In Response to: 'Heartbreaking'

The article concerning inappropriate sexual conduct evokes strong sadness and concern in me. I am also profoundly worried about the report methodology. Forty-eight percent of the students did not respond to this important survey, and I can find no indication that the survey scientists took steps to understand the reasons for this noncompliance. 

Who were these students who did not take the survey? Were they the most traumatized or were they the least affected? Are the PAW and online reports representative or an under- or over-estimate of the problem, or are these reports otherwise seriously skewed by incomplete reporting? 

Good data-gathering is essential for good policy. The presently reported data sets are not properly gathered or analyzed: They are not sufficient. This reflects poorly on the University and its competence to address sexual abuse on campus.

Richard A. Albanese ’62
San Antonio, Texas