Margaret Eby
February 13, 2015 6:05 am

This week, at an information session for prospective students at Columbia University, members of the campus activist group No Red Tape delivered an important message to both the administration and would-be future students.

No Red Tape handed out a petition asking the attendees of the session to hold Columbia responsible for their sexual assault policies.

“As prospective students, we know you care about attending a college which prioritizes your safety,” they wrote. “We need your help to hold all colleges accountable, and urge you to demand information from Columbia and other schools you visit about what they are doing to keep students safe and address gender-based violence on campus.”

“President Bollinger and other administrators have publicly proclaimed that it is their top priority to address this issue,” Barnard student and activist Michela Weihl told Feministing. “However, it has become abundantly clear to us that the issue they truly care about is one of public relations, not student safety.”

Columbia University has found itself at the center of questions about sexual assault policies on campus thanks to the work of activist and artist Emma Sulkowicz, who drew national attention the issue with her senior art thesis, Carry That Weight. Sulkowicz has been carrying her mattress with her wherever she goes in order to address the administration’s lack of action to her own alleged rape.

No Red Tape is an ally of Carry That Weight, a group formed in response to Sulkowicz’s protest, and, according to their Facebook profile, is working “to end sexual violence and rap culture at Columbia University” and fight “for transformative, survivor-centered solutions.” They certainly have the attention of school administrators now.

(Image via No Red Tape’s Facebook Page)

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