Survey: 8% of Occidental College Students Sexually Assaulted

The anonymous survey was given to 630 students and the results will be discussed with students in the fall.

A sexual misconduct survey of Occidental College students revealed that 8% of them have been sexually assaulted.

Results were released by the California private school earlier this week. The respondents were roughly 630 undergraduate students, which makes up about 30% of the student body, according to the L.A. Times.

Most of the students who reported being sexually assaulted said it was by someone they knew during their first year on campus. Roughly 80% of the alleged assaulters had been drinking alcohol.

Occidental is just one of 57 colleges to participate in the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium survey, which was anonymously conducted between Feb. 16 and March 13.

The school will discuss the survey results with students in the fall according to Occidental spokesman James Tranquada. Some school officials think the survey is flawed because it did not use a random sample.

Occidental is currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education to determine if they violated Title IX in their handling of past sexual assault cases.

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