On behalf of the Association of American Universities, I’m pleased to share the AAU Campus Activities Report: Combating Sexual Assault and Misconduct. This report follows up on the landmark survey AAU conducted among more than 150,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 2015 regarding the prevalence of sexual assault and misconduct on campuses and on student attitudes about these issues.
This new report provides an extraordinary amount of data as well as dozens of concrete examples of the ways our universities are working to improve efforts to reduce the incidence of sexual misconduct and to address its consequences.
AAU comprises 62 distinguished institutions that continually advance society through education, research, and discovery. Part of AAU’s mission is to help our universities enhance undergraduate and graduate education. It is in that spirit that we conducted the 2015 survey to help universities understand the extent of the problem on their campuses, and this new survey to share examples of how institutions are addressing the many aspects of this complex societal challenge.
Our 2015 survey was sobering. University leaders understand the seriousness of this issue. While the report is not exhaustive, we hope the case studies and resources in this report will be useful not only to AAU universities but to all colleges and universities as we work to reduce sexual assault and misconduct on our campuses.
Mary Sue Coleman, President, Association of American Universities
Education & Training: Cornell University
Education & Training: University of Maryland
Education & Training: Rutgers University
Student Support: University of California System
Student Support: Carnegie Mellon University
Student Support: University of Colorado Boulder
Student Support: Rice University
Developing a Campus Ecosystem: Michigan State University
Resources: University of Kansas
Resources: University of Missouri, Columbia
Resources: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Measuring Change: University of Iowa
Figures and Charts
- Surveys, Figure 1: Which survey has been administered on your campus?
- Surveys, Figure 2: In the last three academic years, what kind of survey have you administered?
- Surveys, Figure 3: Most recent survey administration by survey type?
- Surveys, Figure 4: Frequency of administration: Climate and prevalence surveys
- Measuring Change, Figure 1: How recently has your campus collected prevalence data via local or multi-campus surveys?
- Measuring Change, Figure 2: How recently has your campus collected climate data via local or multi-campus surveys?
- Ecosystem, Figure 1: How recently has your campus conducted additional studies to address concerns raised by survey results?
- Ecosystem, Figure 2: How frequently does your campus plan to conduct additional studies to address concerns raised by survey results?
- Resources, Figure 1: Over the last three academic years, has your institution increased resources devoted to issues of sexual assault and misconduct on campus?