A Message of Appreciation for Former Vice President Biden's Message of Purpose

Dear Members of the Rutgers University–New Brunswick Community:

Yesterday, we were honored to have our students engage with former Vice President Joe Biden in a critical call to action to end sexual violence. I was proud to join together with more than 2,000 Scarlet Knights, alumni, and friends at the College Avenue Gym to pledge our commitment to this vital cause. 

Vice President Biden made his point clear. “We can stop this,” he said about sexual violence. “I am absolutely convinced we can change the culture. We must say in the strongest possible terms it won’t be tolerated.” I stand in full support of this call to action and urge you to do the same.

If past is prologue, then Rutgers will continue to blaze an unyielding trail for education and prevention. For decades, we have been at the forefront in the effort to end sexual violence. When I talk to our faculty and staff who work with survivors, I am struck by the extent to which their work is fueled by compassion, and motivated by a determination to build a community that cares. I am deeply grateful for their work; I hope you are, too.

Yesterday’s visit by Vice President Biden comes at an important moment as universities grapple with faltering leadership on the interpretation and enforcement of Title IX. No such faltering will happen here. Nothing about recent federal changes to guidance on Title IX policy will affect the quality of care we provide for students who have experienced sexual violence.

My heartfelt thanks go to Vice President Joe Biden for providing his wise and inspirational remarks to our community, and also to those at Rutgers—especially the Division of Student Affairs—who made this memorable day happen for our students. Please join with me and do what you can to end sexual violence now.



Deba Dutta
Chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick