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It is the University’s responsibility to provide a safe, supportive environment where you can achieve academic success and personal growth. Unfortunately, the issue of sexual assault and gender-based violence is prevalent on college campuses nationwide. The University of Hawaii has made significant progress towards addressing this critical problem, but we can do more.

Campus climate surveys are important tools that are used to help colleges prevent sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence. These surveys measure the prevalence of gender-based violence on campus and gauge students’ attitudes and behaviors.

In January 2017, UH launched a climate survey on sexual harassment and gender-based violence across all ten campuses. The survey gave students an opportunity to share their experiences and perceptions on how sexual misconduct on their campus.

Climate Survey FAQs

An online research survey of UH students about sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking. The survey is called the “UH Student Campus Climate Survey Regarding Sexual Harassment & Gender-Based Violence”.

Participation in the survey is voluntary. Survey responses are confidential. A National Institutes for Health Certificate of Confidentiality (CoC) was obtained for this survey to protect the privacy of participants. For more info about the CoC and the protections provided, visit the NIH website at the link: https://humansubjects.nih.gov/coc/faqs.

The survey will be an IRB-approved, evidence-based, data-driven approach to addressing sexual harassment and gender-based violence on all UH campuses.

The survey is being coordinated by UH’s Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) and guided by the UH Student Campus Climate Survey Advisory Group, consisting of UH faculty members, Title IX Coordinators, staff, and students. This Group has been working closely with OIE and the survey research team, which includes Drs. Sandra Martin and Bonnie Fisher. The OmniTrak Group, Inc. will be administering the survey.

Planning and promoting participation in the survey is being led by the UH Campus Climate Survey Student Roll Out Committee. The Committee consists of undergraduate and graduate student representatives from various campuses and has been working closely with OIE.

A customized link to the online survey will be emailed to all UH students at their hawaii.edu email address.

Students who prefer to respond to paper copies of the survey or surveys with key sections (Consent Form and Key Instructions) translated into Tagalog, Korean, Mandarin or Japanese, may call the OmniTrak survey hotline at: (808)-538-6227.

Hard copies of the survey (including translated sections) will be mailed to the student upon request. The student can complete a hard copy and return the survey via mail.

The purpose of the survey is to gather information from students about:

  • Their campus environment related to sexual harassment and gender-based violence.
  • How well students believe the UH community responds to and addresses their concerns.
  • Their awareness of resource and reporting options for those experiencing sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking, and interpersonal violence (domestic and dating violence).
  • Prevalence (e.g., how widespread) and incidence (e.g., how often) of sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking, and interpersonal violence on our campuses.

The survey represents President Lassner’s and the UH’s commitment to raising awareness about sexual harassment and gender-based violence, addressing students’ experiences and concerns about their personal safety, and ensuring a safe learning and working environment.

The survey also fulfills the requirements of a new Hawai‛i law, Act 208, which requires UH to conduct a campus climate survey of students by March 31, 2017 and to repeat the survey every two years.

Data from the survey will be analyzed and presented in aggregate form in a report. The results will establish a baseline for assessing UH’s progress as it addresses these issues, and as a resource to sustain the community’s commitment to work together to ensure safe and inclusive campuses.

The aggregate data will also be incorporated in the UH Action Plan to guide future programmatic, education and training initiatives as well as the development of policies and procedures regarding sexual harassment and gender-based violence.

The report is expected to contain valuable information about marginalized groups on campus and their varying levels of risk. It will be important for UH to dig deeply into those data to address dynamics of power and privilege to meet the needs of many of its students.

Students who want to receive assistance or information in a confidential, private setting on their campus or in their community can find the right resource for them by going to: https://www.hawaii.edu/titleix/confidential/

Students who are ready to make a formal report about their experience to the University should contact their campus Title IX Coordinator by going to: https://www.hawaii.edu/titleix/coordinators/