In 2014 there has been several initiatives launched to address sexual assault on college campuses. Colleges and universities across the nation are exploring the best possible ways to tackle this issue.
Compared to predominately white institutions (PWIs), sexual assault cases are fairly lower at historically black colleges/universities (HBCUs), but that still does not minimize the criticism HBCUs face. According to NPR, critics not only question the survey that states HBCUs rank lower in regards to sexual assault cases, but also question whether or not HBCUs has the “resolve” to address the issue.
The largest survey to analyze sexual assault cases on HBCU campuses was conducted in 2008 by a nonprofit research group, RTI International. The group reviewed 4,000 women from four participating HBCUs and found sexual assault cases were approximately five percent lower than other college campuses — 6.2 percent versus 11 percent at PWIs.
In addition, Christopher Krebs, the survey’s lead researcher, found not only is alcohol consumption at an HBCU significantly lower, but also women who attend PWIs also consume alcohol at a lower rate than their white counterparts. Krebs believe it is not so much a “campus phenomenon as it is a race phenomenon.”
However, there are some HBCUs that are under investigation by the Department of Education—Morgan State University being one of them. In March 2012 a young woman attending the university filed a sexual assault complaint alleging she had been sexually assaulted by another student in an off-campus housing.
The school is currently looking into the matter.