As an alumn, one of the most important things you can do is hold your alma mater accountable for its sexual assault prevention and treatment of survivors. For more resources than those provided below, please visit Alumni United.
Ask critical questions of administrators:
Does your sexual violence and harassment policy have an amnesty clause for non-violent conduct violations? (for example, if a student reports a sexual assault and was drinking, does the policy explicitly say that this student will not get in trouble with the school for consuming alcohol?)
Does the Title IX Coordinator receive annual training that is trauma-informed?
Are resources for survivors accessible online, including an online reporting option? If so, how are they publicized?
Is there mandatory prevention education on campus? Is the training given to small groups of students, or is it held in large lecture halls? Do the trainings teach students how to be active bystanders and inform them of ways to practice affirmative consent?
If your school answers any of these questions with “no” or “I’m not sure,” put pressure on the administration to make sure the answers become “yes!” This could include writing an open letter with other students or alumn in the local or student newspaper.
Withhold donations if necessary.
Schools depend on alumni donations. If your alma mater has inadequate sexual assault policies and/or enforcements, tell your school that you will divert your donations to an organization that supports survivors instead.
While it can seem implausible that you can influence legislation — you can. What you ask of your senators and members of congress, and your state legislature, matters on both the federal and state level. There are many ways to reach your elected officials.
Check out our political reform guide to get started
Change starts at home.
Whether you still live in your college town or not, you can make a difference in your community both on-campus and off, to support survivors. We encourage you to consider the following:
Host a public screening of The Hunting Ground.
Read We Believe You, an anthology of 36 survivor stories, and share this powerful piece, amplifying marginalized voices, with your friends.
Activism takes many forms. By supporting survivors and refusing to ignore this epidemic, you are engaging in activism.
Never forget to support survivors, trust survivors, and believe survivors. You can find a good collection of resources here.