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Sexual Violence Support, Resources, and Education

Colgate University takes gender-based violence seriously and provides support and information to survivors, friends and families of survivors, and the university community.

Colgate University is committed to the goals of fairness and equity in all aspects of the educational enterprise, and to a learning and living environment where all members of the community feel safe and respected. Acts of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct are serious violations of our community values.  The University will not tolerate sexual misconduct, or other forms of sexual violence or nonconsensual sexual activity, and will respond promptly and equitably to these incidents and to any student, staff, or faculty member who reports such incidents.

Sexual assault and relationship violence can affect people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, ages, socio-economic statuses, and national origins. We encourage all members of our campus community to seek support for and to report all sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.

Did You Know?

  • One in four women will have experienced sexual violence by the time they graduate from college. An estimated one in eight men will experience sexual violence during their lifetime.

  • In 94% of incidents of sexual assault of college students, the victim knows the perpetrator.

  • Fewer than 5% of sexual assaults of college students are reported to law enforcement officials. However, two-thirds of survivors tell another person (most often a friend) about the incident.

  • An empowered bystander is an individual who witnesses potentially harmful behavior and takes action that has the potential to lead to a positive outcome, such as speaking up about abusive behavior and supporting individuals who might be the targets of sexual predation.