By Lori Klein, Campus Conduct Administrator
In March, a sample of students, faculty and staff across the University of Alaska campuses will receive an invitation to participate in a Climate Survey. This voluntary, confidential, anonymous survey is about safety – specifically gauging the appropriateness of our campuses’ attitudes and responses to sexual misconduct (sexual harassment, assault and relationship violence).
The goal of this survey is to help UAS understand how we can improve campus safety, outreach, education and services. We know from decades of research that sexual violence often goes unreported. UAS is committed to addressing and preventing sexual misconduct. Understanding other climate issues, such as knowledge about reporting policies and resources for victims, attitudes about prevention and perceptions about how our community is addressing the problem of sexual violence, are all critical pieces of information for improving campus responses. Your feedback and input will help us improve our policies and prevention efforts.
The survey questions were based on guidelines from the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and created from a review of national, peer-reviewed studies and current campus Climate Surveys. Some of the questions will be explicit, and we recognize that this survey may not be for everyone. If you receive an invitation to participate, we value your feedback and input. But if you opt out or even choose not to complete the survey once started, we respect your choices.
UAS has a wide number of resources to assist anyone who wishes to receive support for issues related to sexual misconduct. More information is available on our website.