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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey?

This survey is designed to measure the campus climate regarding sexual harassment and sexual violence (sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking).  Climate surveys have been identified as a best practice for universities to better understand sexual misconduct on their campuses. Tulane last conducted a climate survey in 2017.

In November 2021, Tulane hosted a talk on sexual misconduct climate surveys from Dr. Kevin Swartout, Professor of Psychology and Public Health at Georgia State University. Dr. Swartout is a member of the Administrator Researcher Campus Climate Collaborative (ARC3), which developed the climate survey instrument that Tulane utilizes, and will be analyzing the data from Tulane’s upcoming 2022 Sexual Misconduct Campus Climate Survey.  You can view a recording of that event here

Who is being asked to complete the survey?

All Tulane students aged 18 years of age or older who are enrolled for the spring 2022 semester will be invited on January 28 to complete the survey. While the 2017 survey was only open to full-time students, the 2022 survey is open to all students, including full-time, part-time, undergraduate, graduate, professional, and online students.

What is Tulane’s survey instrument?

Tulane’s survey instrument was developed by the Administrator-Researcher Campus Climate Collaborative (ARC3). The leading researchers in sexual harassment and violence collaborated with Title IX administrators to create this survey.

The ARC3 Survey was developed in response to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. It was designed to assess the perpetration and victimization of sexual misconduct on college campuses in the United States. Its questions also gather a comprehensive picture of a campus’ climate with regards to sexual violence issues. You can learn more about the survey instrument and ARC3 at the ARC3 website or its Wikipedia page.

The survey has been used has been used by over 300 colleges and universities across the US as well as internationally, including the state university systems of Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington, and the entire university systems of both Denmark and Ireland.

What data is Tulane trying to gather and why?

Tulane’s goal is to end sexual harassment and violence in our community, and the information students share in this survey will help the university in this effort.

This survey is designed to assess perceptions and behaviors related to a wide range of issues regarding sexual harassment and violence that impact Tulane students.  With data about our students’ experiences, as well as our community’s perceptions and knowledge around these issues, we can better inform our efforts to end sexual harassment and violence at Tulane University.

Specifically, the following areas are priorities for evaluation:

  • Obtain victimization rates of sexual harassment (committed by fellow students as well as by faculty/staff), stalking, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault
  • Gather information about victimization rates of high-risk populations including first-year women, students of color, and LGBTQ-identifying students
  • Evaluate the connection between incidents of victimization and alcohol use, attitudes of sexual violence, campus organizational membership, and prior victimization
  • Assess knowledge of reporting options and support resources
  • Collect student perceptions on university resources as well as feedback on how effective these resources were for students who engaged with these resources
  • Measure knowledge and use of positive bystander behaviors

Additionally, the data we collect with the 2022 climate survey can be compared with the 2017 climate survey to help us measure progress as well as ongoing areas for intervention. 

Why doesn't Tulane conduct the sexual misconduct climate survey more often?

Experts recommend that schools trying to measure the prevalence of sexual violence on their campuses conduct climate surveys every 3-5 years.1 Tulane plans to conduct a climate survey every four years. Our first climate survey was conducted in 2017. Our second climate survey was originally scheduled for spring 2021; however, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic we made the decision to postpone the survey to spring 2022. We knew that truncated semesters, virtual instruction, and COVID-19 protocols in the 20-21 academic year had the potential to compromise our ability to effectively collect data and to impact the data itself. By conducting the survey in 2022, we were able to still stay within the recommended window of 3-5 years, while avoiding some of the worst impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our third climate survey is slated for 2027.

1  Swartout, Wood, L., & Busch-Armendariz, N. (2020). Responding to Campus Climate Data: Developing an Action Plan to Reduce Campus Sexual Misconduct. Health Education & Behavior, 47(1_suppl), 70S–74S. https://doi.org/10.1177/1090198120912386

I have not experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault while at Tulane. Should I still take this survey?

Absolutely! As the question above explains, this survey is about more than just victimization rates. We want to hear from every single student as sexual harassment and violence impacts us all.

How do I take the survey?

Every student will receive a link to the survey in their email on Friday, January 28 (please check your spam folder if you do not see it in your inbox). Students can also click here to access the survey. This link is only active between January 28 and February 20.

If you have not completed the survey, you will receive two additional reminder emails. You can expect to see additional encouragement to take the survey on social media and around campus as well.

Will my answers be confidential?

Yes: completely confidential.

