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Survey shows many UK students don't report rape, violence to campus police

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- Many students at the University of Kentucky hold back from reporting violence or sexual assaults to campus authorities, according to the results of a new campus safety study released Monday.   

The information came from a mandatory student survey on campus safety. School officials believe the university is among the first in the country to take on this type of study. Many surveys only capture a sample of students, but in order to register for classes, UK students had to take a survey in the spring. The Campus Attitudes Toward Safety or CATS survey got information from more than 23,000 students.

  • 98% reported they feel safe at UK during the day, 
  • 77% of students feel safe at night
  • 94% believe UK cares about their safety
  • 90% trust the school and UK Police in managing a reported sexual assault in a fair and helpful manner

"It's exciting to see that over 90 percent of students feel safe on our campus, but then more of the nitty-gritty results show that we have work to do in relation to sexual violence, and publicizing to students the resources that we have for them," said Austin Mullen, SGA President.

The report says nearly five percent of UK students reported experiences of sexual assault. 65% of students were reluctant to report violence or sexual assaults to campus authorities. This data will help the university make improvements towards a safe and welcoming campus.

"They might change a policy, they might institute a program, and also, by doing this for 5 years, we're actually hoping the students will start to see this as their vehicle to give feedback and information to the university," said Diane Follingstad, Director of the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women.

The survey is catching the attention of other schools in the state.

"We're having a conference this Thursday to which all the public universities in Kentucky and quite a few of the privates are coming to learn information about this survey and possibly join a data consortium where we can essentially store their data, analyze their data, and essentially help them to be able to do surveys of this type," said Follingstad.

Less than two percent of students used the "prefer not to answer" option throughout the survey if they weren't comfortable taking it.

To check out more of the campus safety data, click here.

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