Insights from 2019 AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct to Help University Assess Existing Prevention Trainings and Programs; Evaluate Additional Needs

During the Spring 2019 semester, Carolina students participated in the national 2019 Association of American Universities’ (AAU) Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct. UNC-Chapel Hill was one of 33 public and private institutions to participate in the survey.

Through the survey, the AAU is seeking to help the University gain better understanding of the campus climate for sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, and stalking. The AAU also collected aggregate data on the campus climate for sexual misconduct across participating institutions. The University’s 2019 final report and 2019 data tables provided by AAU and Westat, which is the research firm hired by the AAU to administer the survey, are available. The aggregate report and data tables for all participating schools have also been made available. The AAU first conducted a similar survey in 2015.

The data reinforce what we know to be true on our campus and other campuses across the country: sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct are serious problems with a profound impact on the people who experience them. While we will continue to analyze the data for any additional areas of focus in the weeks to come, the University’s preliminary takeaways follow below. Some data in the preliminary analysis have been combined from the data provided in the tables to provide additional detail, where needed.

The University will bring together a coalition of students, faculty and staff to assess additional areas of need for prevention and develop a plan for implementation. The University will be co-hosting working sessions with students, faculty, staff and subject matter experts to inform the coalition’s work.

We need the help of every person in the campus community to change our culture to one that does not tolerate sexual assault or other forms of sexual misconduct. Explore this website for the ways that you can get involved.