Student Survey on Sexual and Relationship Violence

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

In spring 2019, New York Institute of Technology conducted its second student survey on sexual and relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. This survey was sent to all students on our three U.S. campuses. Approximately 1,400 students (about 20% of those surveyed) responded.

The survey was intended to gather information about:

  • Student awareness of campus policies, procedures, and resources relating to these offenses.
  • Student experiences with incidents of sexual violence, relationship violence, sexual harassment, and stalking.
  • Bystander attitudes and intervention.
  • Student perception of the campus climate surrounding these issues.

Results indicate that 96% of students surveyed feel safe at New York Tech, and the overwhelming majority feel supported by faculty and staff. Students also indicated high levels of bystander intervention and willingness to express discomfort with inappropriate behaviors or comments.

The survey shows that students have a solid understanding of affirmative consent, with over 95% of students indicating an understanding of what affirmative consent means, an increase from our 2017 survey. Similarly, students indicated increased levels of satisfaction with the training they received on these topics.

When it comes to reporting, 93% of responding students believed that the school would take their report seriously, and 88% were confident that the school would administer the formal procedures fairly to address any reports of sexual violence. A large majority of students also indicated an understanding of how to make a report and where to refer a peer for support.

While these results are highly encouraging for New York Tech, the survey also highlighted those areas where we need to focus our efforts. While students who received training indicated it was beneficial, about 40% of students responded they did not receive training or could not recall if they did. In addition, about 60% of students were not familiar with the role of the Title IX Coordinator here at New York Tech.

The survey also reflected increases both in experiences of sexual and interpersonal misconduct and in the reporting of such misconduct to the school, up from our 2017 survey. We believe these increases demonstrate students’ ability to recognize, and willingness to speak up about, these incidents. We are also hopeful that the increase in reporting conveys a greater level of trust in the university and its response to a complaint. Of course with increased incidents and reporting comes a greater responsibility for New York Tech to ensure adequate prevention efforts, support for reporting students, and effective response to reports.

New York Tech will use the findings of this survey to continue improving education, prevention, support and adjudication surrounding these vital topics.

We will be conducting the next sexual and relationship violence survey in the spring of 2021.

We will be conducting the next sexual and relationship violence survey in the spring of 2021.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Cheryl Monticciolo, Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator, cmonticc@nyit.edu, 516.686.1080.

2019 RESULTS REPORT

VIEW THE SURVEY RESULTS REPORT FROM EDUCATION ADVISORY BOARD (EAB)

ADDITIONAL RESPONSES NOT INCLUDED IN MAIN REPORT

  1. Of the 9% of students who witnessed what they believed was a potential sexual assault since the fall of 2018, 89% of them intervened in some way.
  2. 15% of students had a friend or acquaintance who told them they were a victim of an unwanted sexual experience since the fall of 2018.
  3. Of the 3% of students who experienced an incident of physical abuse by an intimate partner since the fall of 2018, only 2% sought services.
  4. Of the 15% of students who felt frightened, concerned, angered, or annoyed by certain harassing or stalking behaviors, approximately 12% reported the incident to the school.
  5. Only about 40% of students know what the Title IX Coordinator does at New York Tech.
  6. 63% of students understand the differences between New York Tech policies and New York State criminal laws regarding sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.