2014 Survey Materials & Supporting Documents

In anticipation of the Justice Department's goal to legislate a requirement for colleges to conduct climate surveys on the topic of sexual violence in 2016 (White House Task Force, 2014a), we took the initiative to conduct a survey to evaluate perceptions of sexual conduct and campus safety, as well as assess the prevalence of sexual assault amongst students in 2014. We used the Federal climate survey toolkit (White House Task Force, 2014b) as our guide to develop a web-based survey that we conducted in the Fall of 2014. The purpose of the survey was to understand our campus community's perceptions of sexual violence, examine the prevalence of sexual assault and perpetration within the current study body, and evaluate the need for services, education, and support. 

  1. White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. (2014a). Not Alone: The first report of the White House Task Force to protect students from sexual assault. Office of the Vice President and the White House Council on Women and Girls. Accessed from: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/report_0.pdf 
  2. White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. (2014b). Climate Surveys: Useful Tools to help colleges and universities in their efforts to reduce and prevent sexual assault. Office of the Vice President and the White House Council on Women and Girls. Accessed from: https://www.notalone.gov/assets/ovw-climate-survey.pdf

I welcome replication or adaptation of our survey and support materials. Our goal is to be transparent and facilitate open discussion. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need additional support.  Email Jennifer Lowman, Ph.D., Student Persistence Research.

2014 Survey Questions

Survey Instrument for Distribution

Survey Instrument with mark-up to match to Federal Climate Survey

2014 Survey Implementation Materials

Methods Narrative

Survey Flowchart

Example Email Invitation

Frequently Asked Questions

2014 Outreach & Marketing Support Materials

Campus Poster

Faculty Powerpoint Slide Insert

2014 Analysis

Main Findings released on-line (available as a pdf of a Prezi presentation or as a more detailed report

2014 Dissemination

Dear Colleague, A letter on the Sexual Conduct and Campus Safety Survey Results, from Vice President of Student Services Shannon Ellis 

First Presentation of Results in Open Forum (copy of Prezi presentation)

Student Dialog Series Flyer