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Ohio State participates in national campus climate survey

Students at The Ohio State University have a chance to help guide the policies that encourage a healthy, safe and nondiscriminatory learning and living environment through the university’s continued participation in a national effort to address sexual misconduct.

Beginning today, students on all Ohio State campuses are asked to take an anonymous online climate survey on sexual assault and sexual misconduct. The survey is part of the university’s commitment to combating sexual misconduct and relationship violence, and the results will be used to enhance current policies and services and inform longer-term strategies and programs.

“Ohio State’s first priority is a safe and healthy campus for all members of our community,” said Senior Vice President for Student Life Javaune Adams-Gaston. “The results will help inform and further enhance Buckeyes ACT (Action, Counseling, Training) — the university’s comprehensive plan to address sexual misconduct.”

Working with the Association of American Universities (AAU), Ohio State voluntarily committed to take part in the national survey. Ohio State is one of 32 member universities and one non-AAU university to participate.

The survey is open through April 12 and results will be released in Fall 2019.

“To better protect our students and serve the public good, AAU member universities are continuing their efforts to prevent sexual assault and misconduct,” said AAU President Mary Sue Coleman. “Our universities are using research to inform campus policies and programs, and the data collected at the institutional level will help university leaders create new policies and improve existing programs to fit unique student and institutional needs.”

AAU is partnering with Westat, a social science research firm, to administer the survey for Ohio State. Participation is voluntary, and responses are anonymous.

Ohio State conducted campus climate surveys in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Previous results are available at: https://www.osu.edu/BuckeyesACT.