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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

What America Thinks: Can College Campuses Ever Be Completely Safe From Assault?

Rising numbers of sexual assault cases at colleges and universities are a universal concern, but Americans aren’t quite sure how to combat it California this week became the first state to pass a “yes means yes” bill which requires affirmative consent before sexual activity on state-funded college campuses in an effort to address the problem, but will it work? We decided to find out what America thinks.

Fewer than half of Americans think new codes of conduct for sexual activity like “Yes Means Yes” will actually reduce the problem. They’re torn over whether colleges and universities do enough themselves to provide for the safety of their students.

Just one-in-four think colleges and universities do enough to monitor the behavior of their students; for instance, most think schools should be held responsible for underage drinking in dorms and on campus. Overall, 45% say the schools are most responsible for the safety of their students on campus. 36% think students are most responsible for their own safety.

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating how a number of colleges and universities have handled sexual assault complaints and has launched a nationwide program to raise awareness about the sexual assault issue. However, just 38% even think campus sexual assault is an issue the federal government should be involved in.

Unfortunately, just 8% think college and university campuses can ever be made completely safe from violent incidents.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.