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Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey

Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey

Brown University is launching the 2019 Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct sponsored by the Association of American Universities (AAU). The 2019 assessment will begin on April 4, 2019, and continue through May 5, 2019. This survey is one of the largest surveys on sexual assault and sexual misconduct, and it’s designed to provide insight into students’ perceptions of campus climate.

Brown is participating in the initiative again to continue deepening our understanding of the on-campus climate around consent and sexual respect and its influence on the occurrence of sexual violence and other forms of gender-based harassment. The 2019 survey expands on questions assessing sexual and gender-based harassment to capture better information on unwelcome experiences in learning environments outside of the classroom.  

Data from this instrument will inform our multimodal approach to reducing harm and help us identify additional prevention opportunities to prevent and/or mitigate high-risk behaviors associated with harassment and discrimination.

Participation is voluntary and anonymous. Westat, a private research firm, will analyze the responses providing each campus with de-identified data on the prevalence and characteristics of incidents occurring within our program. This survey is an opportunity to surface behavior that may go unnoticed or to discuss incidents that may be difficult to disclose.

In April 2015, Brown was one of 27 institutions to participate in the inaugural Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct. The survey gathered information from students about three primary areas:

  • campus climate related to sexual assault and misconduct;
  • awareness of resources and reporting options; and
  • prevalence of sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and interpersonal violence.   

With the data from the 2015 survey, we expanded the content of our training, created new positions, and aligned efforts of stakeholders across campus. It also established a baseline for assessing Brown’s progress in ongoing efforts to address these issues, and as a resource to sustain the community’s commitment to work together to ensure a safe and inclusive campus.

Brown’s Results 2015:

AAU Survey Resources: