ERIC Number: ED464539
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-17
Reference Count: N/A
In the Shadow of the Arch: Safety and Acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Students at the University of Georgia.
Hill, Robert J.; Childers, JoEllen; Childs, Adrian P.; Cowie, Gail; Hatton, Annette; Lewis, Jamie B.; MacNair, Nancy; Oswalt, Sara; Perez, Ruperto M.; Valentine, Thomas
The Campus Climate Research Group at the University of Georgia conducted a survey to explore safety and acceptance issues for lesbian, gay, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students at the university. The findings are based on 82 questionnaires returned form 223 surveys distributed to the LGBTQ community in fall 2001. The research results indicate that the University's educational mission has yet to be fulfilled for LGBTQ respondents. Findings suggest that the University treats anti-gay behavior as an inevitable fact of life and places the blame on the gay person rather than educating those doing the harassing. Ninety percent of respondents reported hearing anti-gay remarks or jokes, and three of every four respondents knew someone who had been verbally harassed because of sexual orientation. Nearly half of respondents had experienced prejudice, and half of the respondents said they did not feel safe on campus. Undergraduates reported more incidents of anti-gay bias than did graduate students. No student reported positive experiences in regard to leadership, direction, or interventional help at the highest administrative level. Recommendations are made to improve the campus climate for LGBTQ students. These recommendations center on full implementation, publication, and enforcement of the University's antidiscrimination policy and greater responsiveness by the newly created Office of Institutional Diversity. Three appendixes contain a list of institutions that have conducted similar surveys, the University's sexual orientation nondiscrimination policy, and the survey. (Contains 3 tables and 24 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens.