U-M surveying community related to sexual harassment, misconduct


The University of Michigan has contracted Rankin Climate, an external and independent campus climate assessment firm, to conduct an evaluation of individual perspectives and experiences regarding sexual harassment and misconduct.

As part of the university’s ongoing efforts to address sexual harassment and misconduct on all three of U-M’s campuses and at Michigan Medicine, the aggregate data from the anonymous survey will be used to assess current prevention, education and response programs, and inform future policies and programs geared toward creating a safer and more inclusive campus environment.

“We believe our institutional mission can only be fulfilled if we proactively work to prevent sexual harassment from occurring, by supporting the creation of diverse, inclusive and respectful working and learning campus communities, and by offering supportive responses and effective education programs,” said President Santa J. Ono.

A random representative sample of students, faculty and staff on each campus and Michigan Medicine will receive an email invitation to complete the survey using a sample survey methodology. Sample surveys are recognized as the gold standard for collecting comprehensive reliable information representing the range of campus experiences.

Rankin Climate will send the randomly selected survey participants a link to complete the survey beginning on March 4.

The survey is designed to assess perceptions and experiences related to a wide range of issues around sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct that impact students, staff and faculty.

The survey will take respondents approximately 15 minutes to complete, and responses will be confidential. No one from the university will have access to any identifying information.

The ARC3 Campus Climate Survey Related to Sex and Gender was created by the Administrator-Researcher Campus Climate Collaborative, a collaborative of national experts in sexual harassment and misconduct and survey research.

“Developing a nuanced understanding of the varied experiences of our community is a critical part of continuing to improve how we work toward creating a more inclusive and equitable campus environment,” Ono said.

Findings from the survey will be shared with campus communities in Fall 2024.

The U-M Ann Arbor campus last conducted climate surveys for students related to sexual misconduct in 2015 and 2019 with the Association of American Universities’ national campus climate surveys on sexual assault and misconduct.


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