After you complete the survey, your personal information will be severed from the rest of the data, so responses will not be connected to identifying information from that point forward. There is also no connection between your information for the prize drawing to your survey information.

Further, if you start the survey but do not return to complete it, the connection with your name, email, and IP address will be permanently severed when the survey closes on February 20.

Am I required to take this survey?

No. While we encourage every student to complete the survey, you do not have to participate.

If you do participate, you may skip any question you are not comfortable answering. You may also exit the survey at any time and restart it as long as it is before the survey close date on February 20.

How long will the survey take to complete?

This survey should take most people approximately 25 minutes to complete. Your time could vary anywhere between 15 to 35 minutes, depending on how much information you have the option to provide. If you are not able to complete the survey in one sitting, the system will not allow you to return and continue later, so be sure you have enough time to fill the entire survey out!

I started the survey but had to stop, and now I can't access it at all. What do I do?

Email us at sexualmisconductsurvey@tulane.edu, and we will reset your information so you can start the survey over.

I completed the survey, but I am getting emails saying that I didn't.  What do I do?

Email us at sexualmisconductsurvey@tulane.edu, and we will confirm your completion and remove you from receiving further emails.

What will Tulane do with the results?

Once we collect the data, Kevin Swartout, Professor of Psychology and Public Health at Georgia State University, will synthesize the data and create an executive summary of the data in the areas mentioned above. This work will take place over the spring and summer.  In November 2021, Tulane hosted a talk on sexual misconduct climate surveys from Dr. Swartout. You can view a recording of that event here

From this summary, the All In Task Force will create an updated All In action plan with three to five items to further our efforts around sexual violence prevention and response, including:

  • What current offices or programs will be ameliorated to improve effectiveness
  • What new resources or programs are needed and a timeline for their addition
  • What communities are in need of additional programs and resources

On a date to be determined in spring 2023, the summary and action plan will be shared.

Are there any incentives associated with completing this survey?

Yes! As an expression of our appreciation for your time and candor, every student who completes the survey will have a choice between a guaranteed $5 Amazon giftcard or entering into a lottery for one of the following grand prizes:

  • A Semester of Free Textbooks (up to $750)
  • A Year of Free Parking
  • President for a Day (Thank you, President's Office!)
  • 2 Tickets to Watch a Tulane Football Game from the Glazer Club (game choice based on availability) (Thank you, Athletics!)
  • $100 Whole Foods Giftcard (2) 
  • Jazz Fest Tickets for You and a Friend
  • Metal Tulane Waterbottles (44) (Thank you Tulane, Bookstore!)
  • Puppy Pizza Party for You and up to 9 Friends
  • Commons Meal Cards (50) (Thank you, Dining Services!)
  • Tech Connect Bluetooth Ear Buds (4) (Thank you, Tech Connect!)
  • Semester Long Reily Center Membership
  • Study Room For Spring 2022 Finals Week (Thank you, Howard Tilton Memorial Library!)
  • 2 Courtside Seats for a Tulane Basketball Game (game choice based on availability) (Thank you, Athletics!)
  • Pelicans Tickets for You and a Friend
  • $125 gift card Commander's Palace
  • Copy of Beartown (20)
  • Copy of Know my Name (20)

If you enter the lottery, you will be asked to choose your top five choices. We'll do the drawing after the survey closes on February 20, and you will be notified if you win. Good luck!

There will also be a Creole Party for the Grad School and Residence Hall with the highest percentage of members that have taken the survey!  Additionally, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs is offering $500 in additional programming money for the Greek orgs with 5 highest rates of participation. 

When can I expect to hear about prizes?

If you opted for the $5 Amazon gift card, we will be in touch by March 31 to confirm that the gift card has been purchased and emailed to your Tulane email address. If you entered a drawing for one of the grand prizes, winners will be notified by March 31.

I am having technical difficulties (for example, the survey link isn't working for me, or I’m having difficulty accessing a prize I have won). What should I do?

If you have any technical or logistical questions about this study, including those related to either entering the prize drawing or claiming prizes, please contact sexualmisconductsurvey@tulane.edu.

I still have questions about Tulane’s Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey. Who should I contact?

If you have questions or comments about Tulane’s administration or promotion of this survey, please send an email to sexualmisconductsurvey@tulane.edu.  During the three weeks that the survey is open (January 28 – February 20), this email account will be regularly monitored by staff in the Title IX office, including the Title IX Coordinator. You can expect a response to your questions within two business days.