April 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City) sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. News and World Report urging its editors to expand the methodology used in its annual assessment of colleges and universities to include campus safety.

“It’s unacceptable that one in five college students will be victims of sexual assault. When parents and students compare colleges and universities they deserve to know which campuses are safe and which have demonstrated a pattern of failing to protect and respond to sexual assault. U.S. News and World Report should not be giving top marks to institutions that don’t follow the law,” Congresswoman Speier said. “I’m pleased with the bipartisan support on what would be an important step toward improving the publication’s assessment of our nation’s universities.”

The letter is here and attached:

April 9, 2014

 

 

To the Editors of U.S. News and World Report:

 

We are writing to you to urge you to expand the methodology of your annual assessment of colleges and universities to include campus safety. Nearly 20 percent of young women are victims of attempted or actual sexual assault, along with 6 percent of young men. Despite this widespread problem, the National Institute of Justice has estimated that 63 percent of universities shirk their legal responsibilities to address sexual violence.

 

For parents in particular, safety is one of their first concerns before considering any institution. But it is difficult for them to find the objective information they need to make a decision about which institution is best for their child. Parents and students deserve to know whether these institutions are fulfilling their obligations, and your annual assessment of colleges and universities is one of the primary resources they turn to for determining which institutions to attend. As you know, your rankings serve as a primary tool for colleges and universities as they assess their performance.

 

Institutions that fail to adequately respond to sexual violence should not receive accolades from your publication. We urge you to include violence statistics in annual Clery reports and information about institutions’ efforts to prevent and respond to incidents of campus sexual assault, including whether those institutions that have been found to be in violation of Title IX provisions regarding sexual violence, when ranking colleges and universities.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

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Jackie Speier                                                                           Patrick Meehan

Member of Congress                                                               Member of Congress

 

 

 

 

 

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Barbara Lee                                                                             Ted Poe

Member of Congress                                                               Member of Congress

 

 

 

 

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Rosa DeLauro                                                                         Yvette Clarke

Member of Congress                                                               Member of Congress

 

 

 

 

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Charles Rangel                                                                        Mike Michaud

Member of Congress                                                               Member of Congress

 

 

 

 

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Julia Brownley                                                                        Eric Swalwell

Member of Congress                                                               Member of Congress

 

 

 

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Mark Takano                                                                           Niki Tsongas

Member of Congress                                                               Member of Congress

 

 

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Congresswoman Jackie Speier is proud to represent California’s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo counties. She is a senior member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). In her role on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Congresswoman is a ranking member on the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements and serves on the Subcommittee on National Security. She serves on the Readiness Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on HASC and is a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Congresswoman Speier was appointed to serve as a Senior Whip for the Democratic caucus in the 113th Congress.