Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Misconduct

USU's second sexual misconduct student survey shows increases in the number of students who knew how to report sexual misconduct and access confidential resources. During April 2019, one-quarter of all USU students, including 33% of students in Logan, participated in the survey during a three-week period.

While the 2019 survey addressed all of the sexual misconduct issues contained in the first survey, new questions were added about sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination and harassment. The questions about nonconsensual sexual contact were also broken further into two types: sexual touching and penetration. The recent data show a number of improvements since the 2017 survey.

Key Findings

  1. The number of students who knew how to report sexual misconduct to the university increased by 16%.
  2. The number of students who were aware of USU's confidential resources went up by 10% for SAAVI and 13% for CAPS.
  3. There was a 9% increase in the number of students who agreed that USU officials handle concerning incidents in a fair and responsible manner.
  4. The number of students who said they reported nonconsensual sexual contact to the university increased from 5% in 2017 to 9-11% in 2019.
  5. The number of students who thought it likely their peers would support others who confronted harmful or problematic behavior increased by 15% since 2017.

USU Initiatives Since the 2017 Survey

Over the last two years, USU has invested significant resources into the prevention of and response to sexual misconduct.

  • USU implemented a “hard mandate” in fall 2017 for all new students to complete an online sexual assault prevention course before the end of their first semester.
  • A total of 6,862 individuals have been trained in the Upstanding Bystander Intervention program since the university launched it in fall 2017.
  • Title IX oversight overhauled with four new staff positions added in the last year alone.
  • $100,000-plus invested in adding more than 50 new video cameras in campus locations deemed potentially vulnerable.
  • USU created a Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Advisory Committee to gain more input from both within the university and from outside experts.
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life system overhauled to improve student safety and accountability.
  • SAAVI office (advocacy/counseling) moved under the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology and two new positions added.
  • Numerous social marketing campaigns launched to educate the community about consent, bystander intervention, safe dating and responding to victim disclosures.