- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced that it is taking several steps to address sexual assaults and other unwanted sexual behavior on campus.

The initiatives announced Monday are based in part on a survey sent to all of the university’s nearly 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students. About 35 percent of the students responded.

The survey conducted by Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart found that of those women undergraduates who responded, nearly 17 percent experienced rape or sexual assault under conditions of force, threat of physical harm, or incapacitation. That’s slightly lower than national numbers.

President L. Rafael Reif (rife) says he found the survey results “disturbing.”

Among the changes, MIT is increasing staff to respond to those who experience sexual assault, and removing barriers that may prevent people from seeking help.

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