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Online organizers UltraViolet have launched a campaign to make sure students admitted to Dartmouth know that the school has a problem with sexual violence. From their press release:

Just last month, more than 50,000 people signed onto a petition calling on Dartmouth to step up their fight against rape culture on campus– but with no concrete steps in the right direction, UltraViolet is now targeting prospective students with online ads. The ads, currently targeted to accepted students on Facebook, are meant to give them more information on Dartmouth’s rape problem before they decide on a school…

With acceptance letters to schools currently out, this is a key season for colleges to maintain their spot in rankings by getting a high “yield” of accepted students to commit to attending.

“With much talk and little action coming from Dartmouth on sexual assault, we felt forced to step up our campaign,” said Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet. “Ultimately Dartmouth is responsible for stopping rape on their campus–and if they won’t do that, prospective students have a right to know. It’s time for Dartmouth to move beyond words and take immediate and forceful action.”

Dartmouth was already under federal investigation for their lackluster approach to rape and sexual assault on campus when a student posted an online “rape guide” that resulted in the sexual assault of a student last month. Public outrage ensued, with more than 52,000 people signing onto UltraViolet’s petition for action and more than 2,500 calling into the campus.

See the petition here: http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/Dartmouth/

Dartmouth, however, has continued to provide big talk and few actions. UltraViolet is asking for the college to expel rapists, something the college has said it is open to but has yet to fully practice.A vote by the college’s Board of Trustees last month to recommend mandatory expulsion for rapists was a step in the right direction– but it has yet to be implemented.

Have any readers applying to college considered info on campus sexual violence when making their decision?

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Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at Feministing.com, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX, a national legal education campaign against campus gender-based violence. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and NPR. Through Know Your IX, she has organized with students across the country to build campuses free from discrimination and violence, developed federal policy on Title IX enforcement, and has testified at the Senate. At Yale Law, Alexandra focuses on antidiscrimination law and is a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. Alexandra is committed to developing and strengthening responses to gender-based violence outside the criminal justice system through writing, organizing, and the law. Keep an eye out for The Feminist Utopia Project, co-edited by Alexandra and forthcoming from the Feminist Press (2015).

Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at Feministing.com, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/kristen/ Kristen B

    I did but my school only had 0-1 rape in their crime statistics. That could only be true if they only had 3 or 4 female students. Lies.

  • http://feministing.com/members/lytling/ Alex

    As someone who has spent a lot of time working to address sexual violence at Dartmouth, I and most of the other activists I know who are engaging on this have been very frustrated with the UV petition. There are serious accuracy issues with their campaign(s), and they seem to be simply capitalizing on items in the news, not actually organizing with anyone who’s affected or actively involved with efforts at the College. hey have told us that they base their petitions on public information and that it is their policy of not revising petitions after they have been written, even if inaccuracies are pointed out. Not really a great model for online organizing.