University of Texas invests big money to research campus sexual assault
In response to national attention and the high-profile mishandling of rape cases, the University of Texas has announced that it will conduct a $1.7 million study on the widespread issue of campus sexual assault.
According to Huffington Post, the components of the study are:
- Starting this fall, the university will begin surveying a random sample of students at various campuses to understand the prevalence of sexual assault.
- On four campuses — El Paso, Arlington, Austin, and UT Medical Branch at Galveston — UT will use focus groups and surveys of faculty, staff, law enforcement, administrators, and students to get varying perspectives on how these crimes are reported, and what happens after they are.
The study will also examine the economic impact on survivors, as well as members of the community, the school, and taxpayers.
- The final phase will be a four-year study of a cohort of UT Austin students, including victims and non-victims, to look at how attitude, knowledge, and experience changes during their college careers.
UT hopes this historic study leads to a better understanding of the issues that interfere with reporting, improves the way campuses handle sexual assault complaints, and sheds new light on economic and societal impacts.