Adelphi University’s Campus Climate Survey of Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking was sent to 7,571 students with valid email addresses at the conclusion of the spring 2020 semester. Twelve percent of students responded to the survey (895 students). Seventy percent of respondents were undergraduates. Following is a summary of the results.

  1. The vast majority of the students who responded understood the role of the Title IX Coordinator: More than 90% knew the Title IX Coordinator handles cases involving sexual assault and harassment and 84% indicated that the cases of dating violence should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator. Ninety-eight percent knew that policies and procedures regarding sexual assault can be found on the University’s website.
  2. Students indicated that they knew where and to whom they could report allegations of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. They responded as follows: Public Safety (97%), Title IX coordinator (92%), Resident Assistant (RA)/ Resident Hall Director (90%), and a faculty member (88%).
  3. 97% of the students surveyed were aware of the availability of counseling services for sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking, both on and off campus.
  4. 93% of the students indicated that they had not been the victimization of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking while at Adelphi University.
    3% had been a victim of sexual assault (30 students)
    2% had been a victim of dating violence (14 students)
    4% had been a victim of stalking (36 students)

    Of the students who indicated that they had been victimized, 66% did not report this to someone at the University. Of the students who did report their victimization, they reported their case to the following:
    Public Safety: 12 students (50%)
    Faculty: 7 students (29%)
    Title IX Coordinator: 6 students (25%)
    RA/RHD: 3 students (13%)
    Other: 3 students (13%)

  5. For those who did report an incident to the University:
    83% felt they were treated with respect
    74% felt they were treated with sensitivity
    61% were apprised of available counseling services
    <8% felt they were made to feel they were at fault
  6. Of the students who did not report the incident to anyone on campus, only 2 students indicated that this was due to not knowing where to report. The remaining students stated that they did not report due to: fear (7 students), embarrassment (2 students), not wanting to get the other person in trouble (10 students), did not want anyone to know (6 students) or reported the incident to the police (1 student).
  7. 87% of the students know that reporting a case of sexual assault can lead to University sanctions and criminal proceedings.
  8. 82% of the responding students understood that a victim of campus sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking is not required to report the incident to the police.
  9. Regarding the reasons people fail to intervene to help those in danger of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, 93% feared getting involved, 84% said they didn’t know what to do and 79% indicated that they were afraid they might get hurt.
  10. 82% of students responded that they have never witnessed an incident of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking while at Adelphi University.
    2% witnessed a sexual assault
    1% witnessed domestic violence
    3% witnessed dating violence
    5% witnessed stalking
    14% indicated that they weren’t sure
  11. Most students who witnessed an incident of sexual assault indicated that they tried to help. Forty percent (24 students) stepped in to help, while 20% went for help to a University official (12 students).
  12. Almost every student who responded indicated that they understood the definition of Affirmative Consent.

