U-M participating in second AAU survey on sexual misconduct


The University of Michigan is participating in the Association of American Universities’ second national campus climate survey on sexual assault and misconduct.

All U-M undergraduate, graduate and professional students on the Ann Arbor campus will receive an invitation to participate in the survey in an email from Student Life on Friday. The survey will be open for completion until March 2.

“An important step for our university is to continue to assess the campus climate and culture in relation to sexual misconduct,” President Mark Schlissel said in a message to all students.

“Learning about the experiences of students and the degree to which students feel safe and respected will help us to better understand how we can more effectively address and prevent sexual misconduct on our campus.”

The 2019 AAU survey is a follow-up to the landmark 2015 AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct, which surveyed more than 150,000 graduate, undergraduate and professional students across the country.

The 2019 survey participants — 33 public and private research universities — total more than 870,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students, making this survey among the largest ever on sexual misconduct.

Westat, a leading social science research firm, will conduct the survey and analyze survey results.

The survey will capture characteristics and frequency of campus sexual assault and misconduct, and will assess campus climate in a manner that further protects student confidentiality and allows for data sharing across universities.

The survey will be completely confidential. Because of that commitment, all students will receive reminder messages to complete the survey, even if they have completed it, until the survey period closes.

AAU will publicly report aggregate results from across the participating AAU campuses. Westat will provide each institution, including U-M, with its own data. U-M will make the data available to the public on its website.


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