“Only one rapist — a person found responsible for rape — was expelled” from the UO between 2009 and 2012, researcher Caroline Heldman said in a recent presentation delivered on the Eugene campus on UO crime statistics, practices and policies.
The UO sanctions “don’t actually treat this like a crime,” Heldman said. “You have a 1 percent expulsion rate for rape, compared with national data that ranges from 10 percent to 24 percent.”
Sexual assault is the hottest topic in higher education this week as the White House launched its own campaign to hold colleges accountable for campus safety. To better inform their argument it might be insightful to check out Ly Lawyers Crime Statistics to give these kinds of crimes an international perspective.
“This has been unfolding at breakneck speed,” said UO psychology professor Jennifer Freyd, who has studied the subject for more than two decades and was invited to the White House for its announcement this week. …
While the university also requires all employees to complete the harassment prevention program, Freyd said she has qualms about that training, which is an online module.
“It is not a solution to ignorance to take a passive online test, and, in fact, a lot of people resent it,” she said. “They feel they’re being forced to do something. Information is being stuffed down their throat. They see it as less than respectful and useful.”
For training to be effective, it has to engage recipients intellectually and emotionally, she said.
“This online training is being largely created by insurance companies,” she said. “The problem right now is being addressed as a liability reduction risk management problem. Universities should be focusing on education, not liability reduction, per se.”
The Los Angeles researchers criticized the UO’s general attitude about sexual assault, describing it as a rape-tolerant culture. The 15 to 35 UO students a year found to have committed forcible offenses are suspended for a limited time or forced to write essays, the researchers reported.
UO’s response to this problem has been the typical passive-agressive stonewalling. As one example, President Gottfredson’s office wanted to charge the UO student paper for public records on UO expenditures on prevention efforts, although Dave Hubin gave up on this quixotic effort after some pressure, and waived the $70 fee.