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Sexual Violence Prevention Survey Results

 

During April 2017, Stony Brook University conducted the SUNY Sexual Violence Prevention Survey to comply with New York State Education Law 129-B, which requires public universities to survey students, faculty and staff about a variety of issues related to the prevention of sexual violence. 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.

Launched on 4/10/17, the Student version of the survey was sent to a systematically drawn non-replacement sample of one-third of the entire student population. The faculty and staff version of the survey was also sent to a systematically drawn non-replacement sample of one-third of the university employee population. The survey administrations yielded an 8% response rate for students and a 22% response rate for employees, with an average 73% item-response rate.

Results indicated that students, faculty, and staff are well aware of the policies and laws, and resources. There are also findings to suggest that still more information, outreach and follow-up is needed to provide up to date access and resources to students, faculty, and staff.  

Summary Findings

 

Faculty and Staff

  • More than 98% of faculty and staff remember on-campus and community resources related to sexual assault.
  • More than 9 in 10 faculty and staff indicated they would be likely to get help for and provide resources to a student victim of sexual violence.
  • More than 94% of faculty and staff members could identify at least one office to which a formal report of sexual assault can be made.
  • More than 9 in 10 faculty and staff indicated they were aware of policies and procedures at the University addressing sexual assault.
  • More than 8 in 10 faculty and staff were aware of SUNY’s affirmative consent definition.
  • Fewer than 4 in 10 faculty and staff were aware of SUNY’s Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) amnesty policy.

 

Students

  • Nearly 95% of students were able to identify on-campus and community resources related to sexual assault.
  • More than 9 in 10 students were aware that consent cannot be given by someone who is incapacitated.
  • Almost 9 in 10 students indicated they were aware of policies and procedures at the University addressing sexual assault.
  • More than 8 in 10 students stated they knew how to report an incident of sexual violence to the University.
  • More than 8 in 10 students were aware of SUNY’s affirmative consent definition.
  • Fewer than 2 in 3 students were aware of SUNY’s AOD amnesty policy.

A campus committee has reviewed all results and will hold a meeting with various University leadership to review specific results and to further detail recommendations based on the findings.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Stony Brook’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (website:   https://www.stonybrook.edu/oide/, email:   OIDE@stonybrook.edu).

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