In March 2015, Colgate participated in the Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium’s Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey.
This page contains descriptive language of sexual assault and other gender-based violence that may be triggering to survivors and others.
In March 2015, Colgate participated in the Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium’s Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey. We wanted to learn our students’ perceptions of Colgate’s climate for unwanted sexual contact and sexual assault, how Colgate responds to sexual assaults, and whether and how often they have experienced unwanted sexual contact or sexual assault. We are sharing the results in order to engage the campus community in informed discussion about how to address this complex and difficult issue.
This page shares a summary of the survey results, including items of highest concern (find the full data set here).
On This Page...
- Survey timing and distribution method
- Response Rate
- Summary of Findings
- Full Results
- How We Will Use Results
- Administered electronically to all students February 23, 2015 - March 16, 2015
- Responses were anonymous
- All demographic information was voluntarily self-reported; therefore, not all counts add up to total who responded.
- Women are overrepresented in the sample (70%)
- Not a random sample, so it is difficult to generalize to our undergraduate population; the purpose of the survey was rather to inform about respondents’ experiences and perceptions
- 718 students = 25.5% of Colgate students
- Benchmark: Indicates aggregate average of responses; 21,403 respondents from 54 private four-year institutions
- Response rate at Colgate is comparable to that of benchmark institutions
Class year breakdown
|Two or more races||4.2%
|Not a US citizen or permanent resident||5.6%
Sexual orientation breakdown
These findings are a summary of the survey results, including items of highest concern.
Views on General Climate at Colgate
Students “strongly agree” or “agree” with the following
|Faculty, staff, and administrators at Colgate are genuinely concerned about students’ welfare||83.0%
|Students at Colgate are genuinely concerned about the welfare of other students.||56.1%
|I feel safe on this campus.||84%
Views on Sexual Assault at Colgate
Students “strongly agree” or “agree” that the number of sexual assaults [at Colgate] is low
Information and Education
Students received information or education from Colgate on...
|What sexual assault is and how to recognize it||89.3%
|How to report an incident of sexual assault||81.2%
|Procedures for investigating a sexual assault||62.6%
|Actions you can take to help prevent sexual assault||83.8%
Unwanted Sexual Contact
Unwanted sexual contact, defined:
Such as someone making sexual comments about your body; someone making unwelcome sexual advances, propositions, or suggestions to you; or someone telling you sexually offensive jokes or kidding about your sex or gender-specific traits.
Such as sending you sexual emails, texts, or pictures; posting sexual comments about you on blogs or social media; showing you sexually offensive pictures or objects; leering at you or making lewd gestures towards you; or touching oneself sexually in front of you.
Such as someone briefly groping you, rubbing sexually against you, pinching you, or engaging in any other brief inappropriate or unwelcome touching of your body.
How often have you experienced the following forms of unwanted sexual contact while you were [at Colgate]?
|Verbal behaviors||At least once||71.5%
|Nonverbal behaviors||At least once||32.3%
|Brief physical contact||At least once||63.2%
Have you been sexually assaulted* [at Colgate]?
(85 Respondents; 80 Women)
|Suspect I was, but not certain||5.6%
(40 Respondents; 36 Women)
*Sexual assault includes touching of a sexual nature, oral sex, vaginal sex, anal sex, anal or vaginal penetration with a body part other than a penis or tongue, or by an object, like a bottle or candle.
The following questions were only answered by 85 respondents that answered “yes” to “Since starting at Colgate, have you been sexually assaulted while you were on campus or while you were off campus during an event or program sponsored by Colgate?”
Acts During Sexual Assault
When you were sexually assaulted, which of the following happened? (Check all that apply)
|Touching of a sexual nature||95.2%
|Anal or vaginal penetration by body part other than penis, or tongue, or by an object||7.1%
This incident of sexual assault involved...
|[Threat of] physical force, or using coercion/intimidation||31.7%
|[Use of] physical force against you||58.8%
|Other people drinking alcohol||94.0%
|Other people using drugs||22.0%
|Your drinking alcohol||89.2%
When in your academic career did the sexual assault occur?
|Summer, but on campus or at Colgate event||6.0%
Location of sexual assault
|Off-campus (but not at another college or university)||15.7%
Relationship to Assailant
Relationship to people who sexually assaulted you (check all that apply)
|Casual date or hookup||27.4%
|Current romantic partner||2.4%
This page shares a summary of the survey results, including items of highest concern. The full set of survey results is also available on the institutional planning and research survey page.
These findings are serious and troubling. They are not just numbers, but the voices of our students. We are actively working to educate students and prevent sexual assault in our community. But while Colgate has supported a number of programs to confront these problems, there is still much more to be done.
- Online sexual violence prevention training is mandatory for new students, all student leaders, and student-athletes
- Led successful effort to establish Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) coverage for Hamilton