October 27, 2014
On October 21, 2014, more than 100 SMU students, faculty and administrators participated in a White House campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault across the country. The “It’s On Us” Signing Day at Hughes-Trigg Student Center was sponsored by the SMU Student Senate.
“The ‘It’s On Us’ campaign is an opportunity for us to stand with other universities against sexual assault,” says Monica Finnegan, student body vice president and a senior Hunt Leadership Scholar, who organized the event. “Student leaders launched the ‘Not On My Campus’ campaign at SMU last year, and this national campaign is an additional way for us to work together to eliminate sexual assault and misconduct.”
On a table lined with computers, SMU community members took the “It’s on Us” pledge, which asks signers to:
- Recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
- Identify situations in which sexual assault may occur.
- Intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
- Create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.
Read more about “It’s On Us” at SMU.
Learn about SMU programs, policies and resources aimed at preventing sexual assault at smu.edu/LiveResponsibly.
Scenes from “It’s On Us” Signing Day