Gender-Based Violence Climate Survey
December 11, 2017
To the University Community,
In the spring semester, we embarked on a Title IX climate survey around issues of gender-based violence, including sexual misconduct, dating violence, and stalking. This is an issue we take very seriously at Loyola. Especially at this point in history, we want to make sure that we are delivering effective outreach programs to prevent gender-based violence of any kind and are effectively and respectfully supporting survivors and handling reports when they occur.
As part of this University-wide conversation, we are sharing the summary of results of the Gender-Based Violence Climate Survey; we encourage the community to review and consider the information and to review the original survey instruments. Although we had very good participation from staff and faculty, we hoped for more participation from students as the limited results allow us to make only broad generalizations about the entire student body. We will look to other more targeted and brief survey approaches and focus groups in the future to learn more from our students.
As the summary indicates, strong majorities of faculty, staff, and students indicated they are happy to be at Loyola, feel a part of the community, and, most importantly, feel safe on campus.
Similar majorities of faculty and staff indicated confidence in the University’s processes for reporting, investigating, and adjudicating gender-based violence. We are also heartened that 80 to 98 percent of faculty and students feel confident in being “upstanders”—in speaking out against sexual objectification, victim blaming, sexist jokes or in confronting someone who has disclosed committing sexual harassment or violence.
However, 5 percent of faculty and 7 percent of staff reported being the personal victim of sexual harassment or assault, and slightly more than 11 percent of students reported incidents of non-consensual sexual contact. Though these figures are well below national reporting rates, and not all of these incidents occurred on our campuses, more than two-thirds of all respondents indicated that gender-based misconduct is an issue in our community.
Actions and Resources
Loyola’s Jesuit values are centered on respect for the rights and dignity of each individual. Our educational model places great importance on self-examination and informed action for justice. Even one instance of gender-based misconduct is one too many. Particularly at this time, we feel a deep commitment to engage as a community in further discussion and education about all forms of gender-based misconduct.
The survey enables us to take specific actions. Responses indicated that community members feel they receive sufficient information but not enough training and structured education around these issues. We will continue ongoing University-wide faculty and staff trainings on workplace standards, gender-based misconduct prevention, and reporting processes. We will strengthen required training programs based on information gathered in this survey.
We will also enhance and refine education and counseling programs around gender-based misconduct for our students. We will continue to review our processes and procedures for our handling of gender-based misconduct and any behavioral concerns and follow-up. We will conduct additional, more targeted surveys and focus groups to deepen our understanding of and response to these issues.
Gender-based misconduct is a serious problem in this country. Three forms of it in particular are common on almost every college campus: sexual assault, stalking, and dating/domestic violence. These types of gender-based misconduct affect hundreds of thousands of college students each year, and research indicates that as many as one in four women report unwelcome sexual contact, stalking, dating violence, or assault during college.
Everyone has a part to play in preventing and stopping violence. At Loyola, we remain deeply committed to preventing misconduct and educating students, faculty, and staff about sexual and gender violence.
We are grateful to everyone who took the time to respond to this important survey and consider these difficult issues. It is our goal to foster a safe and supportive environment dedicated to the Jesuit traditions of justice and respect for others; one where all students have equitable access to education on a safe campus and where all faculty and staff experience a secure and productive workplace. We are committed to caring for survivors and responding to incidents of gender-based misconduct in a way that honors the dignity and rights of all.
Thomas M. Kelly
Senior Vice President for Administrative Services
Title IX Coordinator