Sexual Assault Surveys

Registration for the 2019-2020 HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Surveys is closed.

HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Surveys

HEDS offers three different campus climate surveys on sexual assault and sexual violence–one for undergraduate students, one for advanced degree students, and one for faculty, staff, and administrators. These surveys are designed for and have been used by public and private institutions, from community colleges to research universities. Institutions that administer to multiple populations will receive a discount on the additional surveys.

All three surveys ask respondents about their perceptions of their campus’s climate, their perceptions of how their institution responds to sexual assaults, and whether they have experienced unwanted sexual contact or sexual assault. The survey for faculty, staff, and administrators also asks respondents how well they know their institution’s procedures for reporting incidents of sexual violence, whether they’ve talked with victims of sexual violence, and whether they’ve reported these incidents. Administering all three surveys will provide a full picture of your campus climate and the extent to which student, faculty, staff, and administrator perceptions align on key issues related to sexual violence. If your institution is in the state of New York, we can add questions to the end of your survey, at no cost, so that the survey satisfies the requirements of the State of New York Senate Bill S5965.

The surveys usually take less than 15 minutes to complete. Due to the surveys’ sensitive subject matter, responses for all three surveys are anonymous, and the surveys can only be administered to those 18 years of age and older. All three surveys are designed for people who spend a significant amount of time on campus, not for online students or for employees who work remotely.

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You can administer these surveys for any 3–6 week period between December 1, 2019, and April 30, 2020. Please register at least 3 weeks prior to the date on which you plan to begin administering the survey.

Given the sensitive nature of the data from these surveys, we suggest that you work with your campus’s institutional review board (IRB) to review the procedures you’ll follow to ensure that everyone on campus treats these survey data with appropriate care. Your procedures should protect the anonymity of the people who respond and their responses. IRB approval will help to assure your campus constituencies that your institution is treating the survey data and findings appropriately.

All participating institutions will receive:

  • SPSS and Microsoft Excel files with your institution’s survey data (responses removed or combined with others when needed to keep responses anonymous; open-ended text responses in a separate file). We will review open-ended text responses and remove the names of anyone accused of sexual harassment and/or sexual violence.
  • Reports that compare your institution’s results to those of all other participating institutions on all survey questions and indicators.
  • Compilation of your students’ responses to the open-ended questions at the end of the survey.

For the undergraduate survey, institutions in HEDS will also receive an interactive report that compares your students’ mean scores on several key indicators in the HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey to those of students from other HEDS institutions that have participated in this survey. You can create customized comparison groups with this report.

YES!  Here’s how:

  • We insert your institution’s name at the top of each page of the survey and in the text of applicable questions
  • You can add supplemental questions at the end of the survey
  • You can customize the survey invitations and reminders

The base cost of the survey is $500 for institutions in HEDS and $2,000 for institutions not in HEDS. There are some custom options for additional fees. Institutions that administer to multiple populations will receive a discount on the additional surveys.

To learn more about becoming a HEDS member, please visit our Join HEDS page.

Laura Palucki Blake, Harvey Mudd College

“The results of our HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey have helped us organize our efforts and focus attention around three major findings: education and outreach, the importance of susceptible situations and the experiences of susceptible populations.”


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“The HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey helped our institution tell its story about the sexual assault climate. Moreover, it provided us with a baseline as well as allowed us to compare ourselves with other liberal arts colleges. It helped us dispel certain myths, and helped us identify areas we need to improve on.”


Erika Farfan, Kenyon College

“Kenyon first used the HEDS survey in 2015 to get a basic understanding of our campus climate around sexual misconduct. We hadn’t investigated sexual violence and harassment on our campus to such an extent and were in the midst of a Title IX policy change. We shared the results widely on our campus to help support transparent conversations about out campus culture. Two years later we’re hoping to get some data about the effectiveness of our previous policy changes and further support some of the difficult conversations that our students and employees have been having around sexual violence.”


Ellenor Anderbyrne, Beloit College

“The results of the HEDS Sexual Assault Survey drove the agenda for a senior capstone course that focused on how to improve the campus climate and reduce sexual assaults at Beloit College. The students in the course studied and analyzed the data, researched solutions, and created a prioritized agenda, which the college is now putting into action. For example, based on the recommendations of the capstone students, the college has put into a place a support group for students who have experienced sexual victimization.”

Registration for the 2019-2020 HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Surveys is closed.

Please contact Lisa Kidd if you are interested in the 2020-2021 survey or have questions.