Reminder: Take part in the 2019 Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Misconduct

An aerial view of central Yale campus
(Photo credit: Michael Marsland)

Yale President Peter Salovey and Yale’s Title IX Coordinator Stephanie Spangler have reminded all undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students to take the 2019 Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Misconduct, which will close on Monday, March 4.

The survey is a collaboration with the Association of American Universities (AAU). For more information about the survey process, visit the Sexual Misconduct Response & Prevention website, which also provides information about resources and options if you or someone you know has experienced sexual misconduct. The materials from the 2015 survey, including the data tables, are available on Yale’s Title IX website.

Salovey and Spangler reminded students that individual responses are confidential and that participation in the survey is completely voluntary. Yale will not know if individual students have taken the survey or how they respond. Participants will receive a $5 Amazon gift card.

In 2015, when Yale conducted the first Campus Climate Survey, we had one of the highest response rates of the 27 participating schools,” Spangler said in her email. “Thanks to that robust participation, we were able to gather critical details about a wide variety of student experiences. Given the sobering nature of our results, the strength of our data was critically important — it helped guide institutional and community response, focusing our energies on building a safer, more inclusive, and more respectful campus. Still, there is much more for us to learn. With your help, we aim to exceed the 2015 response rate. The more students who participate in the survey, the more meaningful our data will be.”

To learn more about Yale’s resources, visit the Sexual Misconduct Response & Prevention website. For immediate support, contact SHARE at 203-432-2000. SHARE’s confidential services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have questions about the survey or have difficulty accessing it, e-mail CampusClimateHelp@westat.com or call 1-855-793-5324.

Yale is among 32 member universities and one non-AAU university that will participate in the AAU’s national campus climate survey on sexual assault and misconduct.

The 2019 study is a follow-up to the landmark 2015 AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct, which surveyed over 150,000 graduate, undergraduate, and professional students across 27 universities. The 33 universities participating in the 2019 survey have a total over 870,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, so it is expected to be among the largest survey of its kind. AAU and the participating 33 universities have contracted with Westat, a leading social science research firm, to conduct the survey and analyze survey results.

It is extremely important that we hear from all students, even those who feel these issues do not directly affect them,” Salovey said in his email. “The aggregate findings from the 2015 survey were powerful and stimulated new action and research. By illuminating specific campus patterns and challenges, our local results helped build community engagement around improving Yale’s programs, processes, and policies for addressing sexual misconduct.

The 2019 AAU survey will add a critical second wave of data, shedding additional light upon our ongoing challenges and helping us to assess the impact of our collective efforts,” Salovey continued. “The higher our participation rate, the more we will learn. So, I hope you will take a few minutes and respond to the survey now and then encourage your friends and classmates to do so as well.”

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