uchicago photo The University of Chicago released its Spring 2015 Climate Survey NORC Report on September 1, 2015. The NORC, an independent research corporation, conducted the Sexual Misconduct Survey: “Attitudes, Knowledge and Experience” (also referred to as the Spring 2015 Climate Survey) on behalf of the University of Chicago in April 2015.

Design of the University of Chicago’s Campus Climate Survey

It was designed by the University faculty committee, based partially on a similar survey conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology  and the “Not Alone” survey toolkit created by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.

Campus Climate Survey Achieved a Response Rate of 31%

All enrolled students who were at least 18 years of age at the time of the survey were invited to participate during a two-week field period that ended on April 28, 2015.  A total of 12,485 undergraduate students and graduate and professional students at  the University’s Hyde Park campus were invited to participate in the survey. They completed surveys from 3,955 students, for an overall response rate of 31.7%.

New Programs and Priorities

Campus Climate Survey After the survey was completed, the University of Chicago is making new initiatives this coming year to address issues raised by the Campus Climate Survey.  They intend to substantially redesign the content and approach for their sexual misconduct prevention training, provide training for all new graduate and professional students, and launch a student run website (umatter.uchicago.edu) that makes university policy, procedures and resources easier to access. You can view all of their initiatives here.

UC’s proposed efforts are their first steps toward addressing the results from this year's Campus Climate survey. During the fall quarter,  their Campus and Student Life (CSL) staff will bring together interested students to discuss key findings from the Spring 2015 Climate Survey with a particularly focusing on how the results can best inform the University’s prevention and education strategies. This will provide an all inclusive meeting to help improve policy and community education of sexual assault on campus between both students and staff.

You can find the Spring 2015 Climate Survey Executive Survey here.