Campus Climate Survey

Campus Climate Survey WINNERS Announced:

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THANK YOU to all Students of Rockford University,  who let their  voice be heard, September 28 – October 26, 2017.  Hearing from you regarding your attitudes, perceptions and experiences related to sexual and domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking concerns is important. The University launched the campus climate survey in during campus safety awareness month and ended the survey during national domestic violence awareness month.


Survey Results: The survey results will be analyzed and shared with the campus community spring 2018.


Climate Survey Frequently Asked Questions

When will students begin taking the survey?

 The campus climate survey begins Thursday, September 28 and ends Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 10:59pm (Central Standard Time).

How was the survey designed?


 RU has partnered with the HEDS Consortium to administer the survey for our students.

The campus climate survey working group “Working group” identified the survey’s goal should be to collect information that would be specific to RU and that would allow officials to make decisions about programming and prevention efforts on campus.  To that end, the working group considered various survey models and instruments and has partnered with the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS)  as the survey instrument to meet RU’s climate assessment needs.

The survey is sponsored by the Office of Compliance and Title IX, and supported by Academic Affairs, Human Resources, Student Life, Counseling, Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling, Students, and Campus Safety.


Should I complete this if I have not experienced or participated in sexual or domestic violence?

 Yes. Your responses are important in assessing the overall climate. We also know that even though one may not have directly experienced an incident of sexual or domestic violence, they may still be affected.



Do I get anything for participating? GIVEAWAYS

Once a student has completed the survey, he or she will be offered an opportunity to exit the survey and opt-in to enter into a drawing for various giveaways.  After you hit submit, you will receive a unique code, this is the code for  your drawing entry. Follow the instructions on the page that you received the unique code for how to submit your code and contact information.

The drawing will take place one week after the survey closes.

  • (5) Den Dollars (May be used at the Burpee Center or 5100 building)
  • (5) Bookstore Giveaways
  • (2) Tickets to Rock Valley College Starlight Theatre
  • JBL Bluetooth Speaker with Pouch
  • Campus Parking Spot of Choice (for two weeks)
  • More incentives may be added
Who should complete the survey: students, faculty, staff?


 The survey is specifically for students of Rockford University.  All students are strongly encouraged to complete the survey. Graduate and undergraduate, full and part-time students are eligible for the survey and the drawing. 

What if I am an employee taking courses at the university, should I take the survey? Yes, you are eligible to take the survey if you are currently a student.

I live off campus. Should I complete the survey?

 Yes. You are part of and spend time within the RU campus community, and your responses are important in assessing the overall climate.  You may utilize the RU system should you experience a concern, even if you do not reside on campus.

Are the answers to the survey confidential?

 Yes. The purpose of the survey is to get candid feedback. Once submitted, your responses will be confidential. Data from the survey will be reported in the aggregate and not by individual responses. Students will not be asked to provide their names or identification within the survey. 

You will need to provide your contact information for the drawing, your survey answers will not be connected to information you provide for the drawing.

Is my participation in the survey optional?

 Yes.  Participation is voluntary and you may exit from the survey at any time.


How and when do I take the survey?

A student may take the survey at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on any computer or mobile device. Internet access is required.

The survey will be open September 28-October 26, 2017. On September 27, students will receive an e-mail communication from President Fulcomer encouraging survey participation. Students  will receive a second communication from the compliance and title ix officer with additional information and the link to take the survey.


If I can’t find the link, how can I take the survey?

 The link is one time use.  To access the survey link, you will need to log into the student portal, or visit your RU email. Please contact or 815-226-2842, with questions.


Can I use my phone or tablet to take the survey?

 Yes.   However, because of a large table within the survey, the use of a computer is recommended over the use of a mobile device.  However, your tablet or phone should work.


If I start the survey, but am interrupted before I finish, can I access it again?

 Yes. You can come back to the survey at any time before the close of the survey period (October 26, 10:59pm). Simply follow the link in the original e-mail. 

Why is it important that everyone participate in completing answers to the questions?


Understanding the beliefs, attitudes, perceptions, and experiences of RU students is vital to how the university functions. RU needs to hear from students in order to address concerns and reinforce successes. Additionally, the more students who complete the survey, the more accurate the picture of the campus climate the survey will provide. 

What topics does the survey include?

 The survey collects information about students’ experiences related to inappropriate sexual behaviors  and acts of domestic violence while attending RU.

  • These behaviors include non-consensual sexual contact (in many cases considered sexual assault), non-consensual sexual penetration (commonly called rape), intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment.
  • The survey asks students about their knowledge of these issues, their awareness of related RU policies and procedures, and their experiences (if applicable) with the student process.
  • The perception of administration addressing their concerns and bystander behaviors.


Why are you asking about sexual and domestic violence?

 RU is committed to creating and fostering a safe, healthy, and welcoming environment for all students. Gathering students’ perspectives on their experiences related to sexual violence helps campus officials understand what currently works and what needs to be improved. Gaining student feedback from all is crucial to help us improve our responses, processes,  and programs and services, should these incidents occur on or off campus.

What kind of language will be used in this survey and why?


Some of the questions in the survey use explicit language—including anatomical names of male parts and specific behaviors—to ask about sexual situations. This language may be upsetting to some people. This approach to questions is consistent with national surveys on this topic and is designed to get the best possible data. Participants may skip any question they do not want to answer or stop participation at any time.

If I become triggered as a result of taking the survey, where can I get help if I need it?

  You may contact:

RU’s Lang Health and Counseling Center at 815-226-4083

RU Police and Campus Safety at 815-226-4060

*Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling (RSAC) at 815-636-9811

*Remedies (domestic violence) at 815-962-6101

*24-hour assistance

In addition, on each page of the survey, contact information for on- and off-campus resources are provided.  

Once all the results are received, what’s next?

 The results from the survey will provide RU with climate, prevalence, and student perception information, allowing for consideration of policy and program planning and areas of improvement or maintaining efforts. The survey data will be used to explore continuing and  new ways to support student success and assist the university in fulfilling its mission. A summary of the survey results will be shared with the RU community.

We are partnering with the HEDS consortium, and because we are collecting this information in an “off” collection period (fall), we will not have results available until spring 2018. 


Who should I can contact if I have questions about the Sexual and Domestic Violence Campus Climate Survey?

All questions, concerns, or suggestions about the survey and/or the survey process, may be directed to the Office of Compliance and Title IX at or 815-226-2842.