IU Northwest Campus Climate Survey results

IU Northwest Campus Climate Survey results

All students on the IU Northwest campus were invited in October 2016 to complete a climate survey on sexual misconduct, assault, and related issues.

Survey results were consistent with those from similar studies at other universities. They confirm the vital importance the IU community's continuing commitment to combatting these serious issues, which affect a significant number of students—both before and while they are attending college.

The information gathered will help us achieve our goal of eliminating sexual violence from our campus community.

Results and data

Complete data and a summary of key findings can be found in the full report. As with any voluntary study, results reflect only the reponses of survey participants. Response bias is expected, given the sensitive nature of the topic. Repondents who completed at least 50% of the survey, were age 18 or older, and identify as male or female are included. While the data is not a complete representation of the experiences of all undergraduate and graduate students at IU Northwest, it is important to our understanding of experiences and perceptions on campus.


Who responded?


8%of student population


11%grad students



Key findings

  • Sexual misconduct incidents prior to coming to IUN exceeded those experienced since coming to IUN in all cases, except for nonconsensual attempted sexual penetration (1% of undergraduate men reported the same rate prior to and since coming to IU Northwest). Graduate men's responses were too few to include. (See Tables 1.1a and 1.1b and Appendix C, Figures 1a-1d.)

  • Since enrolling at IU Northwest, 2% of undergraduate women and 6% of graduate women experienced attempted or completed nonconsensual sexual penetration while at IU Northwest. This tracks much lower than the most-cited study, which indicates an incidence of 1 in 5 women experience attempted or completed rape during their collegiate experience (Fisher et al., 2000). (See Table 1.2)

  • Undergraduate women reported that the majority of sexual misconduct incidents were committed by people not affiliated with IU Northwest. Of the undergrads who experienced sexual harassment since coming to IU Northwest, 29% reported that it was committed by another university student. Note: There were not enough participants to report this information for incidents of domestic violence, nonconsensual attempted sexual penetration, and nonconsensual sexual penetration; nor for men and graduate women. (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 at IU Northwest (14%). Undergraduate women reported the highest rate of experiencing sexual harassment while at IU Northwest (5%). Undergraduate men reported most often experiencing nonconsensual sexual touching while at IU Northwest (4%). (See Tables 1.1a and 1.1b and Appendix C, Figures 1a-1d)

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

  • Undergraduates and graduate women 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 (undergrad women 86%, undergrad men 94%, graduate women 91%) than feeling safe in the area surrounding campus (41%, 51%, and 56%, respectively). (See Table 3.1 and Appendix D, Figures 3a–3b)

  • Women 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)

  • Low percentages of participants reported completing an online educational program since coming to IU Northwest, but the majority of undergrads indicated they received information about sexual misconduct during new student orientation. (See Table 4.1)

  • 55% of undergraduate men and 61% undergraduate women indicated that they had never talked about issues of consent with anyone. Those who had discussed consent 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)

  • 16% 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 IU Northwest campus, undergraduate men reported the highest rates of believing that they could do something about sexual misconduct (52%). Undergraduate women reported the highest rates of indicating that they were planning to learn more about the problem of sexual violence on campus (40%). (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. Most indicated that they would tell someone at IU Northwest information they may have that could be useful in a sexual assault case even if pressured by peers not to do so. (See Table 9 and Appendix E, Figures 8a–8b)