By Elizabeth Paige
The University of Baltimore is committed to maintaining a university setting and educational environment that is healthy and nondiscriminatory for students, including an environment free of sexual misconduct of all types. In February 2016, UB’s Title IX Advisory Committee contracted with the UB Schaefer Center for Public Policy to administer a sexual assault campus climate survey to students to seek student input about the University’s climate and student experience regarding the incidence of sexual discrimination, misconduct and relationship violence. Thank you to the students that took the time to participate in this important research. Your survey responses and opinions matter to help inform the development of University programs and services.
The following information summarizes the results of the survey:
Between February 12 and February 29, 2016, 4,960 UB students were invited to participate in the sexual assault campus climate survey. Of those invited, 680 (16.65%) completed the survey with an additional 106 completing some of the survey questions:
- The majority of students responding were aware of the UB Police Department and the UB Counseling Center as places to report instances of sexual misconduct.
- The majority of students responding felt that UB would take reports of sexual misconduct seriously, handle the report fairly, maintain privacy, take steps to protect the safety and support the reporter of sexual misconduct and address factors that led to misconduct.
- At the time of the survey, the majority of students responding had taken some sort of training about sexual assault or violence.
- The majority of students responding correctly identified as “responsible employees” the UB Title IX Coordinator, any UB staff member, and regular UB faculty members.
The results of this survey will help the University in its work to keep the campus environment free of sexual discrimination. Such efforts include plans to make an effort to tailor sexual assault-related outreach and awareness activities to meet the needs of students within the individual colleges at UB, when possible and appropriate, noting that students’ needs may differ in certain colleges. UB will institute a cycle of providing students with notice about the Secure Escort and LiveSafe app to increase the number of students who have this app and to increase overall student awareness. UB will also seek additional methods to increase the response rate of campus climate surveys in the future.
To view the full report, please visit ubalt.edu/titleix
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