Senator releases disturbing findings from national survey of how colleges and universities handle sexual violence

More than 40 percent of schools have not conducted a single investigation in five years,

21 percent of schools provide no training to faculty & staff, and 31 percent provide no training for students 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator and former sex crimes prosecutor Claire McCaskill today released the results of a first-of-its-kind national survey on campus sexual assaults—results McCaskill said must serve as a “wakeup call” to the nation’s institutions of higher learning. 

The massive survey of schools demonstrates a disturbing failure by many institutions to comply with the law and with best practices in how they handle sexual violence against students—failures which affect nearly every stage of the institutions’ responses to sexual violence. 

Read a copy of the report HERE. 

“If we’re going to turn the tide against sexual violence, survivors must be protected, empowered, and given the confidence that if they make the difficult choice to report a crime, they will be treated with respect and taken seriously,” McCaskill said. “This means we need institutions across the country to recognize sexual violence for what it is—a crime—and work to prevent it and effectively address it when it does occur. Unfortunately, the disturbing bottom line of this unprecedented, nationwide survey, is that many institutions continually violate the law and fail to follow best practices in how they handle sexual violence. These failures affect nearly every stage of institutions’ response to such crimes, and these results should serve as a call to action to our colleges and universities to tackle this terrible crime.” 

Among the findings in McCaskill’s survey: 

Today’s announcement of results from this rigorous survey of 440 institutions of higher education—with the schools surveyed representing institutions currently educating more than five million students across the country—will be followed in the coming weeks by the introduction of comprehensive, bipartisan legislation. As McCaskill previously announced, in order to obtain candid feedback from each school, her office will not be releasing the names of the individual institutions surveyed. 

McCaskill also recently held a series of three roundtable discussions, which convened stakeholders from across the country to focus on the Clery Act and the Campus SaVE Act, Title IX, and the Criminal Justice System & the Administrative Process. See video highlights of the previous roundtables HERE, HERE, and HERE. McCaskill is teaming up with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut to better understand how colleges and universities handle sexual assaults on campus, as they craft legislative solutions. 

Visit to learn more about McCaskill’s efforts to combat sexual violence.