Skip to main content

Due to the University closure, most Student Affairs offices and buildings are closed on January 17, 2022. Before visiting, please confirm offices are operating. Virtual appointments and events may still be held. For information on specific buildings and services, please visit our campus closure information page


The Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey, administered in fall 2018, 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 spring 2022.

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. For more information, read the full task force report (PDF).

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 full list of questions, view the survey instrument under each survey year. 

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 Student Affairs Research and Assessment office.

    Explore in this Section
    Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey
    Penn State Student Affairs
    Research & Assessment

    105 White Building 
    University Park, PA 16802