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BOULDER, Colo. — According to a new sexual misconduct survey conducted by CU Boulder of its students, over 1 in every 4 undergraduate female students at CU Boulder has been sexually assaulted.

28 percent of female undergraduates at the University of Colorado Boulder reported in a recent survey that they were sexually assaulted during college.

The data was released as part of a survey conducted in fall last year. 41 percent of students — 13,009 to be exact — took the survey, with the following results:

  • 28 percent of undergraduate women and 6 percent of reported being sexually assaulted while in college
  • 15 percent of all students reported being sexually assaulted while in college
    • Of those students who reporting having been sexual assaulted:
      50% reported experiencing one assault, 27% two assaults, 12% three assaults, and 10% four or more incidents.
  • 28 percent of undergraduate women and 9 percent of men reported being sexually harassed
  • 10 percent of undergraduate women and 3 percent of men reported being stalked
  • 14 percent of undergraduate women and 7 percent of men reported experiencing intimate partner abuse

Sexual assault as defined for the purposes of the survey included rape, unwanted touching and sexual exposure.

Philip DiStefano, Chancellor of CU-Boulder, addressed the findings in a YouTube announcement shared on the school’s website.

“I have been a member of this campus community for 42 years,” DiStefano said. “Among changes I’ve seen, most disturbing are the rise of sexual assault and the struggles universities have had in addressing it… We must ensure this is a safe campus for all of our students.”

The survey ran from Oct. 19 to Nov. 16 and invited all CU Boulder students to participate. Participants were given a $5 “campus cash” incentive for filling out the survey.

CU Boulder officials say the results will be used to expand existing and develop new prevention programs, educational outreach initiatives, and investigation processes and policies to foster and maintain a safe and nondiscriminatory environment on-campus.

More details on the sexual misconduct survey can be found on CU Boulder’s website.