About the Map
The Campus accountability map
Over the past few years, survivors of campus sexual violence across the country have banded together like never before to support one another, and to shift our culture to one of safety and respect. But whether it’s redefining consent or pressuring schools to conduct annual campus climate surveys, this new generation of advocates knows that transparency is the key to creating meaningful, long-term change.
That’s why we created the Campus Accountability Map, a project to empower students and inform communities. We’ve already seen the power of transparency in action — just in the past five years, survivors have begun to break the silence about institutional cover-ups and hold their institutions accountable under Title IX, spurring institutions to change their ways or risk scrutiny in the public eye. End Rape on Campus is proud to be leading this movement alongside survivors, advocacy organizations, and our indispensable allies.
Click here to learn more about why we need this map and the parameters we used to create school summaries.
So, why do we need this map?
The Campus Accountability Map allows users to view in-depth information on each institution’s sexual assault investigation policies, prevention efforts, and available survivor support resources as well as high-level statistics on definitions, trainings, sanctions and investigations. The map also allows users to compare these metrics between schools and gain a better understanding of what policies look like across the nation through a user-friendly interface.
This map is not intended solely as a resource for survivors in search of resources. Our hope is that incoming and prospective college students and their parents will use this map to compare their top school choices, and that we as a culture can make how a campus responds to sexual violence a critical factor in the college decision process. We believe that prospective students and families will learn far more from this map than from an information session where administrators say "we take this issue very seriously” — the map intends to show just how seriously schools take this issue.
Alumni and current students can use this map when demanding their schools make a change, pointing to neighboring institutions and their successes. Policymakers and other experts can use this map to show our legislative bodies that changes like affirmative consent policies are necessary, and identify institutions that need to make changes faster.
All of our communities can better support survivors and hold institutions accountable when given the proper information and tools to do so. Launching the first iteration of the map, and crowd-sourcing information about additional schools, is a critical step in what we hope will be a new direction for our nation’s campuses and communities.
Our Funders & Supporters
We are so grateful to our generous funders for making sure the Campus Accountability Map is able to come to fruition. We are thankful to CHIMEHACK for encouraging and ensuring the funding to bring this project to light, and especially grateful for the incredible generosity of Kering Foundation and It’s On Us, who funded the project, in addition to a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
Many, many thanks to the ideas and hard work of the following people:
Andrea Pino and Sofie Karasek, for planting the seed idea that grew into the map we are releasing today.
Bronwen Wade, our administrative fellow who was responsible for the bulk of the Phase I research and development of the map.
Christina Franzino, Faith Ferber, Tessa Ormenyi, Shanta Katipamula, and EROC staff members Anna V. Ellement, Colleen Daly, and Christine Fei, who contributed so much of their time and energy to this project.
Incredible volunteers from Howard University, the Stanford in Washington program, and so many others who helped fact-check information included in this map.
We are also so grateful to Hunter Hammonds and Devin Soule at Everest Design and Josh Holat for their graphic and technical support. This map is beautiful and easy to use thanks to them.
End Rape On Campus staff, fellows, and volunteers used the below parameters to collect the information for each school included in the Campus Accountability Map. We do our best to periodically ensure that the information is up to date and accurate. However, we urge any students looking for information on filing a report or accessing school resources to cross-reference the map with the most up-to-date information on the university’s website.
If any of the information included in the Campus Accountability Map is out of date, please send us an error report. If you’d like to help collect data for additional schools or update existing summaries, please contact us here.
Disclaimer: The information included in the Campus Accountability Map are what each school publicizes as its practices, procedures, and resources. We understand that unfortunately, too often, colleges and universities do not abide by their own written policies, and that without transparency — usually in the form of public attention or through campus climate surveys — the stories of survivors go unheard. We would like to affirm the experiences of survivors who may have had negative experiences with this school, even if aspects of its policy meet our standards, and reiterate that schools must be transparent and open to public accountability if they are truly committed to ending sexual assault on their campuses.
Under the Clery Act, rape is defined as “the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
The number of reported rapes listed here are what the college or university disclosed in 2015 in compliance with the Clery Act, including both undergraduate and graduate student populations. However, sometimes these statistics can be misleading and caution should be exercised when comparing between schools. A low number of reported rapes may not indicate a true lower incidence of sexual assault, but could be indicative of limited survivor support resources or even administrators discouraging reports. An increase in reported rapes often implies that students are more comfortable reporting to the university and know their resources.
Under the Clery Act, fondling is defined as “the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age and/or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.”
The number of reported fondlings listed here are what the college or university disclosed in 2015 in compliance with the Clery Act, including both undergraduate and graduate student populations. A low number of reported fondlings may not indicate a true lower incidence of sexual assault, but could be indicative of limited survivor support resources or even administrators discouraging reports. An increased number of reported fondlings often implies that students are more comfortable reporting their rape to the university and know their resources.
Title IX Investigation
In the past five years, filing Title IX complaints against institutions to the U.S. Department of Education has developed into an important mechanism for survivors to pressure their universities to change. However, please note that being under investigation doesn’t necessarily mean that that school is less safe than any other institution — in fact, being under investigation could indicate that more students are aware of their rights under Title IX.
The information included in this part of the map is sourced from the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Title IX: Tracking Campus Sexual Assault Investigations tool.
EROC believes that a school’s Title IX policies and procedures should be easily accessible and comprehensible. Difficulty seeking information and resources after experiencing an assault can add onto the already immense burden of dealing with trauma. When possible, EROC’s researchers noted the number of hours they spent searching and compiling these policies.
We compiled this information to make it more accessible -- but the necessity of doing so should in and of itself raise questions about accessibility and transparency of this information. Survivors who have just experienced trauma should not have to spend hours looking online just to find the resources available to them. End Rape on Campus will gladly work with any school looking to find ways to make this information more accessible to students.
In-Person Sexual Assault Training Required
Any sexual assault prevention training that is university sponsored and required for all students qualifies under this category. Self-defense trainings, which often put the onus on victims to fight back, do not qualify. We prioritized in-person training because the research shows that students are much more likely to retain knowledge and engage if they are held in small group, in-person discussions compared to online click-throughs.
Inclusive Definition of Sexual Assault
A school’s definition of sexual assault is counted as inclusive if it includes acts other than penetration and assaults other than those perpetrated by cisgender men on cisgender women.
Comprehensive Definition of Affirmative Consent that matches EROC’s definition?
EROC has five requirements for a comprehensive definition of affirmative consent that require stating the following:
consent is a voluntary, affirmative, conscious, agreement;
consent can be revoked at any time;
a previous relationship does not constitute consent;
coercion or the threat of force cannot be used to establish consent;
a person who is incapacitated by drugs or alcohol, or is either not awake or fully awake, is incapable of giving consent.
Sanctions Data Made Public
This metric refers to schools who publish aggregate data on the number of cases, investigations, and sanctions.This does not refer to whether a school publicizes information about individual cases but rather overall numbers of findings and sanctions in a given time frame. Crime statistics indicated in an annual security report that do not include information on investigative outcomes do not qualify.
A summary of the college or university’s definitions and policies of consent, sexual assault and retaliation as well as information about sexual assault prevention trainings that are offered. EROC recommends in-person trainings that include bystander intervention.
A summary of how the college or university investigates claims of sexual assault, decides on findings of responsibility and sanctions, evaluates appeals, trains investigators, publishes sanctions data, and whether they prohibit mediation as EROC recommends.
A summary of the college or university’s resources provided to survivors of sexual assault, including accommodations, sexual assault centers, medical services, and trauma informed training for police officers.
Links to the webpages from which EROC staff, fellows, and volunteers gathered this data.