Campus Climate Survey

2018-2019 Campus Climate Survey

In response to the passage of New York State Education Law Article 129-B (Section 6445), in 2016, a taskforce led by the college’s Title IX coordinator developed the Mount Saint Mary College Campus Experiences Survey.  The law requires that each institution of higher education in New York administer a survey on their campus every other year.

In 2018, the taskforce agreed to replace our internally developed questionnaire with an instrument closely based on the Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct developed by Westat in 2014 for the Association of American Universities (AAU). The use of an existing national survey provided additional assurances of validity and reliability in our results along with benchmarking comparisons to external data.

The survey was administered to all enrolled students between November 1st and November 26th during the Fall 2018 semester. 604 (26%) students responded to the invitation to participate with 384 students providing a complete response. This was a significant improvement over the 2016 survey which only yielded 115 complete responses.      

The 2018 survey had a core set of approximately 60 questions that were asked of every respondent. Additional questions were administered if respondents reported being victimized. For Harassment, Stalking and Intimate Partner Violence, approximately 7 follow-up questions were asked for each type of misconduct. These follow-up questions asked for information across all reported incidents for each form of victimization. 

Key Findings:

  • Overall, 7 percent of student respondents reported experiencing nonconsensual sexual contact by physical force, threats of physical force, or incapacitation since they enrolled at Mount Saint Mary College.
  • The incidence of sexual assault and sexual misconduct due to physical force, threats of physical force, or incapacitation among female student respondents was 8 percent.
  • Overall rates of reporting sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking and/or harassment ranged from 17 percent to 71 percent, depending on the specific type of behavior.
  • The most common reasons for not reporting incidents of sexual assault and sexual misconduct were: “Felt embarrassed, ashamed, or that it would be too emotionally difficult” and “I did not think it was serious enough to report”.
  • More than seven in 10 student respondents (74 percent) believe that a report of sexual assault or sexual misconduct would be taken seriously by campus officials.

Click here for the full summary of the 2018-2019 Campus Climate Survey.