University of Wyoming psychologists found that more than
one in four students – 27 percent – experienced at least one instance of sexual assault during their time at the university.
The psychologists discovered the figure through a wide-ranging survey of student experiences and perceptions. University of Wyoming professor of psychology Matt Gray, who co-wrote the
survey with graduate student Tess Kilwein, says the numbers are “not atypical.” He says they are “tragically and unacceptably high, but they aren’t atypical.”
University President Laurie Nichols says the prevalence of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape at the university depicted in the survey is “completely unacceptable,” but added the new data confirms a “hunch” she had that the university is comparable to other institutions of its size.
The University of Wyoming has a student population greater than 12,000.