Students don't know where to find key resources
Despite significant investments in sexual misconduct prevention education and awareness campaigns, many students still aren't aware of the resources available to them. They do not know how to report instances of sexual misconduct on campus—and they don't know where to find the information they need.
Students first look online to learn about their options, but many institutions lack a clear, one-stop sexual misconduct website or search function that makes key information easily accessible. A 2015 study found that 12% of institutions have no information about sexual assault on their websites and 75% of institutions have no information about sexual assault on their student affairs or counseling webpages, key places where students might look first.
Information about reporting on campus should be easily accessible and understandable for students. Online resources should make complex reporting information as clear and simple as possible, highlight updated, student-centered content, and include photos of key staff members. We have three recommendations to help your institution improve its web presence and search results.
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