Beginning today, the entire Iowa State student body will be asked to participate in a voluntary survey as part of a national research effort led by the Association of American Universities. ISU is one of 27 AAU member institutions participating in the sexual assault campus climate study.
"ISU is conducting the survey to increase our understanding of the issues surrounding sexual assaults and violence in order to develop strategies to end these issues on our campus," said Robin Kelley, equal opportunity director. "The survey results will help strengthen current policies and practices, and guide new practices and policies to better promote a safe, secure and welcoming campus environment."
The AAU contracted with Westat, a national research firm based in Rockville, Maryland, to conduct the survey. Students have three weeks (April 2-23) to participate; all responses are confidential. The estimated completion time is 20 to 30 minutes. Westat will prepare a cumulative report of results, as well as campus data for participating institutions.
Students received an email from President Steven Leath on March 5, urging them to look for and complete the online survey. A series of incentives, ads and reminders also are planned to encourage participation.