In February 2017, Luther College students were invited to complete the Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey administered by the Higher Education Data Sharing consortium (HEDS). The online survey was completed by 594 out of 1,976 degree-seeking students, a response rate of 30.1%. Respondents included first years (24%), sophomores (26%), juniors (24%) and seniors (25%); 67% (n=397) identified as female, 32% (n=191) as male, 0% filled in another gender identity, and 1% (n=6) did not answer gender; 77% identified as heterosexual; 6% were international students, 8% US students of color, 86% white, 1% unknown race/ethnicity. Luther results were compared with undergraduate data from 75 small, private institutions who participated in the survey in the 2015-2016 or 2016-2017 academic years.
At various points during the survey, students were invited to make open-ended comments. To ensure the anonymity of our respondents, we will not release these comments. In these comments, students expressed:
Since the time that this survey was administered (spring 2017), the college has: