IUPUC 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–Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) campus in March 2016.

IUPUC’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 282 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 19 percent of the total student population on the campus. In nominal terms, 96 percent of the survey participants were undergraduates and 4 percent were graduate students; 73 percent were women and 27 percent were men. Because fewer than 10 graduate men and graduate women completed the survey, responses for those groups are not included in this report.

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 IUPUC. 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 IUPUC campus.

Key Findings

  • Instances of sexual misconduct reported by participants prior to coming to IUPUC exceeds, in every case, those experienced by participants since coming to IUPUC. Note: There were not enough graduate participants to report responses for graduate men or graduate women.

  • Since coming to IUPUC, 4 percent of undergraduate women participants reported experiencing attempted or completed nonconsensual sexual penetration while at IUPUC. 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).

  • 70 percent of undergraduate women participants reported that the person who committed the nonconsensual sexual touching was not affiliated with the university.

  • More than 90 percent of undergraduate participants reported feeling safe on the IUPUC campus, as well as in the area surrounding campus.

  • Undergraduate participants reported high rates of feeling valued in the classroom and learning environment, as well as feeling that IUPUC faculty, staff, and administrators are genuinely concerned about their welfare.

  • The vast majority of undergraduate participants felt that the university would take a report of sexual assault or other sexual violence seriously, and that the university would likely take corrective action against an offender found responsible.

  • Just over half of undergraduate men and women participants reported knowing where to get immediate help if they or a friend were sexually assaulted or experienced some other form of sexual misconduct. This suggests a need to increase student awareness of resources available both on campus and in the community.

  • Undergraduate men reported the highest rates of talking to a romantic/sexual partner about issues of consent, at 85 percent (UW 56 percent). The majority of participants also reported talking to friends about the issues of consent.

  • 77 percent of undergraduate men participants and 91 percent of undergraduate women participants agreed that the more alcohol a person has consumed, the less able they are to consent to sexual activity.

  • Only 4 percent of undergraduate men and 2 percent of undergraduate women participants reported thinking that sexual misconduct is a problem at the IUPUC campus. At 49 percent, undergraduate men participants reported the highest response rates of thinking they can do something about sexual misconduct.

  • Around 97 percent of undergraduate participants reported that they had not observed a situation that they believe was, or could have led to, a sexual assault since becoming a student at IUPUC.

  • Undergraduate men reported the highest rates of confidence in expressing discomfort if someone says that a rape victim is to blame for being raped, as well as expressing discomfort when someone makes a joke of a sexual nature about another person or their body.

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