Environmental Scan of Sexual Assault Resources and Supports at Canadian Universities

Prepared by: Kirby Brigden & Elizabeth Quinlan
August 2016

• The scan rates universities in each of the MacLean’s 3 categories for their resources and supports for sexual assault prevention and response via a scoping of universities’ websites.
• The chart below ranks the 12 English-speaking Medical/Doctoral universities, 14 English-speaking Comprehensive universities, and 18 Primarily Undergraduate universities according to ratings of their policies, supports, services, incident reporting, information on webpage, and educational resources (rating legend below).

• Results
o Highest rated: UBC; Lowest rated: UNBC.
o Median score within category:
♣ Medical Doctoral = 80.5%;
♣ Comprehensive = 70.5%;
♣ Primarily Undergraduate = 62%.
o The Medical Doctoral category has more consistent ratings in comparison to those in the other two categories, as seen by the following range of scores in each of the categories:
♣ Medical/Doctoral (91 – 54) = 37;
♣ Comprehensive (91 – 50) = 41;
♣ Primarily Undergraduate (83 – 29) = 51;
o University of Saskatchewan, Brock University, and Trent University rank comparably in their respective categories.
o The Medical/Doctoral universities have a higher median rating compared to Comprehensive universities, which in turn have a higher median rating than the Primarily Undergraduate universities. The descending order of scan’s ratings by category corresponds to the size of the institutions, with the Medical/Doctoral the largest (averaging 26,448 full-time undergraduate students), followed by the average size of institution in the Comprehensive category (18,047) then the Primarily Undergraduate category (4,230). We might well speculate that institutional budgets dedicated to student resources and supports are ordered accordingly, which would readily account, at least in part, for the higher ratings by students’ at the larger institutions.