Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence
A campus climate survey on sexual misconduct and relationship violence will be available February 5 through March 10. Ensuring a safe and healthy campus climate for all members of the university community is Ohio State’s top priority. Students are encouraged to complete the survey as information collected will allow the university to inform and further enhance Buckeyes ACT, Ohio State’s comprehensive plan to combat sexual misconduct and relationship violence. Participation is voluntary, and once the survey is submitted, responses are completely anonymous. Results will be released in the fall.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence?
Ensuring a safe and healthy campus climate is Ohio State’s top priority. As part of Buckeyes ACT, Ohio State’s comprehensive plan to combat sexual misconduct and relationship violence, Ohio State is administering its third Campus Climate Survey in February 2017. The survey will be available to all students age 18 or older from Feb. 5 through March 10 and is anonymous and voluntary, though we do encourage broad participation. Students can access the survey via go.osu.edu/climatesurvey. Information collected through the survey will allow Ohio State to enhance policies, programs, support and services.
Why me and what is this about?
We are asking all students at Ohio State to answer a climate survey on sexual misconduct and relationship violence. The results will be used to guide policies to encourage a healthy, safe and nondiscriminatory environment on campus. Our goal is to make Ohio State as safe as possible by developing programs and services that minimize sexual assault, sexual misconduct and relationship violence, as well as respond to these events when do they do occur. This survey is an important tool for us to assess current programs, shape future policies and track progress over time. Ohio State is encouraging broad student participation to provide results that allow the university to focus on programs and resources that will be most helpful to the greatest number of students.
What will I be asked to do?
Students are invited to participate in an online survey, available via go.osu.edu/climatesurvey, which will be available Feb. 5 through March 10. This survey includes questions about your knowledge and beliefs about social situations, perceptions related to sexual misconduct and relationship violence at Ohio State and your knowledge of resources available here. This survey also asks about your personal experience with sexual misconduct, such as harassment, sexual assault and other forms of violence. If you need help with assistive technology to complete the survey, visit: Office of Student Life Disability Services Assistive-Technology: Location/Hours
Who is administering the survey?
The survey is being administered by Ohio State through the Office of Student Life’s Center for the Study of Student Life.
What will Ohio State do with the results?
The results will be used to further inform and enhance Buckeyes ACT, Ohio State’s comprehensive plan to combat sexual misconduct and relationship violence. Over time, survey results will also help Ohio State benchmark our progress in working to prevent and effectively respond to these issues.
How will results be shared?
As we have done for the past two years, results will be shared with the campus community so that students, faculty and staff can continue being a part of the discussion going forward.
Isn’t this survey only for women?
No, this survey is for everyone, regardless of gender identity or experiences. The survey will be used to shape policies that affect everyone on campus, so it is very important that you provide your experiences and viewpoint. Ohio State is encouraging broad student participation to provide results that allow the university to focus on programs and resources that will be most helpful to the greatest number of students.
I’ve never experienced sexual misconduct or relationship violence, so why should I take part?
The survey is being conducted as a census in order to gain perspective from all students; not necessarily only those who have been impacted by sexual violence and may be more likely to participate in the survey. To get a complete picture of Ohio State, we need to hear from as many students as possible. Ohio State is encouraging broad student participation to provide results that allow the university to focus on programs and resources that will be most helpful to the greatest number of students. Please encourage your friends and classmates to participate, as well.
How long will the survey take?
This survey should take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
Am I required to participate?
You do NOT have to participate in this survey, but we certainly encourage you to so that we can gather as much information as possible. If you do participate, you may skip any question you are not comfortable answering and may exit the survey at any time.
Will my answers be confidential?
When you complete the survey the link with your name, email and IP address will be broken so that no one will be able to connect these with your survey answers. The results will be presented in summary form so no individual can be identified. However, if we learn about child abuse or about a threat of harm to yourself or others, we are obligated to report it to the authorities.
Why are you asking about these sensitive topics?
Our goal is to foster a safe and supportive environment where students can flourish, academically, professionally and personally. In order to understand the climate at Ohio State, we need to ask direct questions about topics that may be considered sensitive. It is only by directly collecting this information from you will we be better able to help prevent negative experiences and effectively respond when they do happen.
Why is the language on the survey so explicit?
Some of the language used in this survey is explicit and possibly uncomfortable, but it is important that we ask the questions in this way so that you are clear what we mean. Information on how to get help, if you need it, appears on the bottom of each page and at the end of the survey. In order to understand the climate at Ohio State, we need to ask direct questions about topics that may be considered sensitive. It is only by directly collecting this information that will we be better able to help prevent negative experiences and effectively respond when they do happen.
Why do you think sexual assault is such an important topic around universities today?
Sexual violence negatively impacts a survivor’s physical and emotional health, educational success, and many other aspects of daily life. In 2015, Ohio State voluntarily committed to the take part in a campus climate survey administered by the Association of American Universities (AAU) along with 26 other universities in the United States. More information about Ohio State’s survey results can be found online. It is the university’s obligation under Title IX to respond to the needs of survivors, as well as to investigate and respond to incidents impacting our campus community and to engage in prevention of sexual violence. Ohio State is committed to ensuring a safe campus climate for all of our students and the entire university community. More information: www.go.osu.edu/BuckeyesACT
How can I learn more about support resources available for victims of sexual misconduct or relationship violence? How can I report an incident?
If you are a survivor of sexual assault, sexual misconduct, stalking, intimate partner violence or sexual harassment, many campus and community resources are available. These resources can provide support, information and details about your medical and reporting options. Please visit the Office of Student Life Sexual Civility and Empowerment website at: http://sce.osu.edu/resource-center for contact information, including 24-hour and emergency response, counseling, advocacy, and campus and local police. To speak with someone confidentially, please contact Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service at 614-292-5766 or the Sexual Assault Resource Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO) 24-hour helpline at 614-267-7020.
What is Ohio State doing to address sexual misconduct and relationship violence?
Ohio State is actively working to prevent and effectively respond to issues of sexual misconduct and relationship violence through prevention, education, response and support. In Fall 2015, the university announced Buckeyes ACT, a comprehensive plan to combat this issues on our campus, furthering this commitment. Ohio State strives to be a leader in this issue and will continue to enhance our resources based on information learned from the climate survey.
Ohio State has used the data from previous campus climate surveys to advance the work of the Buckeyes ACT program. The data is also used to take action to enhance current policies and procedures, as well as do more detailed analysis, and get feedback from the university community, to inform longer-term strategies and programs. Examples include: continued importance of education about consent, unique needs of specific student populations.
Other changes we have made as a result of our overall Buckeyes ACT initiative include: mandatory sexual misconduct and relationship violence training for students in first-year orientation, the First Year Experience program and the Second-Year Transformational Experience Program; additional hiring and resources to support prevention and response efforts for students; and a university-wide task force including students, staff and faculty to identify best practices and explore innovative approaches to these issues.
I still have questions.
If you have any questions about this study, please call the Center for the Study of Student Life at 614-247-6220. If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, please call Sandra Meadows at the Office of Responsible Research Practices at 1-800-678-6251 or 614-688-4792.
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