Safe Campus Challenge

A $5,000 Challenge for students to identify root causes of sexual assault on campus and recommend a solution for their campus. Read Overview...

"WT Reporting a Sexual Assault on Campus Over the Weekend"
     - myhighplains.com 02/01/2015

"Sexual assault stats still instill fear on Northern Colorado campus"
     - The Mirror 02/01/2015

"Dartmouth Bans Hard Liquor on Campus, Takes Steps to Halt Sexual VIolence"
      - Hartford Courant 01/29/2015

Sexual assaults on campus have made the headlines a lot lately. As a result, the federal government and states have enacted laws and colleges have implemented sexual assault policies, defining how students can interact and the consequences of unwanted sexual interactions.

In 2011, Liz Claiborne sponsored a College and Dating Violence and Abuse Poll. The study found:


  • 43% of dating college women reported experiencing abusive dating behaviors.

  • 29% of college women say they have been in an abusive dating relationship.


A 2007 campus sexual assault study by the U.S. Department of Justice found that 1 in 5 women are targets of attempted or completed sexual assault while they are college students, compared to 1 in 16 college men.

And, in 2014, after the formation of the Obama administration’s Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault the administration named 55 colleges and universities that were under investigation for their handling of sexual assault cases.

Since then, the Jeanne Clery Act passed, requiring colleges and universities to disclose safety information and follow basic requirements for handling incidences of sexual violence and emergency situations. And colleges have created policies to comply.

Yet assaults are still in the headlines. 

And, while there are many who question the statistics on rape or assault, no one is saying it isn’t happening. In our opinion, one sexual assault on campus, or anywhere, is one too many.

Policies are useful but they often don’t get to the heart of the matter - what can be done to prevent sexual assault on college campuses altogether? And many universities and non-profits have created programs to impact behavior through training, smartphone apps, and awareness campaigns.

While effective, these do not always address the root causes of sexual assault on campus or may not be pefect for your campus.

What can be done to prevent sexual assault on your campus? Or on campuses around the world?

The Safe Campus Challenge asks you to identify root causes of sexual assault on campus and recommend a plan that addresses those root causes.

The Safe Campus Challenge is a $5,000 Challenge for students to identify root causes of sexual assault on campus and recommend a plan to address sexual assault on their campus.

Who can participate:
The Challenge is open to all students in the United States and Canada. To be eligible to compete, you must comply with all the terms of the Challenge as defined in the Challenge-Specific Agreement.

Selection of Winner:
Based on the winning criteria, 3 prizes will be awarded for a total of $5,000. First place - $2,500; second place - $1,500; third place - $1,000. In case of a tie, the winner will be selected at the discretion of the Judging Panel.

Registration and Submissions:
All competitors must be registered by May 1, 2015 11:00PM Pacific Time to be eligible for the prize. No registrations will be accepted after this date and no changes to Teams may be made after this date.

All submission materials must be submitted online on or before  May 8, 2015 at 11:00PM Pacific Time. No submissions will be accepted after this time. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. All submissions must be received online, via the Challenge website. Submission reporting requirements are detailed in Judging.

Challenge Guidelines are subject to change. Registered competitors will receive notification when changes are made, however, we highly encourage you to visit the Challenge Site often to review updates.

How to Win the Challenge



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