The Princeton Review ranks the country’s top colleges for drinking beer or smoking pot, and lists which universities have the tastiest food or are most LGBT-friendly, so why wouldn’t it also publish some tips on the best and worst schools for avoiding on-campus sexual violence?
But The Princeton Review—the go-to resource for all things college that boasts ranking 379 schools on some 62 different topics—apparently doesn’t think the topic deserves some scrutiny, and it probably isn’t going to change its mind anytime soon. Even a petition that garnered tens of thousands of signatures in May failed to convince the company to publish a list.
UltraViolet, the women’s advocacy organization that spearheaded what’s now an ongoing petition, is again pressing the issue. The group recently rolled out a massive, scathing online ad campaign that discourages prospective students from applying to roughly three dozen sought-after colleges and universities that have been spotlighted for allegedly mishandling sexual violence issues on their campuses, including Brown University, Dartmouth College, University of California at Berkeley, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Arizona State University. Whether the ads will take away business from the schools remains to be seen, but the move is a hard-hitting reminder to the institutions that the public can and will hold them accountable for sexual violence—and a nod to The Princeton Review that it has a responsibility to its readers, too.