U students have the opportunity to voice their experiences about the sexual assault and sexual harassment climate of the University of Utah campus as they begin the Spring 2022 Semester. All U students will receive an email to their UMail account Monday, Jan. 10, and are being asked to complete the survey by Feb. 4, 2022.
Students are being asked to take three simple actions:
- Watch your UMail inbox for the “Please Complete the 2022 Campus Climate Survey” email
- Take the survey
- Help shape a culture of safety here at the U
This anonymous survey—conducted every two years—gathers information about experiences with interpersonal violence, including sexual assault, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, stalking, harassment and other forms of relationship violence. It asks about perceptions of social situations, experiences with interpersonal violence and awareness of reporting and support resources available at the U.
It should take participants about 20 to 30 minutes to complete the survey. Participation is voluntary and has no effect on student status.
For those who choose to participate, questions may be skipped and it is possible to exit the survey at any time. There are no consequences for those students who choose not to participate in the survey.
Your answers are confidential and protected
Once complete, the link with name, email and IP address will be broken so that no one can link students to their answers. The results are presented in summary form so no individual can be identified.
Explicit language is used
Some language used in the survey is explicit and some people may find it uncomfortable, but it is important that the questions are asked in this way so it is clear what is meant. Should you need it, information on how to get help can be found below and also at the end of the survey.
Examine the 2018 and 2020 responses
The U administered its first sexual assault survey in 2016 with the intent to complete the survey every two years. In 2018 and 2020, the survey was administered using the newly available American Association of Universities survey with allows for benchmarking with Pac-12 peers. An interactive dashboard can be found here.
Benefits to the university
The results will help university leadership better understand the extent of sexual misconduct and sexual assault among students and how corresponding programs and services are being utilized to support students. The information collected from the survey will contribute to recommendations for changes which policies and processes related to preventing and reducing sexual misconduct and sexual assault at the U.