During second semester of 2015–16, IUP launched a survey of students to address issues related to inappropriate sexual behavior, which includes sexual violence—a longstanding challenge faced by colleges and universities across the country. Many colleges and universities, like IUP, have polices, resources, and programs to address
inappropriate sexual behaviors and support individuals who may have experienced these behaviors. However, it can be difficult to obtain comprehensive, accurate, and consistent data regarding these experiences.
In order to collect more information, students received an e-mail
on April 1, 2016, which contained a link to take the Survey of Community
Attitudes about Sexual Violence. Reminder e-mails were sent on April 8 and April 14, 2016. The survey helped answer the following questions:
Answers to these questions will help IUP provide better support for people who have experienced sexual violence, develop policies and prevention tools to reduce the frequency of sexual violence in the campus community, and gauge the campus climate regarding overall sexual misconduct among students.
IUP Be Heard poster (pdf).
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