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#BeHeardUH! Opportunity for students to address sexual harassment and gender violence

According to one finding from the 2017 online survey of UH students on sexual harassment and gender-based violence, one out of five University of Hawaiʻi students reported experiencing dating and/or domestic violence. 

The student perspectives highlighted by this survey are critical to the university appropriately addressing sexual harassment and gender-based issues. In response to the 2017 results, increased measures were taken to provide support for victims of dating and domestic violence.

The university is now asking students to participate in a follow up online survey from January 22 to February 22, 2019. 

“To better understand our campus environments and how the university’s policies, programs and resources have affected your educational experience at UH, I urge all students to complete the survey,” said UH President David Lassner. “Your participation is critical to our efforts in continuing to create and sustain a path for your success at UH.”

Current UH students 18 years and older are eligible to take the confidential, voluntary UH Student Climate Survey on Sexual Harassment and Gender-Based Violence. An email containing a link was sent to students on January 22.

The survey takes approximately 20 minutes and will ask students about:

  • Their campus environment related to sexual harassment and gender-based violence.
  • How well students believe the UH community responds to and addresses their concerns.
  • Their awareness of resources and reporting options for those experiencing sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking and interpersonal violence (domestic and dating violence).
  • Prevalence (e.g., how widespread) and incidence (e.g., how often) of sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking and interpersonal violence on the campuses.

Those who participate are asked to encourage their fellow students to promote #BeHeardUH and take the survey as well. 

Data from the survey will also be used to inform UH about marginalized groups on the different campuses and their varying levels of risk, and will address the needs of these students.

The survey is coordinated by the UH Office of Institutional Equity and conducted by OmniTrak Group, Inc with consultant researchers, Professors Sandra L. Martin and Bonnie S. Fisher, who consulted on the Association of American Universities 2015 Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct. For more information about the survey, click here.