“Sexual misconduct must be addressed on our college campuses and throughout society,” says U-M President Mark Schlissel. “This research is vitally important to our understanding of this problem so we can design education and prevention efforts in the most effective manner possible.”
In 2015, the University of Michigan participated in two campus climate surveys of students to gain an understanding of their experiences and perceptions regarding sexual misconduct on campus.
The first survey was administered in Jan., and was designed uniquely for and by U-M. A university team including the Institute for Social Research, Student Life and the Office of the General Counsel designed the questions and survey methodology.
This survey was offered to a representative sample of 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The U-M survey had a 67 percent response rate, significantly higher than the response rate for typical college campus Web surveys. The results of the U-M survey were released to the public June 24, 2015.
The second survey was administered in April and was sponsored by the Association of American Universities, of which U-M is a member. U-M was one of 27 universities across the nation to participate in the AAU survey. The results of the AAU survey were released to the public Sept. 21, 2015.
U-M is the only institution to have conducted its own survey in addition to participating in the AAU survey. Data is critical to our work. The more we know about our community, the better we are able to tailor our programs to be most effective.