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Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey

The Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey, administered in November 2015, was a University-wide survey that aimed to understand students’ experiences with sexual misconduct. In order to track the progress of the University’s ongoing initiative to combat sexual violence, this survey will be administered every three years. The next administration will occur in 2018.

The continual administration of the survey fulfills one of the recommendations set forth by the Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Task Force in January 2015. Read the full task force report (PDF), which will open in a new window.

About the Survey Instrument

The survey was based on an instrument created by the Administrator Researcher Campus Climate Consortium (ARC3) and was piloted in Spring 2015 at University Park, Altoona, Behrend, Fayette, and Lehigh Valley. Feedback from the pilot was used to make adjustments prior to the full administration.

The survey instrument asked questions about students’ personal experiences with victimization, perpetration, bystander behavior, knowledge of resources, and perceptions of the campus climate.

For a list of questions, view/download the Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey instrument.

The Survey Results

The results provided insight into a number of areas, including the prevalence of sexual assault and other types of sexual misconduct, how comfortable people feel reporting incidents, and the role of alcohol in sexual misconduct. Data from this survey continue to inform decisions around policy and programs for various units across Student Affairs and the University. If you feel your unit could benefit from additional analyses of the data, please contact the SARA office.

Links to summary reports for all 23 campus locations can be accessed below.







Dickinson Law



Great Valley

Greater Allegheny




Lehigh Valley

Mont Alto

New Kensington



University Park


Worthington Scranton


Related News Articles

Telling a Friend: Penn State Survey Find Many Students Don’t Report Sexual Assault to Campus Officials - Inside Higher Ed, 4/14/16

Survey Sheds Light on Students’ Attitudes, Experiences on Sexual Misconduct - Penn State News 04/13/16

University to Release Climate Survey Findings April 13 - Penn State News, 4/12/16

Penn State Makes Plans for the Future as Sexual Assault Survey Goes Live - The Daily Collegian, 11/12/15

Sexual Assault Survey Aims to Measure Penn State Students' Knowledge - The Daily Collegian, 9/1/2015

Penn State Preparing to Launch a University-Wide Student Survey on Campus Climate - Penn State News, 8/28/15

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