Summary of Campus Climate Assessment Responses

In Spring 2017, SUNY Empire State College participated in the SUNY Sexual Violence Prevention (SVP) Campus Climate Survey. The survey gathered information about incidents of sexual violence and knowledge of related policies and resources on campus. By state law and SUNY Board Policy, every SUNY campus was required to participate.

Two web-based surveys were administered via email, one designed for students and one for faculty and staff. A random sample of 2,489 matriculated SUNY Empire State College students were invited to participate in the student survey; while all current line-based faculty and staff were invited to participate (n=800) in the faculty and staff survey.

SUNY partnered with Campus Labs to provide a platform to administer the survey, collect campus-specific data and analyze the results in order to understand the impact of sexual violence and to improve prevention efforts and resources.

SUNY Empire State College is a non-residential campus, serving a population of adult students, the majority of whom are working and supporting dependents while simultaneously enrolled.  The college offers a variety of flexible study options both on site and online. Forty-one percent of student respondents indicated that they are exclusive “distance learners.”  

Survey results indicated that faculty and staff are aware of campus policies and procedures specifically addressing sexual assault. Of the 106 faculty and staff respondents, 51 percent indicated they “strongly agree” or “agree” when asked if they know how to advise a student who was sexually assaulted.  Among student respondents, there was variability in the extent of awareness of on-campus and community resources. More than half of responding students were aware of the Office of Student Affairs (53%), and local police/sheriff (53%); but fewer respondents indicated awareness of the Office of Campus Safety and Security (37%), SUNY’s Title IX Web page (20%), Talk 1-1 Counseling Service (20%), Title IX Coordinators (16%) or the college’s Title IX Web page (14%).

Links to itemized survey results are provided below.  SUNY Empire State College will use the findings of the survey to continue to improve education and awareness of campus policies and resources and foster a safe and supportive environment.

SUNY Empire State - Sexual Violence Prevention (SVP) Campus Climate Survey - Student (PDF 403kB)

SUNY Empire State - Sexual Violence Prevention (SVP) Campus Climate Survey - Faculty and Staff (PDF 145kB)

Questions about this survey can be directed to decision.support@esc.edu.

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