Today’s Chronicle of Higher Education had an unusually detailed article on the Columbia self study of student sexual behavior. For those with access to the Chronicle, see https://www.chronicle.com/article/The-Sex-Study-That-Could-Alter/242484. Various attempts to attach this here as a pdf failed. Sorry.
Aside from the politics of research which are fraught, the study is interesting both in content and also for the contrast and comments made by Elizabeth Armstrong, whose work I greatly admire. After reading this and thinking for a moment, I am amazed that anyone is surprised at what is happening. We herd together 18-21 year olds without parental supervision and with some spending money in intimate environment in which liquor and drugs are easily available and then say we are surprised when, in addition to liquor and drugs, they do “that”. Are we as foolish as we seem to be? Are we willing to change campuses to the point necessary to change this social environment? I doubt it.