IU East Campus Climate Survey Results

As part of Indiana University’s ongoing and comprehensive commitment to effectively addressing the issue of sexual assault, IU distributed a climate survey on sexual assault and sexual misconduct to all students on the Indiana University East (IUE) campus in March 2016.

IU East’s Community Attitudes and Experiences with Sexual Assault and Misconduct Survey asked students about their attitudes, perceptions, and direct experiences with sexual assault, as well as their opinions on university resources and practices related to preventing and dealing with instances of sexual misconduct.

The results set forth in the full report were compiled from the 310 students (“participants”) who completed at least 50 percent of the survey, were age 18 or older, and did not self-identify as something other than male or female . This total represents approximately 9 percent of the total student population on the campus. IU East has a substantial online population, serving students in most states and several foreign countries. The survey was provided to these students as well as to those who live locally. Therefore, there is a possibility that some survey participants have never been to the IU East campus. In nominal terms, 96 percent (n=297) of the survey participants whose answers are reported here were undergraduates and 4 percent (n=13) were graduate students; 77 percent (n=237) were women and 24 percent (n=73) were men.

A few of the key findings are set forth below. The complete data and summary of key findings can be found in the full report. It should be noted that, as with any voluntary study, the data collected and set forth in the report is reflective only of the participants who responded and participated in the survey. Response bias is expected given the sensitive nature of the topic and the specific focus on sexual violence. The data cannot therefore be understood to be a complete representation of the experiences of undergraduate and graduate students at Indiana University East. Regardless, we look to this data, and the responses shared by the participants, as important to our understanding of experiences and perceptions.

The information shared by participants will continue to be used to inform the work conducted through the university-wide Student Welfare Initiative and the IU East campus.

Key Findings

  • Participants across genders and levels in school reported high rates of feeling valued in the classroom and learning environment, as well as feeling that IUE faculty, staff, and administrators are genuinely concerned about their welfare.

  • Likewise, participants reported high rates of feeling safe both on the IUE campus and in the area surrounding campus.

  • Instances of sexual misconduct reported by participants prior to attending IUE exceeds, in every case, those experienced by participants since coming to IUE—with the exception of graduate women participants, who reported slightly higher rates of nonconsensual sexual penetration since attending IUE.

  • Since enrolling at IUE, 1 percent of undergraduate women participants and 8 percent of graduate women participants reported experiencing attempted or completed nonconsensual sexual penetration while at IUE. This tracks much lower than the most-cited study indicating that 1 in 5 women experience attempted or completed rape during their collegiate experience (Fisher et al., 2000).

  • Stalking was reported as the type of sexual misconduct most often experienced by undergraduate participants, with 3 percent of undergraduate men and 5 percent of undergraduate women participants indicating they had experienced stalking while attending IUE. Graduate women participants reported the highest rates of nonconsensual attempted penetration (9 percent) and nonconsensual sexual penetration (9 percent).

  • Among undergraduate women participants who reported experiencing stalking while attending IUE, the majority (63 percent) indicated that the individual who committed the misconduct was not affiliated with IUE.

  • While only 18 percent of undergraduate women responded that the incident negatively affected their academic performance, 46 percent indicated that it negatively affected their mental health/emotional health. An equal percentage of undergraduate women indicated that the event had no effect on their mental and emotional health.

  • Graduate women participants reported higher rates than undergraduate participants of feeling there is a good support system at IUE for students going through a difficult time.

  • The majority of undergraduate participants and graduate women participants felt that the university would take a report of sexual assault or other sexual violence seriously, as well as that the university would take steps to protect the safety of the person making the report. Additionally, most participants, including 89 percent of undergraduate women participants, felt that the university would take corrective action against an offender found responsible.

  • While the majority of participants know where to get immediate help and how to follow up with campus officials if they or a friend have been sexually assaulted or experienced other sexual misconduct, IUE would like to improve the rates across genders and grade levels regarding knowledge of how to follow up with campus officials.

  • No graduate women participants—and only 4 percent of undergraduate men and 2 percent of undergraduate women participants—reported thinking that sexual misconduct is a problem at the IUE campus. At 82 percent, graduate women participants reported the highest response rates of thinking they can do something about sexual misconduct, followed by undergraduate men with 57 percent.

  • Compared to undergraduate women participants, more undergraduate men participants reported that they have had another student tell them they were a victim of sexual assault (9 percent and 10 percent, respectively).

  • At 91 percent, undergraduate women expressed the highest rates of confidence in expressing discomfort if someone says that a rape victim is to blame for being raped. Additionally, high rates of confidence were reported among all participants that they would help someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs get away from a potentially vulnerable situation to a safe place.

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