Sexual harassment survey coming to an inbox near you

Sexual harassment is an issue on college campuses across the nation that often goes unreported for reasons such as the victimâÄôs unnecessary shame and hesitance in coming forward. Another probable reason for underreporting sexual harassment is confusion and lack of knowledge regarding what constitutes sexual harassment and the subsequent available resources to those who experience the crime. No mass study has been conducted across Minnesota college campuses measuring sexual harassment and assault, but fortunately next year will offer an opportunity for statewide administrations and policy makers to assess the sexual experiences of students in Minnesota. The Minnesota Public Interest Research Group, in sponsorship with the Aurora Center, has written a short study which will be distributed to a random sampling of the student populations of various colleges across the state. The Minnesota Sexual Experiences Study will assess the prevalence as well as perceptions regarding sexual assault and harassment. The results of this study have the potential to open the eyes of thousands of people who for so long have put these subjects of concern on the back burner. Finally, the results will also be critical in developing campus initiatives and other public policy responses to address concerns highlighted in the studyâÄôs analysis and recommendations. Look for this survey in the following months in your University e-mail inbox. Taylor Schultz and Jon Schrober Daily readers