FAQ’s about WWU’s Sexual Violence Climate Survey

Who is being invited to participate in the survey?

Current Western students and employees are being invited to participate. There are actually two similar surveys. The one for Western students is being distributed on May 11, 2016. The one for Western faculty and staff will follow.

Why is Western conducting this survey?

Sexual violence is a serious issue at universities across the country. Western is committed to preventing sexual violence and to supporting survivors who are a part of our community. Findings from analysis of the survey will help Western most effectively prevent and respond to sexual violence. The Washington State Legislature is also requiring public colleges and universities in the State to survey students and employees to better understand the issue of sexual violence on their campuses and impacting their students and employees.

Are responses to the survey confidential?

Yes. Responses to the survey will be aggregated confidentially by Western’s Office of Survey Research. Reports based on survey findings will not tie anyone’s identity to any response.

Does anyone have to participate?

No. Participation in the survey is completely voluntary. No one is required to participate. An individual’s participation or decision not to participate in the survey will not affect their relationship with Western. Additionally, someone may choose to participate in the survey but skip questions they do not wish to answer or stop responding at any point.

Why should students, faculty and staff consider participating in the survey?

People’s participation in the survey will contribute to Western’s understanding of the issue of sexual violence as it impacts our students and employees, and inform efforts to prevent sexual violence and most effectively respond when sexual violence is reported. Information learned from the survey will also inform the State Legislature’s understanding of the issue and the development of a statewide public awareness campaign about campus sexual violence.

How will the results of the survey be shared?

Reports on findings from analysis of the survey will be shared with the campus community and provided to the Washington State Legislature.

How long does the survey take?

The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Who should students, faculty or staff contact if they have questions about the survey?

Questions about the survey may be directed to Janai Symons, Western’s Research Compliance Officer, at (360) 650-3082.

Who should students, faculty or staff contact for confidential support regarding experiences with sexual violence?

Confidential support at Western for students is available at:

  • Western’s Consultation and Sexual Assault Support (CASAS), (360) 650-3700.
  • Western’s Counseling Center, (360) 650-3164.

Students, faculty and staff seeking confidential support may wish to contact:

  • Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County (DVSAS), (877) 715-1563 (24-hour help line), www.dvsas.org.
  • Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline, (800) 562-6025, www.wadvhotline.org.
  • The Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse, (206)-568-7777, www.nwnetwork.org.
  • Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), (800)656.4673, www.rainn.org.

Confidential support for staff and faculty is available via the WA State Employee Assistance Program (EAP), (877) 313-4455.