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Campus Climate Survey

4. Knowledge of Reporting Procedures and Available Support Services and Resources, Prevalence of Reporting on Students’ Experiences (identifying when students reported and the reasons why students did not report)

The University provides resources and support to students who encounter sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, and stalking no matter where or when an incident occurs. We provide the same support and resources to any student even if the person who caused such harm is not someone within our community nor can be held responsible through our University’s policies.

  • Overall, participating students indicated they knew where to go for help if they or a friend were sexually assaulted (72.88%) and were familiar with available resources both on and off-campus, such as health and academic assistance for those involved in a reported incident (74.26%).
  • When asked for similar information, 65.41% of participants indicated they were familiar as to where to report sexual misconduct (instances both on and off-campus), including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. 62.98% were familiar with where to confidentially report these types of instances.

Who Did Students Tell of the Unwanted Sexual Misconduct

Of those who experienced unwanted sexual misconduct, 9.68% did not tell anyone as to what happened to them. Others shared with a range of different people. Below is the list of the top responses; it is not an exhaustive list, and participants could select all that applied.

  • 87.63% told at least one person with whom they were close: a close friend who was not a roommate (79.57%), their roommate (41.40%), a parent or guardian (15.05%), another family member (6.45%), or a romantic partner who was not involved in the incident (19.35%).
  • 14.52% told a member of the University community: counselor on-campus (9.14%), faculty or staff (4.30%), residence hall staff (4.84%), public safety (3.76%), campus ministry (0.54%).
  • 9.14% told an off-campus service provider or the police: counselor off-campus (7.53%), police (1.61%).

It is not surprising that the great majority of victims report telling a friend or roommate, again confirming the importance of education for all students on resources and reporting at the University.

Reported Using the University’s Procedures and Satisfaction with Using the Process:

Of the participating students who had experienced sexual assault or other form of sexual misconduct while at Fordham:

  • 8.33% responded that they used the University’s procedures to report an incident.
  • Of those who used the procedures, 50% did not believe the process helped them at all while the other 50 % felt it helped them in some way (21.43% reported it helped a little, 14.29% thought it helped, but could have helped more, and 14.29% said it helped a lot). No one indicated that it completely solved the problem.

Why Students Did Not Report What Happened:

The participating students who reported experiencing sexual misconduct and did not reported it to anyone were asked why they had not reported their experience. Participants were permitted to choose multiple reasons and all that applied. Below is a list of students’ top responses and is not an all-inclusive list:

  • 64.71 % wanted to handle it on their own
  • Many participating students had doubts as to the “seriousness” or “importance” of what happened or reporting; 47.06% did not think that what happened to them was serious enough to talk about, 35.29% did not think others would think it was serious, 23.53% did not think others would think it was important.
  • 29.41% wanted to forget it happened
  • 17.65% believed each of the following: thought people would try to tell them what to do, felt ashamed or embarrassed, or did not want the other person to get in trouble.