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AU Statement Regarding Student Rally

American University has made significant progress toward improving sexual assault awareness and prevention throughout the AU community. This was possible because of the involvement of students, staff and faculty working together. The university is working with the student group rallying today to further our shared focus on interpersonal violence awareness, education and support.

American University does not tolerate any form of sexual violence or sexual misconduct. University complaints are investigated promptly, reported properly, and steps are immediately taken to stop discriminatory behavior, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects, especially through support to the survivor.

Faculty, students, staff, and administrators meet regularly to assess, improve, and enhance our response and prevention efforts. For example, the Sexual Assault Working Group (see more about the group here:, convened by the Dean of Students in spring 2009, issued recommendations to enhance support services for survivors on campus. A phased implementation of recommendations began in summer 2009. The Steering Committee meets every other week, with subcommittees (policy, assessment, education, and survivor support) meeting on the off weeks.

In addition, new students, faculty and staff participate in numerous trainings to address sexual assault. These include: Online education for all new students: All new undergraduate, graduate and law students are expected to complete the online course, Haven-Understanding Sexual Assault (EverFi), prior to their enrollment at AU. Haven teaches lessons about healthy relationships;the importance of consent and being a good communicator, and the many ways you can help create a safe and positive campus community.

Faculty and staff training on Title IX and the Campus SAVE Act: All full and part time faculty and staff members, about 3,000 employees, must complete an online training module on Title IX and Campus Save. New Bystander Intervention Program: AU launched a new bystander intervention program at the 2014 Eagle Summit and during Welcome Week. All new students learn how to apply the program's Five Decision Making Steps: (1) Notice the Event;(2) Interpret it as a Problem;(3) Assume Personal Responsibility;(4) Know How to Help;and (5) STEP UP! Special request and open sign-up bystander intervention training are available throughout the year.

Students, faculty and staff who have concerns and suggestions should contact the Office of Campus Life to create a safer and more responsive environment or if they just want more information about our efforts.For more information about AU's numerous efforts to assess, improve, and enhance our response and prevention efforts, visit

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