Many institutions of higher education are failing at addressing sexual assaults on their campuses, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said today as she released a new report on how colleges and universities are responding to sexual assault cases.
“This survey shows that there are way too many schools that are failing and just about every institution in the country has room for improvement,” McCaskill said at a news conference Wednesday.
Here are some of the most alarming figures from the report:
41% of institutions did not conduct a single investigation of campus sexual assault in the past five years
43% of the nation’s largest public schools allow students to help adjudicate sexual assault cases
22% of institutions permit athletic departments to have oversight of sexual assault cases involving athletes
21% of institutions do not provide sexual assault response training to their faculty and staff
31% of schools do not provide any type of sexual assault training for their students
33% of schools did not provide basic sexual assault training to the people who adjudicate claims of sexual assault
30% of law enforcement officials at the institutions received no training on responding to reports of sexual violence
Only 16% of schools conduct climate surveys of students to assess sexual assaults on college campuses
The findings come from a survey of a national sample of 350 institutions of higher education, which were granted anonymity in order to receive the most candid information.