2016 Campus Experiences Survey of Sexual Assault, Dating
Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking
Sexual assault and dating violence have become important
concerns on college campuses across the country. Mount Saint Mary
College is committed to reducing sexual assault and dating violence
through programs that educate and empower our students.
As part of our commitment to promoting a safe environment for
the student body, the College administered its first campus
experience survey in November 2016 to gauge student’s perception
of, and experience with, incidents involving sexual assault, dating
violence, domestic violence, and stalking during their time at the
The survey was administered to all traditional undergraduate
students who were at least 18 years of age. Eighteen percent of
those sent the survey responded. Following is a summary of results
of the survey:
Most respondents feel safe on campus and believe that there are
fewer sexual assaults here than at other colleges:
• 77% of respondents answered that they strongly agree/agree
that “I feel safe on the campus of Mount Saint Mary College”.
• Less than 4% of respondents reported that they disagree with
the statement “I believe that the number of sexual assaults that
occur on the MSMC campus is low compared to other college
• Respondents felt the likelihood of being sexually assaulted
on-campus was less than it was if occurring off-campus.
Most of those who received preventative training found it
useful, and the majority of respondents understand affirmative
consent and the college’s alcohol/drug amnesty policy:
• 73% of respondents who reported receiving training in the
prevention of sexual assault said the training was somewhat or very
• 76% or respondents reported knowing the definition of
• 77% of respondents were aware of the College’s alcohol/drug
Title IX Awareness
Nine out of ten respondents know the role of the Title IX
• 92% of respondents knew that a role of the Title IX
Coordinator is to receive reports of sexual discrimination/sexual
One in five respondents has been subjected to violence or
• 22% of respondents identified themselves as being subjected at
least once to a form of violence or intimidation by a dating or
other intimate partner over the past year.
The vast majority of students have not experienced stalking.
• More than 92% of respondents reported they have not been a
victim of a form of stalking that made them afraid or concerned for
Unwanted Sexual Contact/ Sexual Assault
Most victims of unwanted sexual contact told someone about it,
and those that reported the incident to the College all felt that
the College responded well.
• 89% of respondents reported that during their time at MSMC
they have not experienced unwanted sexual contact. Of those that
did, 75% responded that they knew the individual.
• While 73% of the victims responded that they told someone
about the incident, only 25% reported it to the college or
• 100% of respondents who reported an incident of unwanted
sexual contact to the institution reported that College officials
helped or completely solved the incident.
Students are helping each other avoid bad situations, but need
assistance learning how to do so.
• Nearly half of the respondents who said they observed a
situation they believe could have led to a sexual assault,
intervened. The majority who did not intervene reported that they
did not know how.