Carnegie Mellon University

Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Study

Carnegie Mellon is committed to fostering a culture that ensures that all members of our community learn, work and live in an environment free from the threat and effects of sexual harassment and sexual violence.  In order to better understand and assess the student climate and culture, the University designed and rolled out its first Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence (SARV) Study to all Pittsburgh based students in spring 2015. A full report of the findings from this study are available below. The university re-administered the SARV in the fall 2017 semester. We anticipated making the findings of the SARV 2017 study available during the spring 2018 semester.

Findings from the 2015 SARV Study [PDF]

How Can I Report Sexual and Relationship Violence?

The University is dedicated to responding swiftly and effectively to all reports of sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking and sexual harassment.  We encourage members of our community have been impacted to report their concerns to the Office of Title IX Initiatives by simply calling 412-268-7125 or emailing tix@cmu.edu

What is the University Doing to Prevent Sexual Misconduct?

The University is also committed to reducing the incidence of sexual and relationship violence through awareness, education, and safety measures.  We have detailed our priorities for the coming year in prior campus communications

The results of the 2015 SARV Study suggest the need for, and have strengthened our resolve to: (1) increase awareness about healthy relationships and red flags for relationship violence; (2) assist our community members in identifying signs of relationship and sexual violence and empowering them to intervene as active bystanders to help address or prevent such violence; and (3) better inform our community members about how to report and how the University responds to such reports through infographics and other means. 

How Can I Learn More?

If you have questions, please contact tix@cmu.edu. We would be more than happy to talk with individuals or groups about the findings and the actions that we have taken given what we learned from the study.

Findings from the 2015 SARV Study [PDF]