Harassment on College Campuses

Hollaback! recently partnered with an outside consultancy firm to take our understanding of public harassment beyond the street and on to the college campus. We collected data from 282 undergraduate, graduate and part-time college students and 44 college administrators on campuses from the urban, suburban and rural U.S. to find out how harassment exists in spaces of higher education.

We took the data collected and formed three conclusions (backed with helpful statistics) about on-campus harassment.  Here are the conclusions Hollaback! drew from our College Harassment Survey:


Students are being harassed on their college campuses

67% of students experienced harassment on campus

61% witnessed another student being harassed on college campus

and only 18% of students had not experienced or witnessed harassment on campus

Harassment is limiting student’s ability to benefit from education

46% of students said harassment caused disappointment with college experience

20% said harassment caused inability to concentrate in class

23% said harassment prevented attendance in class / social activities

Current campus systems and processes are insufficient

55% of college administrators said that current systems to report and address harassment are not sufficient

only 17% of students said that they reported harassment to a person of authority


Here are some things you can do to stand up to street harassment on college campuses:

Get in touch with your local Hollaback! site,

Read through and distribute Hollaback!’s Bystander Guide,

bring Hollaback! speakers to your campus,

or start a Hollaback! site in your community.

Have any great ideas for taking on street harassment on college campuses?  Send us an email at [email protected] and let’s talk!

With your support Hollaback! can continue to do the research and work necessary to change public attitudes around street harassment and make sure that everyone has equal access to public space.


For more information on sexual harassment on college campuses, see: Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment on Campus by AAUW.


*survey size: 282 college students and 44 college administrators throughout the US.

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