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Campus Climate Survey

3. Prevalence of Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence (Dating and Domestic Violence)

Sexual Assault

The vast majority of participating students reported having no experience with sexual assault since arriving at Fordham.

  • 94.27% reported not experiencing unwanted sexual contact by force or threat while 94.15% reported they had not had any attempt of this type of unwanted behavior.
    • Of the 5.85 % of participating students who responded that this behavior happened to them, they were asked as to what types of unwanted contact occurred, participants could provide multiple responses, which were: forced touching of a sexual nature (76.74%), sexual intercourse (32.56%), sexual penetration with a finger or object (24.42%), oral sex (17.44%), anal sex (5.81%), and some did not know what happened (5.81%).
  • 94.53 % reported not experiencing unwanted sexual contact because they were unable to provide consent or stop what was happening due to being passed out, drugged, incapacitated or asleep while 96.96% never suspected this as happening to them.
    • Of the 5.47 % of participating students who responded that this behavior happened to them, they were asked as to what types of unwanted contact occurred. Participants could provide multiple responses, which were: forced touching of a sexual nature (51.02%), sexual intercourse (52.04%), sexual penetration with a finger (25.51%), oral sex (22.45%), anal sex (6.12%) and some did not know what happened (11.22%).

Intimate Partner Violence; Dating and Domestic Partner Violence

Fordham’s Sexual Misconduct Policy prohibits not only sexual assault but also prohibits dating and domestic violence, labeled together here as intimate partner violence. Students were asked to indicate whether any of the following types of behavior happened to them caused by a casual, steady, or serious dating or intimate partner while at Fordham.

  • 90.08% of participating students did not experience any form of intimate partner violence.

Of the approximate 10% who reported experiencing dating or domestic violence, below is a list of some of the highest responses (not all) as to what a participating student reported happened to them; students were permitted to select all that applied:

  • 50.69% were bit
  • 43.06% were scratched
  • 40.97% were pushed, grabbed or shoved
  • 34.03% were slapped
  • 25.00% for each of the following: were slammed or held against a wall or choked

Of those that reported any of the above, 97.04% did not seek or contact a hotline after the incident, 89.94% did not believe they were injured, and 82.35% did not seek medical attention. Those that sought medical attention, sought it off-campus.

Alcohol and / or Drugs Prior to an Incident

The University has for decades had an alcohol amnesty or “good Samaritan” policy similar to the provision promulgated in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Education Law 129-b. Students are informed through publications, orientation, and other education and training that conduct charges will not be brought against them for reporting the use of alcohol or drugs when making a report of a violation of our sexual misconduct policies or when calling for assistance because of intoxication. The information collected below is so we have a better understanding of how incidents can happen and in no way means that because a person used alcohol or drugs they caused or are to be blamed for being sexually assaulted.

Of the approximate 5% of participating students who indicated that they experienced some form of unwanted sexual contact:

  • 92.86% reported drinking alcohol just prior to the unwanted behavior;
  • 11.22% reported voluntary drug use just prior to the unwanted behavior;
  • 6.12% reported being given a drug without their knowledge or consent;
  • 20.41% did not know if they were given a drug without their knowledge;

Who Was the Other Person Involved

The students who indicated having experienced unwanted sexual behavior (approximately 5% of participating students) were asked who was involved. 67.38% indicated that the other person was a student at Fordham. The other person involved was described in many ways; below are descriptions listed the most in the responses and is not an all-inclusive list. Participants could select all that applied.

  • 37.43% were acquaintances
  • 33.69% were strangers
  • 24.60% were non-romantic friends
  • 18.19% were romantic partners (7.49% were current partners and 10.70% were ex-romantic partners)
  • 13.37% were casual or first dates

The other person involved was described as 87.70 % male, 10.16 % female with the remaining being transgender, other, and unsure of the other person’s gender.

Where did these Incidents Occur

34.98% happened on-campus with all others occurring off campus; some students were unsure where it happened. It should be noted that the University’s policy jurisdiction covers off-campus incidents.