IUP Be Heard

Be Heard PosterOn April 4, 2018, 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. The university previously surveyed students on this same topic during second semester of 2015-16.

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 which contained a link to take the Survey of Community Attitudes about Sexual Violence. The survey helped to answer the following questions:

  • How often does sexual violence happen to IUP students?
  • When it does happen, where can the students turn for help?
  • What do students know about sexual violence and the resources available to prevent, counsel, and support those who experience sexual violence?
  • How do students feel about IUP's response to sexual violence?

IUP Be Heard logoAnswers 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.

Download the 2018 Be Heard poster (pdf).

For further information, please contact Jessica Miller, of the IUP Haven Project and Counseling Center, and 2018 survey chairperson, at J.E.Seacrist@iup.edu.