IU Northwest 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 its Indiana University Northwest (IUN) campus in October 2016.

IU Northwest’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 the university resources and practices related to preventing and responding to instances of sexual misconduct.

The results set forth in the full report were compiled from the 400 students who completed at least 50 percent of the survey, were age 18 or older, and who did not self-identify as something other than male or female (“participants”). This total represents approximately 8 percent of the total student population on the campus. In nominal terms, 89 percent of the survey participants whose answers are reported here were undergraduates and 11 percent were graduate students; 77 percent were women and 23 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 Northwest and is important not to take these data as necessarily representative of our student body. Regardless, we look to these 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 Northwest campus.

Key Findings

  • Instances of sexual misconduct reported by participants prior to coming to IUN exceed, in every case, those experienced by participants since coming to IUN, with the exception of nonconsensual attempted sexual penetration in which undergraduate men participants reported the same experience rate prior to attending and since coming to IUN (1 percent). Note: There were not enough graduate men participants to report responses for this group. (See Tables 1.1a and 1.1b and Appendix C, Figures 1a-1d)

  • Since enrolling at IUN, 2 percent of undergraduate women participants and 6 percent of graduate women participants reported experiencing attempted or completed nonconsensual sexual penetration while at IUN. 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). (See Table 1.2)

  • Undergraduate women participants reported that the majority of sexual misconduct incidents were committed by people not affiliated with IUN. Of those undergraduate participants who reported experiencing sexual harassment since coming to IUN, 29 percent reported that it was committed by another University student. Note: There were not enough participants to report this information for incidents of domestic violence, as well as nonconsensual attempted sexual penetration and nonconsensual sexual penetration. Additionally, there were not enough participants to report on the other groups of participants (UM, GM, GW). (See Tables 1.3, 1.9, 1.11, and 1.12)

  • Stalking was reported as the type of sexual misconduct most often experienced by graduate women participants, with 14 percent indicating they had experienced stalking while attending IUN. Undergraduate women participants reported the highest rate of experiencing sexual harassment among participant groups while at IUN with 5 percent. Of the different types of sexual misconduct, undergraduate men participants reported most often experiencing nonconsensual sexual touching since coming to IUN (4 percent). (See Tables 1.1a and 1.1b and Appendix C, Figures 1a-1d)

  • While only 14 percent of undergraduate women responded that the incident negatively affected their academic performance, 43 percent indicated that it negatively affected their mental health/emotional health. (See Table 2.23)

  • Undergraduate participants, as well as graduate women participants, reported high rates of feeling valued in the classroom and learning environment, as well as feeling that faculty, staff, and administrators are genuinely concerned about their welfare. (See Table 3.1 and Appendix D, Figures 3a — 3b)

  • Participants reported significantly higher rates of feeling safe on campus (UW 86 percent; UM 94 percent; GW 91 percent) than feeling safe in the area surrounding campus (UW 41 percent; UM 51 percent; GW 56 percent). (See Table 3.1 and Appendix D, Figures 3a — 3b)

  • Women participants reported the lowest rates of understanding how to follow up with campus officials, and how to find more information about IU’s Sexual Misconduct policies and procedures if they or a friend were sexually assaulted. (See Table 3.3)

  • While there were low percentages among participants indicating that they had completed an online educational program since coming to IUN, the majority of undergraduate participants indicated that they received information about sexual misconduct during new student orientation programming. (See Table 4.1)

  • Of undergraduate participants, 55 percent of undergraduate men and 61 percent of undergraduate women indicated that they had never talked about issues of consent with anyone. However, of those who had discussed consent, participants indicated that they most often talked to friends and/or a romantic/sexual partner. (See Tables 5.1 and 5.3  and Appendix D, Figures 6a — 6b)

  • Among undergraduate participants, 16 percent of undergraduate men and 10 percent of undergraduate women indicated that they felt a person who is heavily drinking can still give legal consent to sexual activity. (See Table 6 and Appendix D, Figure 7a)

  • Though the vast majority of participants reported that they did not feel sexual misconduct was a problem on the IUN campus, undergraduate men reported the highest rates of believing that they could do something about sexual misconduct at 52 percent. Undergraduate women participants reported the highest rates indicating that they were planning to learn more about the problem of sexual violence on campus (40 percent). (See Table 7)

  • The majority of participants reported high rates of confidence to express discomfort when someone says that rape victims are to blame for being raped, and that they would help someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs get away from a potentially vulnerable situation to a safe place. Additionally, most participants indicted that they would tell someone at IUN about information they may have that could be of use in a sexual assault case even if pressured by peers not to do so. (See Table 9 and Appendix E, Figures 8a – 8b)

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