SUNY Sexual Violence Prevention Survey
Consistent with New York State Education Law 129-B and policies of the State University of New York, Purchase College participated in the 2019 University-wide Biennial SUNY Uniform Campus Climate Survey.
The survey gathered information about student and employee experience with sexual and interpersonal violence and knowledge of policies and resources. In the spring 2018 semester, 862 students and 220 employees completed the survey, for response rates of 21.8 percent and 16 percent, respectively.
In the survey, of the participants who answered that they experienced some form of sexual harassment in the prior year, 30 percent who identify as female, none who identify as male, and 35 percent who identify as gender non-binary told someone about it. However, none of the students who responded to the survey and said that they had experienced some form of sexual harassment in the prior year used the formal campus procedures to report such incidents. Of the participants who answered that they were subjected to sexual assault in the prior year, 45 percent of who identify as female, 43 percent who identify as male, and 85 percent who identify as gender non-binary students told someone about it. However, none of the students who responded to the survey and said that they were subjected to sexual assault in the prior year used the formal campus procedures to report such incidents.
Eighty-four percent of students indicated familiarity with affirmative consent, 66 percent indicated that they knew where to report, and 37 percent of students indicated they were aware of the campus Title IX Coordinator. Sixty-seven percent of students indicated awareness of the SUNY policy for alcohol and/or drug use amnesty in reporting sexual violence cases. Purchase College, working with SUNY and community colleagues (including students, faculty, and staff), will use these data to improve response to violence, develop prevention programs, and will continue to study the issue. The next Climate Survey will be administered in the spring semester of 2021. More information about the survey is available on SUNY’s website.