2017-18 Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative

Take the Initiative > to help create a campus community guided by sexual respect and committed to ending sexual and gender-based misconduct.

The Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative invites you to examine the link between sexual respect and membership in the Columbia community.
Created by students along with faculty and administrators, the Initiative asks each of us to do what we can to promote a campus climate that reinforces sexual respect and rejects sexual harassment, sexual assault and other forms of gender-based misconduct.   

All Columbia students are strongly encouraged to participate, and students who are new to their schools must complete the Initiative. 

The goals of the Sexual Respect Initiative are to:

  • Increase your knowledge of key concepts related to sexual respect, including healthy and problematic behaviors, and the methods and potential impact of bystander intervention;
  • Increase awareness of University resources and community values; and
  • Provide opportunities to dispel myths about sexual violence, learn more about the link between gender stereotypes, harassment and violence, and foster awareness about sexual violence within our community and broader society.

A Message from Professor Suzanne Goldberg, Executive Vice President for University Life 

Sexual respect is a commitment. 
It is a commitment to communicating and acting with integrity and respect for others. 
It is also a commitment to each of us doing what we can to create an environment where sexual and gender-based misconduct is not tolerated. As members of this University community, we have the ability – and the responsibility – to support an ethic of care and mutual respect, even amidst our many differences.
As you think about how you will contribute, the Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative invites you to choose among many options for gaining skills and knowledge.
Sexual respect is an individual effort and a community responsibility.  It starts here, with each of us.