supports institutional compliance with requirements imposed by state and federal laws and regulations including but not limited to:

  • The Clery Act, as recently amended by §304 of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (including the guidance included in the April 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter).
  • §6431 of Article 129-A of NYS Education Law.

Through its meetings and committees, the Coalition examines the campus environment, prevention strategies, policies, procedures, and services and explores opportunities for fostering cultural change, reducing risks, and increasing support for members of the community affected by sexual violence and related misconduct.

The Coalition is chaired by Vice Presidents Ryan Lombardi and Mary Opperman, and it is comprised of staff and faculty members, students, as well as local service providers.

More about the Coalition:


Meeting minutes and related materials:



For more information about the Coalition on Sexual Violence Prevention, please contact:

Nina Cummings
Program Director, Sexual Violence Prevention and Victim Advocacy
Skorton Center for Health Initiatives
Cornell Health

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