University to Release Sexual Assault Survey

Loyola will release a gender-based violence climate survey to examine instances of sexual assault and other gender-based crimes in the Loyola community.

In a campus-wide email sent March 31, Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney wrote that a survey invitation and link would be sent to all students the week of April 3.

Students will be able to take the anonymous survey online until the end of the spring 2017 semester.

“I am asking each of you [students] to participate in this important survey. Every response gives us invaluable insight, which will help us enhance student life at Loyola University Chicago,” Rooney wrote.

Rooney stated participation in the survey is not required and students are able to skip any questions. All information gathered will be confidential, and the findings and actions the university plans to take as a follow up will be released in the fall of 2017.

Questions will ask about student experiences with gender-based violence and respondents’ views of Loyola’s resources and support for such cases.

Gender-based misconduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking.

The survey follows the fall semester’s increase in reports of gender-based violence. There were 76 reports of gender-based misconduct compared to 49 reports in the same time frame in 2015.

The survey has been in the works for months, as The Phoenix previously reported. It follows a precedent set by other Jesuit universities, including Xavier University in Cincinnati and Fordham University in New York City, which both released similar surveys in 2015.

Those surveys asked about participants’ experiences with sexual violence and awareness of university resources.

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