23 Aug 2006
President discusses values and respect issues
Lt. Gen. John Rosa, president of The Citadel, held a press conference today to discuss The Citadel’s Values and Respect Program and information relating to the climate at The Citadel. He said that issues of alcohol, sexual harassment and sexual assault are ones that concern all college presidents because they pose risks “that keep young people from fulfilling their potential and haunt them throughout their lives.”
The Values and Respect Program is an expanded effort to teach leadership in accordance with the college’s mission of educating principled leaders. “Many of the behaviors that are so damaging to young people are, I believe, rooted in a lack of respect for one’s self and for others,” Rosa said.
The president discussed results of a survey given on campus last spring that indicated problems with sexual harassment and sexual assault on campus. The survey was administered to measure the climate within the Corps and 22 females and 19 males responded that they had experienced some form of sexual assault during their Citadel careers. (Sexual assault is defined as contact ranging from unwanted touching to rape.)
“I would caution everyone not to draw conclusions about the vast majority of our honorable cadets who have no part in any of the alleged incidents referred to in the survey,” Rosa said.
According to the National Crime Victimization Survey in 2002, 75% of sexual assaults on college students involved the use of alcohol by the perpetrator, the victim or both parties
The president said that he is releasing internal information that reflects negatively on the college because in order to address the issues openly and honestly. “People must be able to communicate about these issues if we are going to resolve them,” he said.
“In order to be true to our mission and core values, we must act now,” Rosa said. “It is the right thing to do and it is an imperative of leadership.”
Additional information on the survey and the Values and Respect Program.