The negative consequences of ragging have come to light in a study conducted by the University Grants Commission with the backing of the UNICEF.
According to its results, 16.6 percent of the surveyed university students had faced sexual harassment, while 23.8 percent had been subjected to physical abuse, with 1.5 percent forced into sex.
Over 51 percent had undergone verbal harassment, while 34.3 percent had faced psychological violence.
All these are a result of ragging, a statement from UNICEF Sri Lanka said.
The study had focused on the prevalence of ragging and sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) in state universities.
UGC Chairman Prof Sampath Amaratunge said the findings pave the way to develop interventions that can mitigate ragging and SGBV in state universities and promote diversity and inclusion to ensure quality of education and well-being of all members in state university communities.
The UGC has put in place additional regulations aimed at preventing harassment of the students by their seniors, he added.