​2017 Campus Climate Survey Results

By: The Ohio State University

Published on September 20, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio –The Ohio State University today released the results of its third Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Misconduct. Alongside Ohio State’s Buckeyes ACT initiative, this study reinforces the university’s ongoing commitment to combating sexual misconduct.

Since 2015, Ohio State has made significant progress implementing Buckeyes ACT (Action, Counseling and Training), the university’s comprehensive effort to combat sexual misconduct. As a part of the Buckeyes ACT initiative, all incoming students participate in an online training module focused on identifying issues, support services and prevention. Mandatory sexual misconduct and relationship violence training is also a requirement for all incoming students as part of the First Year Success Series. While long-term surveying is needed to confirm trends, the results of the 2017 Campus Climate Survey show statistically significant progress in the important areas of awareness of services, support and resources:

  • In 2017, 77 percent of students were somewhat or very knowledgeable about where to make a report of sexual assault or sexual misconduct at Ohio State, compared to 47.8 percent in 2015.
  • In 2017, 85.2 percent of students were somewhat or very knowledgeable about where to get help at Ohio State if they were a victim of sexual assault or sexual misconduct, compared to 55.6 percent in 2015.

Along with the data gathered from the previous two years of the study, Ohio State will use the results of the 2017 Campus Climate Survey to enhance current policies and services, and to inform longer-term strategies and programs.

Other results from this year’s survey include:

  • Female undergraduate student respondents who reported experiencing incidences of nonconsensual sexual contact by physical force, threats of physical force or incapacitation: 20.0 percent.
  • Male undergraduate student respondents who reported experiencing incidences of nonconsensual sexual contact by physical force, threats of physical force or incapacitation: 4.6 percent.
  • Student respondents who believed that it was very or extremely likely that a report of sexual assault or sexual misconduct would be taken seriously by campus officials: 70.3 percent.
  • Student respondents who said they think it is likely or extremely likely that they would experience sexual assault or sexual misconduct on campus: 5.6 percent.

The 2017 survey instrument was adapted from a survey developed in 2015 by the Association of American Universities (AAU). The overall response rate for the 2017 study was 21.2 percent; 63,587 Ohio State students from all campuses were invited to take the survey and 13,456 responded.


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