Title IX Campus Climate Survey | St. Lawrence University

Title IX Campus Climate Survey

Results from 2019 Survey

Survey Instrument and Administration

  • Developed by the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS)
  • Online instrument
  • Data collection in February (mid-year)
  • We communicated to students that participation is confidential and anonymous; coordinated survey launch with support services (advocate office hours)
  • 368 SLU students completed the survey (279 identified as women and 102 identified as men);  In 2017, 388 students repsonded. This 17% response rate is lower than the response average for small colleges, 21%.
  • Assault is defined as every action from unwanted touching to penetration.  

What We Learned

  • Unwanted sexual contact and sexual assault continue to be a problem on college campuses and at St. Lawrence
  • Both men and women experience unwanted sexual contact or assault.  However, women are much more likely than men to experience it, and to experience it more frequently.
  • St. Lawrence students feel well informed about policies and resources; they feel less confident about outcomes of reports.
  • Data suggests some progress since 2015 but requires continued awareness, education and support by all.
98% Received information or education on sexual assault and how to recognize it  (same percentage as 2017)
96% Received information or education on actions they can take to help prevent sexual assault  (4 percentage points improvement from 2017
68% Have experience unwanted verbal behaviors  (4 percentage points decline from 2017)
41% Have experience unwanted brief physical contact (8 percentage point decline from 2017)
19% Have experienced sexual assaults - an additional 5% suspected they were sexually assault but were not certain  (n=68) (9 percentage points greater than 2017)
45% Reported unable to consent due to incapacitation (6 percentage points decline from 2017)
38% Of occurred sexual assaults included bystanders (same percentage as 2017)
31% Of situations including bystanders, the bystanders intervened (10 percentage points improvement from 2017)

Comparative Statistics

Students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with positive campus climate questions:

St. Lawrence women:  39%          All small institutions women students:  38%
St. Lawrence men:  53%               All small institutions men students:  41%

Percentage of respondents who agree or strongly agree that campus officials would take report of assault seroiusly:

St. Lawrence women:  73%        All small institutions women students:  74%
St. Lawrence men:  86%               All small institutions men students:  85%

Percentage of respondents who agree or strongly agree that campus officials would  conduct a careful investigation in order to determien what happened:

St. Lawrence women:  60%        All small institutions women students:  61%
St. Lawrence men:  78%               All small institutions men students:  71%

Percentage of respondents who agree or strongly agree that campus officials would  take action against the offender(s):

St. Lawrence women:  42%        All small institutions women students:  51%
St. Lawrence men:  66%               All small institutions men students:  69%