Safe Zone at Concord University


Why are Safe Zones important on college campuses?

In 2001, The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force conducted a nation wide study of faculty, staff, students, and administrators at US universities. Those universities who agreed to participate were some of the nations most gay friendly universities. Below are some of their findings.

Overall Statistics for LGBT Faculty, Staff, Students, and Administrators

  • 19% feared for safety because of sexual orientation or gender identity
  • 29% had their ability to work or learn interfered with because of sexual orientation or gender identity
  • 51% felt need to conceal sexual orientation or gender identity
  • 60% of those were students
  • 79% of those who carried out the harassment were students

Forms of Harassment

  • 89% derogatory remarks
  • 48% verbal threats
  • 39% anti-LGBT graffiti
  • 38% pressure to remain silent about sexual orientation or gender identity
  • 33% written harassment
  • 11% threats of physical violence
  • 10% threats of exposure of sexual orientation or gender identity
  • 10% actual physical assault

Where Harassment Occurred

Of Faculty, Staff, and Administrators

  • 57% public campus settings
  • 46% walking on campus
  • 29% campus workplace
  • 29% residence halls
  • 23% classrooms

Of Students

  • 63% public campus settings
  • 40% residence halls
  • 30% class rooms

Safe Zones at Concord can help LGBTQ students who experience harassment know where they can find understanding and support. Safe Zones will also help foster an environment in which harassment is unacceptable, so that all students can live and learn in a supportive environment. 

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