Previous Campus Climate Surveys

Adelphi University’s Campus Climate Survey of Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking was administered during the spring of 2018. The survey was sent to the entire student body and 1472 students responded (19% response rate). The following is a summary of the results of the survey:
  1. The vast majority of the students who responded understood the role of the Title IX Coordinator and 97% knew that they could find the University’s sexual assault policies and procedures on the University website.
  2. The vast majority of students who responded also knew where and to whom they could report allegations of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking: 95% noted the Department of Public Safety and Transportation (Public Safety), 91% said the Title IX Coordinator, 86% said a Resident Assistant (RA) or Residence Hall Director (RHD), and 85% indicated a faculty member.
  3. 97% of the students surveyed were aware of the availability of counseling services for sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking, both on and off campus.
  4. 94% of the students surveyed responded that they had not experienced any victimization by sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking while at Adelphi University.
    3% had been a victim of sexual assault
    2% had been a victim of dating violence
    3% had been a victim of stalking
  5. Of the students who stated that they had been victimized, 67% did not report this to someone at the University and 33% did report.
  6. Of the students who did report their victimization:
    10 reported to Public Safety
    14 reported to the faculty
    13 reported to the Title IX Coordinator
    7 reported to an RA or RHD
    8 reported to others, including department chair, therapist, a peer assistant leader (PAL), their friends, the Student Counseling Center or other staff member.
  7. For those students who did report:
    78% felt they were treated with respect
    78% felt they were treated with sensitivity
    63% were apprised of available counseling services
    24% felt they were made to feel they were at fault
  8. Of the students who did not report the incident to anyone on campus, only 3% stated that this was due to not knowing where to report. The remaining students stated that they did not report due to: fear (3%), embarrassment (16%), not wanting to get the other person in trouble (18%), not wanting anyone to know (16%) or having reported the incident to the police (6%).
  9. 87% of the students knew the difference between criminal and University proceedings.
  10. 81% of the students understood that a victim of campus sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking is not required to report the incident to the police.
  11. Regarding the reasons people fail to intervene to help those in danger of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking, 92% feared getting involved and 82% said they didn’t know what to do. Other reasons mentioned were: fear of getting hurt, not knowing what to do or not understanding the situation.
  12. 83% of students have never witnessed an incident of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking while at Adelphi University.
    3% witnessed a sexual assault
    1% witnessed domestic violence
    4% witnessed dating violence
    4% witnessed stalking
    12% indicated that they weren’t sure
  13. Most students who witnessed an incident of sexual assault tried to help: 40% stepped in, while others went for help to a University official (14%) or another student (29%). Only 10% reported ignoring the situation.
  14. 99% of the responding students understood the definition of Affirmative Consent.

Adelphi University’s Campus Climate Survey of Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking was administered during the spring of 2016. The survey was sent to the entire student body and 1394 students responded (20% response rate). The following is a summary of the results of the survey:
  1. Over 90% of the students who responded understood the role of the Title IX Coordinator and over 95% knew that they could find the University’s sexual assault policies and procedures on the website.
  2. Over 98% of the students who responded knew where and to whom they could report allegations of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.
  3. Over 97% of the students surveyed were aware of the availability of counseling services for sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, both on and off campus.
  4. Over 93% of the students surveyed responded that they had not experienced any victimization of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking while at Adelphi University. 2.6% had been a victim of sexual assault; 1.2% had been a victim of domestic violence; 1.3% had been a victim of dating violence; 3.5% had been a victim of stalking.
  5. Of the students that stated they had been victimized, 73.9% had not reported this to someone at the University and 26.1% did report.
  6. Of the students who did report their victimization: 8 reported to Public Safety; 8 reported to the faculty; 8 reported to the Title IX Coordinator; 8 reported to an RA; 2 reported to a counselor; 2 reported to student affairs; 2 reported to a friend; 1 reported to the police.
  7. For those students who did report: 86.9% felt they were treated with respect; 82.6% felt they were treated with sensitivity; 78.3% were apprised of available counseling services; 26.1% felt they were made to feel they were at fault.
  8. Of the students who did not report the incident to anyone on campus, only 14.3% stated this was due to not knowing where to report. The remaining students stated they did not report due to: fear, embarrassment or not wanting to get the other person in trouble.
  9. 86-87% of the students knew the difference between criminal and University proceedings.
  10. 79.1% of the students understood that a victim of campus sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking is not required to report the incident to the police.
  11. With regard to the reason people fail to intervene to help those in danger of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, 90.9% of the responding students believed people feared getting involved. Other reasons mentioned were: fear of getting hurt, not knowing what to do or not understanding the situation.
  12. 82.6% of the students had never witnessed an incident of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking while at Adelphi University. 2.8% witnessed a sexual assault; 1.2% witnessed domestic violence; 3.0% witnessed dating violence; 4.6% witnessed stalking; 11.5% indicated that they weren’t sure.
  13. Almost 99% of the responding students understood the definition of Affirmative Consent.

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