IU Southeast 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 Southeast (IUS) campus in March 2016.

IU Southeast’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 669 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 12 percent of the total student population on the campus. In nominal terms, 96 percent of the survey participants whose answers are reported here were undergraduates and 4 percent were graduate students; 71 percent were women and 29 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 Southeast. 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 Southeast campus.

Key Findings

  • Instances of sexual misconduct reported by participants prior to coming to IUS exceeds, in every case, those experienced by participants while at IUS. Note: There were not enough graduate men participants to report responses for this group.

  • Since coming to IUS, 5 percent of undergraduate women participants reported experiencing attempted or completed nonconsensual sexual penetration while at IUS. 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).

  • Overall, nonconsensual sexual touching, stalking, and sexual harassment were reported by undergraduate participants as the types of sexual misconduct most often experienced since coming to IUS. Among undergraduate women participants, 10 percent reported experiencing nonconsensual sexual touching, 8 percent reported experiencing stalking, and 8 percent reported experiencing sexual harassment. Among undergraduate men participants, 2 percent reported experiencing nonconsensual sexual touching, 2 percent reported experiencing stalking, and 2 percent reported experiencing sexual harassment.

  • The majority of undergraduate women participants (n=38) spoke to someone about the incident, with 66 percent reporting that they told friend(s), 37 percent reporting that they spoke to a romantic partner, and 34 percent reporting that they spoke to someone at IUS. Participants were then asked what kind of responses they received by those they told, and 66 percent of undergraduate women reported feeling supported.

  • Among undergraduate women participants (n=24) who did not tell anyone about the incident (11 percent), 50 percent responded that they felt it was a private matter they wanted to deal with on their own, and 67 percent said they did not think what happened was “serious enough to disclose to others.”

  • 50 percent of undergraduate women participants (n=20) reported that the incident occurred at an off-campus residence, and the majority (n=38) indicated that the assailant was known to them in some way.

  • When asked how the incident affected them, 69 percent of undergraduate women participants (n=42) reported that the incident negatively impacted their mental/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, staff, and administrators are genuinely concerned about their welfare. The majority of participants additionally reported feeling that faculty, staff, and administrators at IUS treat students fairly. Note: There was not enough participation by graduate men to report on rates for this group.

  • 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, and that the university would likely take steps to protect the safety of the person making the report. Note: There was not enough participation by graduate men to report on rates for this group.

  • Overall, graduate women participants reported the lowest rates of understanding and knowing where to get immediate help, 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.

  • Among undergraduate men and women participants, the majority had previously spoken to friends and a romantic/sexual partner about consent. Undergraduate women participants reported the highest rates of having talked about the issue of consent with a romantic/sexual partner (66 percent). Note: There was not enough participation by graduate men or graduate women to report on rates for these groups

  • Undergraduate participants, as well as 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. Note: There was not enough participation by graduate men to report on rates for this group.

  • Only 6 percent of undergraduate men participants and 6 percent of undergraduate women participants reported thinking sexual misconduct is a problem on the IUS campus, and around half of undergraduate participants reported that they think they can do something about sexual misconduct.

  • Participants across all genders and class levels reported high levels 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.

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