Bronx

Monroe College's Bronx campus is an ideal urban campus located in the bustling Fordham section.

New Rochelle

Located in downtown New Rochelle, the Monroe College New Rochelle campus is nestled in a diverse, thriving suburban community in Westchester County.

St. Lucia

The scenic Monroe College St. Lucia campus in Vide Boutielle Highway, Castries on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia combines the best of many worlds.

Queens

Monroe's Queens Extension Center is located in the heart of downtown Flushing, a vibrant and ethnically mixed district of Queens.

  • Campus Climate Assessments

    Title IX Campus Climate Executive Summary 

    May 2018  

    Introduction:

    Monroe College is committed to ensuring a positive campus climate, especially surrounding issues of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and gender discrimination on campus. As part of this important work, we anonymously surveyed the College community to better understand the perspectives and experiences of our students. The results of this survey will be used to improve our policies and services to support our students.

    The survey was administered from May 2, 2018 to May 8, 2018 and was adapted from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.

    Demographics:

    The survey was sent to all currently enrolled Monroe College students in the Bronx and New Rochelle campuses, the Queens Extension Center, and online. We received 174 responses to the survey. The majority of respondents were Bachelor’s (40.8%) and Associate (42%) students. Most of the respondents were female (74.7%) and heterosexual (72.4%), and most students fell between the ages of 18-24 (64.4%). 

    Campus Climate: 

    The results revealed that the majority of students feel valued (79.3%), safe (85.6%) and have a sense of belonging (75.7%) at the College. Students feel as though the College treats all students fairly (77%), and that the Public Safety is genuinely concerned about students’ well-being (81.2%). Most respondents agreed that Public Safety officers protect students from harm (86.5%) and treat students respectfully (91.8%). 

    Awareness on Policies and Procedures:

    Students demonstrated that they know the definition of sexual assault (96.6%), affirmative consent (81%), sexual harassment (97.7%) and gender discrimination (98.3%). More than half of students know how and where to report a sexual assault (54%), but only 23% of students know who the Title IX Coordinator is on their campus. 

    The feedback regarding policy awareness will help us improve our policy, communication tools, training's, and education regarding Title IX and Enough is Enough. Less than half of students thought that the gender discrimination (35.1%), sexual violence (40%), sexual harassment (40.2%) and sexual assault (40.8%) policies are well-communicated. To improve these findings, we created a student-friendly digital brochure to help students better understand the College’s policies and procedures, as well as their rights. Information flyers have since been placed around campus to raise student awareness of essential facts regarding Title IX and Enough is Enough. 

    The survey results revealed other areas for improvement. Specifically, there is a need for better communication on services available for victims of sexual assault, as half of respondents (51.2%) said they are unsure of available services. The College also needs to improve and expand available sexual assault education, as 40.2% of students were not sure if Monroe is doing a good job of educating students about sexual assault. 

    Bystander Intervention and Education:

    More than half of Monroe students (62.6%) would respect someone who did something to prevent a sexual assault. Most (56.3%) felt that they were aware of strategies to intervene if a situation had the potential for sexual assault. Students (60.9%) largely reported they feel empowered to intervene in a sexual assault or harassment incident if they feel safe in doing so. 

    The College is encouraged by these results, yet is working to improve them. The College has recently developed additional materials regarding bystander intervention, and added more bystander training sessions to the training schedule. 

    Although most students understand the basic Title IX and Enough is Enough definitions -- as well as how and where to report incidents -- only 43.1% of students believe the College is doing a good job educating students about sexual assault. To help ensure that more students are participating in training and education seminars, we are working with smaller cohorts (i.e. freshmen students, student-athletes, etc.). This allows us to better fit their training sessions into their schedules and partner with their coaches and advisors to help promote the sessions. 

    Victimization:

    Given the College’s overall low reporting rates, the questions surrounding victimization help us better understand if victims of sexual assault, harassment, and discrimination are reporting. Overall, 4.6% of students reported being sexually harassed, 1.2% reported being a victim of sexual assault, and 4.6% experienced gender discrimination. Among students who have been a victim, only 2.8% spoke with someone off campus regarding the incident, 1.7% spoke with local law enforcement, and 2.3% spoke with a college official. These results indicate that more training and education need to take place to make victims feel comfortable speaking to someone and reporting an incident. 

    Comparatively, 5.2% of students reported witnessing a student being sexually harassed, 1.7% reported witnessing a sexual assault, and 7.5% reported witnessing gender discrimination. Among students who witnessed an offense, approximately 3.8% reported it to a college official and 2.8% reported the incident to local law enforcement. The College will be increasing the frequency of bystander intervention training's and inviting local law enforcement experts on campus to better familiarize students to whom they can report.

    Conclusion: 

    Monroe College embraces its Title IX and Enough is Enough responsibilities and obligations, and is committed to working to prevent sexual offenses from occurring on-campus and within the local community. 

    As part of its commitment to a safe and supportive campus climate, the College recently expanded available campus resources. A psychologist joined the staff to provide counseling to victims as well as confidential resources, and the Bronx District Attorney’s Office is helping the College improve policies and procedures relating to Title IX and Enough is Enough. As well, the College added more trainings for students, faculty, and staff regarding bystander intervention, consent, and reporting. 

    Monroe College appreciates the candor of survey participants and thanks them for their feedback, which will be used to inform and improve the programs, services, and policies relating to Title IX and Enough is Enough.  

    TITLE IX CAMPUS CLIMATE SURVEY RESULTS 2017-2018 2016 ANNUAL SECURITY AND FIRE SAFETY REPORT