SUNY Sexual Violence Prevention Campus Climate Survey
The campus climate survey administered this year was intended to gather information about the rate of incidents of sexual violence and knowledge of policies and resources. By law, every SUNY campus is required to participate in this survey project. This report includes an Executive Summary that may be used for public websites or other campus publications. As per policy ‘Results will be published on the campus website providing no personally identifiable information shall be shared’ Details and recommendations are also included in this report:
Between October 3, 2016 and November 6, 2016 Westchester Community College conducted the SUNY Sexual Violence Campus Climate Survey. The Survey was administered to students, faculty and staff.
By SUNY policy this uniform survey ascertains faculty and staff awareness of policies and resources, and student experience with and knowledge of reporting and college adjudicatory processes for sexual harassment, including sexual violence and other related crimes.
Results indicate that students are generally aware of the policies and laws, and resources, including the role of the Title IX coordinator, the SUNY definition of affirm consent and the difference between the college system and penal laws. The outcomes also indicate students are generally confidence in the College’s ability to handle sexual violence incidents and its efforts to keep students safe. However, there is an indication that more outreach and follow-up is needed to inform our students.
Results also indicated that faculty and staff are generally aware of the policies and laws, and resources, including the role of the Title IX coordinator. There is an indication that more information is needed to provide up to date information to faculty and staff.
A campus committee has reviewed all results and will hold a meeting with department leadership to review specific results and to further detail recommendations based on the findings.
If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Dr. Ruben Barato, Title IX Coordinator at 914-606-6777, firstname.lastname@example.org
Perceptions of the Campus Climate
The survey asked students about several aspects of the campus climate related to sexual assault
and sexual misconduct: their expectations regarding a campus response to a report of sexual assault or
sexual misconduct; whether they had ever witnessed an incident and whether they intervened; whether
they perceive sexual assault or sexual misconduct as a problem on campus; and the likelihood that they
would be victimized.
Expected Campus Responses to Reports of Sexual Assault or Sexual Misconduct
- 65% of Westchester Community College students who responded to the survey think that campus officials would take a report of sexual assault or sexual misconduct seriously.
- 54% said that campus officials would conduct a fair investigation.
- More than half (53%) of students believe the College would take the necessary steps to protect them; provide students with the necessary support during an investigation; and take appropriate action against the perpetrators.
- More than half (58%) of all students who responded to the survey were aware of the amnesty policy for those that report incidents of sexual violence in good faith.
- Students were more likely (90%) to talk with a friend who they suspected were in an abusive relationship.
- Over 70% of students reported that they would intervene if they witness a stranger who was upset or would ask if they needed help; if a group at a party made someone uncomfortable; or if someone was making excuses for forcing someone to have sex with them.
Perceptions of Prevalence and Personal Risk of Sexual Assault
- None of survey respondents reported any incident of sexual assault or misconduct in the last year.
Knowledge of Campus Policies, Procedures and Resources
- Most of the Westchester Community College students who responded to the survey reported being knowledgeable about: where to seek help at WCC if they or a friend are victims of sexual assault or misconduct; how WCC defines affirm consent; and the College’s amnesty policy.
- A much smaller percentage felt knowledgeable about what happens when a student makes a report of sexual assault or sexual misconduct (32%).
- Just under 20% of respondents had attended a workshop, training or orientation session about sexual assault or sexual misconduct.
- Over 60% new of the available resources to them.
Prevalence of Nonconsensual Sexual Contact
The survey considered two forms of nonconsensual sexual contact: penetration (vaginal, anal or
oral; completed or attempted) and sexual touching (kissing; touching, grabbing, groping or rubbing against the other in a sexual way).
Nonconsensual Sexual Contact by Physical Force or Incapacitation
- 0% of survey respondents said they have experienced nonconsensual sexual contact as a result of physical force, threats of physical force or incapacitation since enrolling at Westchester Community College.
Prevalence of Sexual Harassment, Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Stalking
Students were asked about their experiences related to three other forms of sexual misconduct:
sexual harassment, stalking and intimate partner violence (the latter form of misconduct was asked only of students who reported they had been in a partnered relationship).
- A quarter (25%) of Westchester Community College survey respondents said they had experienced some form of sexual harassment (sexual comments, sexual slurs or demeaning jokes)
- Among students who had been in a partnered relationship, less than 10% reported experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV) since enrolling at Westchester Community College.
- No students reported being victims of stalking since entering Westchester Community College.