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The past few months have seen a massive increase in student activism surrounding sexual assault on campus, including the filing of a federal complaint and activism that has generated national coverage.

This piece was originally submitted to Spectator on May 9 and has not been taken from other postings of this letter.

To the Columbia Community:

 We were shocked to learn of the Title IX, Title II, and Clery Act complaints filed against Columbia on April 24. We applaud the bravery and fortitude of the students who filed these complaints.

As troubling as it is to learn about the level of sexual misconduct on campus, we are even more dismayed by Columbia’s response to these problems. It is clear that University policies and enforcement are insufficient and even harmful to creating an environment where students feel safe and supported. We, as a community, must do more to make this school a place where all students are safe from violence. We must do better.

 As faculty members of the University, we demand an environment that is safe for every member of our community, regardless of their gender. Having an environment where everyone feels comfortable and secure is essential for learning.

 We want students who have been victims of sexual assault to know they have our support. We commit ourselves to work with our community to change the campus climate so that rape, sexual assault, and violence are not a part of any community member’s experience. And we will ensure that University policies do not just comply with federal requirements, but go further, so that all students experience the kind of support and respect that our community can provide.

To achieve these ends, we demand that the University enact serious and substantial reform with strong student involvement in a transparent process.

We must change the culture here. The brave students who filed a complaint against our University have taken the first step. We stand with them.

Lila Abu-Lughod
Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science, Department of Anthropology
Director, Middle East Institute

Karen Barkey
Professor of Sociology
Director, Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life

Peter Bearman
Jonathan R. Cole Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

Debbie Becher
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Barnard College

Helen Benedict
Professor of Journalism

Chris Blattman
Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science

Marcellus Blount
Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Brian Boyd
Lecturer in the Discipline of Anthropology
Director of Museum Studies and Program Coordinator, Center for Archaeology

Tina Campt
Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Director, Africana Studies Program
Barnard College

Partha Chatterjee
Professor of Anthropology and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies

Laura Ciolkowski
Adjunct Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Associate Director, Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Associate Director, Center for the Study of Social Difference

Pam Cobrin
Senior Lecturer in English
Director, Writing and Speaking Programs
Barnard College

Jean Cohen
Nell and Herbert M. Singer Professor of Contemporary Civilization in the Core Curriculum, Department of Political Science

Yinon Cohen
Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi Professor of Israel and Jewish Studies
Chair, Department of Sociology

Julie Crawford
Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature

June Cross
Professor of Journalism

Patricia Dailey
Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Nicholas Dames
Theodore Kahan Professor of Humanities
Chair, Department of English and Comparative Literature

Gil Eyal
Professor of Sociology

Catherine Fennell
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Priscilla Ferguson
Professor of Sociology

Page Fortna
Chair, Department of Political Science

Samuel G. Freedman
Professor of Journalism

Tim Frye
Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy
Director, Harriman Institute

Todd Gitlin
Professor of Journalism and Sociology

Steven Gregory
Professor of Anthropology and African-American Studies

Kim F. Hall
Lucyle Hook Chair, Professor of Africana Studies and English

LynNell Hancock
H. Gordon Garbedian Professor of Journalism
Director, Spencer Fellowship Program

Marguerite Holloway
Associate Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of Journalism
Director, Science and Environmental Journalism

Katharina Ivanyi
Assistant Professor of Religion

Janet Jakobsen
Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Director, Barnard Center for Research on Women
Barnard College

Richard John
Professor of Journalism

Kimuli Kasara
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Alice Kessler-Harris
R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History in Honor of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Department of History

Rashid Khalidi
Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies, Departments of History and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies

Shamus Khan
Associate Professor of Sociology

Kathleen Knight
Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science

Bruce Kogut
Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Columbia Business School

Jeffrey W. Kysar
Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Hilary A. Hallett
Assistant Professor of History

Marianne Hirsch
William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Jean Howard
George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities, Department of English and Comparative Literature

Macartan N. Humphreys
Professor of Political Science

David Johnston
Professor of Political Science

Matthew L. Jones
James R. Barker Associate Professor of Contemporary Civilization, Department of History
Chair, Contemporary Civilization and Committee on the Core

Jennifer C. Lena
Associate Professor of Arts Administration and Sociology
Teachers College

Natasha Lightfoot
Assistant Professor of History

Claudio Lomnitz
Campbell Family Professor of Anthropology

Christia Mercer
Gustave M. Berne Professor of Philosophy

Brinkley Messick
Professor of Anthropology and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies

Nara Milanich
Associate Professor of History
Barnard College

Massimo Morelli 
Professor of Political Science and Economics

Dipali Mukhopadhyay
Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

Maria Victoria Murillo
Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Andrew J. Nathan
Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science

Celia Naylor
Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies
Barnard College

Alondra Nelson
Professor of Sociology
Director, Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Mae Ngai
Professor of History and Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies

Sharyn O'Halloran
George Blumenthal Professor of Political Economy and Professor of International and Public Affairs
Director, Advanced Policy and Economic Analysis Program 

Gary Y. Okihiro
Professor of International and Public Affairs

Aaron M. Pallas
Arthur I. Gates Professor of Sociology and Education
Teachers College

Susan Pedersen
James P. Shenton Professor of the Core Curriculum, Department of History

Gregory Pflugfelder
Associate Professor of Japanese History, Departments of History and East Asian Languages and Cultures

Peter G. Platt
Chair, Department of English
Barnard College

Elizabeth Povinelli
Chair, Department of Anthropology

Wayne Proudfoot
Professor of Religion

Tonya L. Putnam
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Anupama Rao
Associate Professor of History
Barnard College

Samuel Roberts
Associate Professor of History and Sociomedical Sciences

Nan Rothschild
Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Anthropology

Saskia Sassen
Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology
Co-Chair, Committee on Global Thought

James Schamus
Professor of Professional Practice, Film

Michael Schudson
Professor of Journalism

Karen Seeley
Lecturer in Discipline, Department of Anthropology

Michael Shapiro
Professor of Journalism

Robert Shapiro
Professor of Political Science

Audra Simpson
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Pamela H. Smith
Seth Low Professor of History

Alisa Solomon
Professor of Journalism
Director, Arts and Culture Concentration in the M.A. Program, Columbia Journalism School

Neferti X. M. Tadiar
Chair, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Barnard College

Mark Taylor
Chair, Department of Religion

Kendall Thomas
Nash Professor of Law
Director, Center for the Study of Law and Culture

Robert Thurman 
Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies, Department of Religion

Van C. Tran
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Andie Tucher?
Associate Professor of Journalism
Director, Communications Ph.D. Program?, Columbia Journalism School

Nadia Urbinati
Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Professor of Political Theory and Hellenic Studies, Department of Political Science

Johannes Urpelainen
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Carole S. Vance
Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences

Dorian Warren
Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Jonathan Weiner
Maxwell M. Geffen Professor of Medical and Scientific Journalism

Paige West 
Tow Professor of Anthropology
Chair, Barnard College Department of Anthropology
Barnard College

Josh Whitford
Associate Professor of Sociology

Madeleine Zelin
Dean Lung Professor of Chinese Studies, Departments of History and East Asian Languages and Cultures

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