Despite an overwhelming majority of student voters at Stanford University having?requested a re-do of the controversial campus survey concerning sexual violence, the school has said it won\’t be doing so.
The outcomes of the annual student government elections were posted the 2009 week through the Associated Students of Stanford University, revealing an astounding 90.6% of voters supported a referendum asking the school to administer a brand new version of the survey.
\”The students have spoken, and they have spoken clearly,\” said Matthew Cohen, the student senator who spearheaded the effort to redo the survey.
The referendum, which doesn\’t hold any authority, is intended as a symbolic call by student voters. ?Inside a unanimous vote earlier in the year, the student senate chose to use the referendum to be able to handle the main topic of reissuing the survey.
However, the school has refused to put out a new survey, calling the initial attempt?\”one of the most extensive and detailed associated with a university.\” ?The college went on to state that they had no plans to reissue the survey, intending instead to use the same one again in 2018.
The school said that in fact, few people have actually objected to its use.
Despite these claims, student senator Matthew Cohen, who initialized the movement in support of instituting a new survey, asserted many students have criticized the University’s method of detailing sexual assault data.
\”While the university will continue to ignore the overwhelming support for any new survey, this campaign is not over,\” Mr. Cohen told Huffington Post. \”As a senator who had been re-elected to a second term, I\’ll continue advocating for any new campus climate survey on sexual violence.\”
Stanford put out the survey in 2015, questioning both undergraduate and graduated pupils at the school about experiences involving sexual assault that had occurred on campus and whether they trusted the college to handle any and all reports of assault.
While pending legislation in Congress would require schools to perform these surveys, numerous universities around the country have previously done so?after being pushed by activists, policy experts, and also the White House.
However, students at Stanford argue that the school didn\’t roll out laptop computer results in a highly effective manner.
According to the school, only 1.9% of participants experienced sexual assault while on campus. ?That figure not just includes both male and female students, but Tyler Kingkade for?The Huffington Post?writes that the school was utilizing a limited meaning of “sexual assault,” saying an encounter qualifies as such as?long because the victim was incapacitated or even the assailant used force or threat of violence.
Using that definition, survey results show 4.7% of undergraduate ladies and 6.6% of “gender-diverse” students have observed sexual assault while at the school.
The survey also found only 2.7% of victims were reporting attacks to campus authorities, which female students were less likely than men to believe the school to carry the perpetrator accountable, reports Rachael Revesz for The Independent.
The University is currently involved in four investigations being simultaneously carried out by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights concerning if the school is in violation of gender equality law Title IX through its handling of sexual assault reports.