Participation in campus climate survey announced

by Laura King / Beacon Staff • December 4, 2014

Nearly a third of students completed Emerson’s first collegewide survey on campus culture and sexual assault response and prevention policies, according an email to the college from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

The study, titled the Emerson360: Community Climate Survey, closed on Nov. 21. The survey saw a participation rate of 66 percent among faculty and staff, and 32 percent among students, according to the email. In total, 2,204 people took the survey, which was open for three weeks. The company that administered the survey, ModernThink, called it an “excellent” participation rate, according to the email.

“Thank you to the many students, staff, and faculty who worked on the surveys, from helping us construct survey questions to working so hard to get out the word about the surveys and encouraging everyone to take them,” the email says. “Without this tremendous support, this initiative would not have been successful.”

The survey was part of President M. Lee Pelton’s plan, announced early this semester, to improve sexual assault prevention and response at Emerson.

The school will get the survey results from ModernThink in January, according to the email, and then plans to present the results to the Emerson community.

The email said that groups will be formed to implement the findings from the survey.