Sexual Conduct and Campus Safety Survey Results

“Sexual Conduct and Campus Safety Survey of 2014” Key Overview

Access the descriptive report of the main findings with summary analysis here.

2014 Main Campus Climate Findings by Topic:

2014 General campus climate & campus leadership

Students responded to statements regarding the support, responsiveness, and effectiveness of campus officials in general, in crises, or for sexual assaults in particular.

  • Students have an overall positive view of our campus climate
  • Students feel supported by campus leadership
  • Students believe campus officials take sexual assault seriously

2014 Bystander Confidence

Students were asked how likely they or their peers would choose to intervene or remain passive when they are in the role of a bystander observing a situation of problematic sexual conduct.

  • Students report very high willingness to intervene to stop or report sexual misconduct
  • Students report very high willingness to help a friend or stranger get help
  • Students report very high willingness to maintain appropriate consensual sexual contact

2014 Rape Myth Acceptance

Students were asked to agree or disagree whether problematic sexual conduct was rape. These items evaluate excuses or sources of blame for rape and are often referred to as "rape myths."

  • Students do not endorse "rape myths" overall
  • The "rape myths" endorsed most frequently (though not very strongly) reveal that students think rape accusations are sometimes "lies" to get back at someone.

2014 Bystander Readiness

Students agreed or disagreed with statements of their personal concern with violence at the University of Nevada, Reno. In addition, they indicated their current level of involvement to end sexual violence on campus and their intention to learn more about sexual violence. 

  • Few students are actively involved in efforts to deal with or end sexual violence
  • Students do not think victims will face repercussions for reporting
  • Students feel safe on campus
  • Students feel they can do something about sexual violence

2014 Victims 

Students were asked to report unwanted sexual contact between Fall 2013 and Fall 2014 and only while as a student at the University.

  • Both women (9%) and men (2%) who took the survey self-identified as victims of unwanted sexual contact
  • Roughly 80% of victims knew the perpetrator of the contact
  • 27% of victims said they were drinking prior to the incident
  • 4% of victims were given a drug involuntarily
  • 78% of women and 66% of men shared their experience with someone, but only 9% told a campus official or staff member

2014 Perpetrators

Students were asked if they had fondled or groped someone who was unwilling, or attempted or completed unwanted sexual contact by either penetration or oral sex. Perpetrators were identified if they responded yes, more than once; yes, once; or unsure.

  • Both women (1%) and men (2%) self-identified as perpetrating an unwanted sexual contact
  • 33% of perpetrators said they were drinking prior to the incident; 11% said they took advantage of an incapacitated student
  • The most frequent behavior reported was fondling or groping an unwilling student (43%); another 22% said they were "unsure" what type of behavior they had perpetrated; finally, 34% attempted or completed penetration or oral sex against an unwilling student