Date of Award

Fall 2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Family Studies

Department

Sociology and Family Studies

First Advisor

Amber Paulk

Second Advisor

Andrea Hunt

Third Advisor

Yaschica Williams

Abstract

While several studies have clearly identified a link between sexual minority status and discrimination, harassment, and victimization on college campuses, less in known about sexual minority students and other indicators of campus climate. The goal of the current study was to examine the association between sexual minority status and students’ perceptions of their connection to the university, trust in the university to keep them safe, and confidence in sexual assault reporting system at their university. Contrary to the predictions, there was no significant difference between LGBTQ students and non-LGBTQ students in their connection to the university and trust in the university to keep students safe. However, LGBTQ students did report significantly lower confidence in the sexual assault reporting system at the university than non-LGBTQ students. The implications of the findings and recommendations for creating an inclusive campus climate are discussed.

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