As a member of the Louisiana Campus Sexual Assault Working Group, I am deeply thankful to be a part of the good work that is being done by the members of this group under the leadership of Sen. J.P. Morrell.

What the group has demonstrated for me over the past several months is the tremendous thoughtfulness and care to approaching this problem that is taken by some of our best leaders and experts around the state.

The Board of Regents’ announcement of the Uniform Policy on Sexual Misconduct, effective immediately for all Louisiana colleges and universities is a step in the right direction for our state. But, our efforts cannot, must not, stop there.

Louisiana has the opportunity to be a national leader on this issue, going above and beyond federal mandates and policy guidelines. Our students are counting on us to help them, both in providing effective prevention programming and practices, as well as responding to them with respect and dignity in the aftermath of an assault.

It’s time to listen to what our students have to say. It’s time to implement a campus climate survey that will provide a space for them to tell us what they have experienced and what they need. I hope you will voice your support for Sen. Morrell’s proposed legislation this year requiring all campuses to provide such a survey for their students and make the results public. We are on the right path, but we have to continue walking.

Carrie Wooten

director of research and policy, Louisiana Progress

Baton Rouge