Letter from Andy Hayes on AAU Survey

Dear Campus Community,

This past academic year, the University of Missouri once again participated in the Association of American Universities’ Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct.

I want to thank our students for participating in the survey, as more than 20 percent of MU’s student body (graduate and undergraduate students) provided this valuable information.

We participated in the initial survey in 2015 and again this past year in an effort to better understand our campus climate. Using this information, we can determine which of our actions are working well and what areas need our continued attention as we work to improve the safety of our university.

While the latest results show many areas have improved since 2015 — and in several instances, we are doing better than our AAU peers — the rate of sexual assault indicated on the survey is concerning. We must redouble our efforts as a university community to recognize the signs that someone could be in danger, to engage in prevention and to respond swiftly to sexual assaults when they occur.

Some areas highlighted in the report include:

  • 92% of MU students responding to the survey were aware of specific services and resources the university provides for victims of sexual assault or other misconduct. Additionally, 71.9% of survey takers were aware of the Office for Civil Rights and Title IX, up from 58.1 percent in 2015.
  • Among incoming students responding to the survey, 94.6% completed training or attended an information session on preventing sexual assault or other misconduct. The AAU average was 89%.
  • 21.6% of MU respondents believed that sexual assault and misconduct are very problematic for the university. This is a decrease from 28.7% in 2015. The AAU average is 24.8%
  • 29.4% of survey takers who identified as transgender or gender-questioning indicated in the survey that they had experienced non-consensual sexual contact since coming to the university. The average for AAU institutions was 40.2%.

While the above numbers show progress, more than 26% of undergraduate women responding to the survey indicated that they had been sexually assaulted since coming to MU.

Following the initial survey in 2015, we reviewed the results very carefully and took immediate actions, including creating better education and prevention programs; communicating more often; and requiring every student, faculty and staff member to take training. We still have a lot of work to do.

As we did in the past, we will examine the results of this survey meticulously and determine what further actions we need to take.

I want to again thank every student who took the time to complete this latest survey. We take the results of this report very seriously and remain vigilant in our commitment to creating the safest campus possible.


Andy Hayes
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights, Title IX & ADA