2015 Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct
In Spring 2015, SDSU students participated in the university’s first Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct. This survey was conducted in order to better understand, prevent and respond to sexual violence.
Following recommendations from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault (2014) an anonymous survey was developed that included questions about sexual assault/violence on or near campus, attitudes about sexually related violence, inclination to intervene/help in response to sexual violence, and awareness of sexual violence related services and policies. The goals of the survey were to provide 1) Information about the prevalence of sexual violence on the campus, students’ knowledge about reporting policies and resources for victims, and students’ attitudes related to sexual violence, and 2) a benchmark to measure improvements/declines over time in attitudes and prevalence. All students were contacted via their university-provided email and given a link to the anonymous survey.
The survey was emailed to 30,469 students, and 9,161 students responded to the survey, which represents a substantial response rate of 30%.
Sexual assault is a significant challenge for colleges and universities nationwide, affecting the health, mental health, and academic success of students.
This survey is a valuable resource to help SDSU better assess and address the problem of sexual violence at SDSU.
SDSU Survey Results