Sexual Misconduct on College Campuses Still at Significant Levels: 2019 Survey Report Released
The latest campus survey data found significant levels of sexual misconduct on American college campuses and disparities in the prevalence among different categories of students. Westat conducted the study for the Association of American Universities (AAU), surveying 181,000+ individuals from 33 schools. We also conducted the 2015 survey.
The findings will help inform schools as they create policies and strategies to combat sexual assault and misconduct on their campuses.
Selected results from the aggregate analysis are:
- Approximately 1/4 of undergraduate women and undergraduate non-cisgender students report sexual contact by physical force or when unable to consent
- Most victims of nonconsensual sexual contact do not seek help from local or school programs or resources. Less than half (45%) of victims said it was very or extremely likely school officials would take a report of sexual assault seriously.
- Between 2015 and 2019 the rates of nonconsensual sexual contact did not change dramatically for the 21 schools that participated in both surveys.
- Student knowledge and concern about the problem did go up significantly between 2015 and 2019.
- AAU Campus Climate Survey (2019)
- Washington Post article: Survey finds evidence of widespread sexual violence at 33 universities