Policy Essay

“Only Yes Means Yes”: An Essay on University Policies Regarding Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault

"Only Yes Means Yes": An Essay on University Policies Regarding Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault

Janet Napolitano

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“The critical issues of sexual violence and sexual assault have right-fully gained greater attention at universities and colleges in our country.  Though these issues are not confined to university campuses, a few key reasons help explain the emphasis on sexual violence and sexual assault, as well as sexual harassment, within the higher education world. First, at many institutions of higher education, vast numbers of young adults live independently and in close proximity to one another for the first time. Second, federal law imposes reporting, response, and prevention requirements on colleges and universities that are not present in other contexts. And third, students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, members of governing boards, members of the community, and members of the state and federal governments all appropriately expect that colleges and universities will provide a safe and secure learning and working environment.”

Janet Napolitano is the 20th president of the University of California. 

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Janet Napolitano

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“Only Yes Means Yes”: An Essay on University Policies Regarding Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault

, 33 Yale L. & Pol'y Rev. 387 (2015).