Climate Survey

CAMPUS CLIMATE SURVEY

SUNY Polytechnic Institute distributed Campus Climate Surveys on April 14, 2017 to the student and employee populations at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. By State University of New York policy, these uniform surveys were administered and distributed electronically through a third-party vendor, Campus Labs, and responses were received through April 30, 2017.  Participation in the survey was voluntary and responses were kept anonymous.   The surveys, one for students and another for employees, were SUNY Sexual Violence Prevention (SVP) Campus Climate Surveys. The surveys were distributed to ascertain student and employee experience with and knowledge of reporting and conduct processes for sexual harassment, sexual violence, and interpersonal violence per Article 129B “Enough is Enough” legislation.  Per the legislation, the climate survey included questions on the following;

  • Title IX Coordinator’s role
  • Campus policies and procedures addressing sexual assault
  • How and where to report domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault, as a victim, survivor, or witness
  • Availability of resources on and off campus
  • Prevalence of victimization and perpetration of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault on and off campus
  • Bystander attitudes and behavior
  • Whether reporting individuals disclosed to the institution and/or law enforcement
  • Experiences with reporting and institution processes
  • Reasons why individuals did or did not report
  • General awareness of the difference between institution’s policies and penal law
  • General awareness of the definition of affirmative consent

Response rates were as follows:

  • 108 Faculty & Staff Respondents (9%)
  • 196 Student Respondents (7%)

The response rates for both surveys were too low to be able to draw generalized conclusions about SUNY Poly student and employee experience of campus climate relative to the topics addressed in this survey*.  The Title IX Coordinators will work towards increasing response rates for future climate surveys.  However, based on the responses received, several areas have been identified to further address through education and programming.  While the majority of both the student and employee respondents indicated familiarity and knowledge of SUNY Poly definitions, policies, and procedures, here are the areas that the Title IX Coordinators and Title IX Working Group will further promote in the next academic year:

  • The difference between confidentiality and privacy
  • The process that occurs after a student reports sexual violence to the institution
  • SUNY Poly’s Policy for Alcohol and/or Drug Use Amnesty in Sexual Violence Cases
  • Off campus resources such as local crisis centers and advocacy centers
  • Bystander intervention in abusive relationship scenarios
  • Differences between college disciplinary process and criminal justice system
  • How to find the Title IX Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator responsibilities
  • Formal campus procedures available for cases of dating violence, domestic violence, and/or stalking
  • The important of completing future campus climate surveys

If you have questions about the survey, or would like to provide additional feedback, please contact Katie Tynan-Simon, Title IX Coordinator at 315-792-7235, 518-956-7317 or ktynan@sunypoly.edu

*Due to the close timing of the campus climate local survey administered in the Fall of 2016 and the SUNY wide survey administered in the Spring of 2017, we experienced lower response rates for the Spring survey.  Future climate surveys plan to be administered no more than once a year to increase the response rate.

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