Campus Climate Survey and Annual Data Reporting

SDSU's Campus Climate Survey on
Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

In Spring 2015, the survey was emailed to 30,469 students, and 9,161 students responded to the survey, which represents a substantial response rate of 30%.

This survey is a valuable resource to help SDSU better assess and address the problem of sexual violence at SDSU.

Results and more information regarding the SDSU Campus Climate Survey.

SDSU launched its second Campus Climate Survey in Spring 2017.  Our researchers are currently in the process of reviewing the data and compiling a report.  Once the report has been completed, a copy will be posted here.

 

Annual Data Reporting

In addition to the data collected through the 2015 and 2017 Campus Climate Surveys and in accordance with Executive Order 1095, SDSU reports on data relating to university complaints on an annual basis and posts data for the prior two years.  Below, please find the annual data reported for Fiscal Years 2017/18 and 2016/17:

Title IX Data for Fiscal Year 2017/18

In accordance with Executive Order 1095, SDSU reports on data relating to university complaints on an annual basis.  Below, please find the annual data reported for Fiscal Year 2017/18:

  1. The number of Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking reports received in which a Student is the Respondent: 28 

  2. The number of Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking reports received in which an Employee is the Respondent: 4

  3. The number of Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking reports investigated:  7

  4. The number of Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking reports resolved without investigation, including a description of the resolution and/or reason for no investigation: 25 
    • 21 complainants (where information was provided indicating that respondent was a student or employee) who did not respond to Title IX outreach and/or did not want investigations into the incident
    • 3 complaints who requested the early resolution process
    • 1 complainant that alleged conduct from 30 years prior and wanted to document the incident but did not want an investigation
  5. The number of Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking investigations in which the Respondent was held responsible, including a description of the final sanction:  Total of 2

    * In addition to the 2 respondents held responsible, there were 3 respondents who entered into early resolution agreements.  The 3 early resolution agreements are included in Question 4 above.  Although the early resolution agreement is not an admission of policy violation, the respondent agreed to certain terms and conditions, as part of the resolution.

  6. The number of Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking investigations in which the evidence was found insufficient to hold the Respondent responsible:  Total of 5 (1 complaint was withdrawn by the complainant after the investigation began and is included in this total.)

The above listed data is not inclusive of all Title IX reports.  Specifically, pursuant to SDSU employees’ duty to report requirements, Title IX is informed of disclosures made by students, faculty and staff to university employees with limited exception.  Through this process, Title IX is provided with limited information relating to the incident.  Title IX reaches out to all complainants and provides information regarding rights, options and support resources and asks to meet with the complainant. Not all complainants are willing to come forward and, in some cases, they may meet with Title IX but decline to provide more information relating to the incident and/or respondent. In addition to the above documented complaints, Title IX received the following:

  • Twenty three (23) reports of sexual violence against non-affiliated respondents wherein complainants sought university resources and accommodations;
  • Seventy two (72) reports of sexual violence where the respondents could not be identified and/or investigated and affiliation is unknown;
  • One (1) report of sexual violence from over 30 years ago against a former employee no longer affiliated with the university.

Title IX Data for Fiscal Year 2016/17

  1. The number of Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking reports received in which a Student is the Respondent: 21
  1. The number of Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking reports received in which an Employee is the Respondent: 13

**** There were a total of 60 reports of Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking received by SDSU’s Title IX Office, inclusive of mandatory reporting requirements by employees.  Of these reports, there were 15 complaints received wherein the complainant refused to disclose the name or status of the respondent or 11 complaints wherein complainant identified a non-affiliated respondent.  These 26 complaints are not captured in #1 or #2 above.

  1. The number of Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking reports investigated:  11 (5 Student Respondents and 6 Employee Respondents)
  1. The number of Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking reports resolved without investigation, including a description of the resolution and/or reason for no investigation: 49 
  • 11 non-affiliated respondents who could not be investigated, 
  • 2 complainants that did not respond to Title IX outreach, 
  • 35 complainants who did not want investigations into the incident, and 
  • 1 respondent died in a vehicular accident during investigation
  1. The number of Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking investigations in which the Respondent was held responsible, including a description of the final sanction:  Total of 8.

****Employee Sanctions: 1 suspension; 2 separations/terminations; 1 voluntary separation; one discipline pending appeal.

****Student Sanctions: 1 expulsion pending student discipline process, and 2 Suspension in Abeyance with Counseling.

  1. The number of Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking investigations in which the evidence was found insufficient to hold the Respondent responsible:  Total of 2 (Both student respondents)

 **** One complaint (employee respondent) is pending completion of the EO 1097 investigation process.