IU Kokomo 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 Kokomo (IUK) campus in March 2016.

U Kokomo’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 437 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 17 percent of the total student population on the campus. In nominal terms, 95 percent of the survey participants whose answers are reported here were undergraduates, and 6 percent were graduate students; 76 percent were women, and 24 percent 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 Kokomo. 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 IU Kokomo campus.

Key Findings

  • Instances of sexual misconduct reported by participants prior to coming to IU Kokomo exceed, in every case, those experienced by participants since coming to IU Kokomo. Note: There were not enough graduate men participants to report responses for this group.

  • Overall, nonconsensual sexual touching and stalking were reported by undergraduate participants as the types of sexual misconduct most often experienced since coming to IU Kokomo. Among undergraduate women participants, 6 percent reported experiencing nonconsensual sexual touching and 7 percent reported experiencing stalking. Among undergraduate men participants, 3 percent reported experiencing nonconsensual sexual touching and 2 percent reported experiencing stalking. Graduate women participants reported the highest rates of dating violence and domestic violence at 7 percent and 7 percent respectively.

  • Since coming to IU Kokomo, 4 percent of undergraduate women participants and no graduate women participants reported experiencing attempted or completed nonconsensual sexual penetration while at IU Kokomo. 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).

  • Undergraduate women participants reported that the majority of sexual misconduct incidents were committed by people not affiliated with IU Kokomo, with the exception of sexual harassment, in which most reported that “another university student” sexually harassed them. Note: There were not enough participants to report this information for incidents of nonconsensual attempted sexual penetration and nonconsensual sexual penetration.

  • 85 percent of undergraduate women participants reported that they most often told friends about the incident, followed by parents (31%) and someone at IU Kokomo (31%). Participants were then asked what kind of responses they received by those they told, and 77 percent of undergraduate women reported feeling supported.

  • 56 percent of undergraduate women participants reported that the incident of sexual misconduct negatively affected their mental health/emotional health.

  • Participants across genders and levels in school reported high rates of feeling valued in the classroom and learning environment, as well as feeling that faculty are genuinely concerned about their welfare. The majority of participants additionally reported feeling that faculty, staff, and administrators at IU Kokomo treat students fairly.

  • Undergraduate participants, as well as graduate women participants, reported high rates of feeling safe both on the IU Kokomo campus and in the area surrounding campus.

  • Those participants who felt the university could do more to protect students from harm were asked for their thoughts on what the campus should do. One of the most common responses provided by both men and women participants was improving police presence and security on campus. Since this survey was completed by students in the Spring of 2016, IU Kokomo moved the campus police office to a more visible location in the Kelley Student Center.

  • Ninety percent of undergraduate men participants and 88 percent of undergraduate women participants reported that they believe the university would likely take a report of sexual assault or other sexual violence seriously, while graduate women participants reported lower rates of agreement (60%). However, high rates of agreement were reported across genders and levels in school that the university would likely take corrective action against an offender who was 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 (UM 78%; UW 74%; GW 73%), IU Kokomo would like to improve the rates across genders and grade levels regarding knowledge of how to follow up with campus officials (UM 64%; UW 61%; GW 67%).

  • Undergraduate participants reported that they had most often talked about consent with friends (UM 64%; UW 75%), followed by a romantic/sexual partner (UM 57%; UW 51%).

  • Undergraduate and graduate women participants reported high rates of agreement that the more alcohol a person has consumed, the less able they are to consent to sexual activity.

  • No undergraduate men participants and only 3 percent of undergraduate women participants reported thinking that sexual misconduct is a problem at the IU Kokomo campus. Undergraduate participants also reported the highest response rates of thinking they can do something about sexual misconduct (UM 45%; UW 51%).

  • Participants across all genders and levels in school expressed high rates of confidence in expressing discomfort if someone says that a rape victim is to blame for being raped. Participants generally had lower rates of confidence in expressing discomfort if someone makes a joke of a sexual nature about another person or their body.

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