What is the purpose of the survey?

Who is asked to participate?

Is there an incentive for participation?

If a student has never experienced sexual violence, why should they participate?

What will be done with the results?

Where is the survey?

How long will it take?

How long will the survey be open?

Will students' answers be connected to their identity?

If I indicate on the survey that I have experienced sexual misconduct, will SOU identify my response or follow up with me?

Does this survey constitute a report of sexual misconduct to the university?

Why is it called the “Not Alone Survey”?

How was the survey developed?

Why are there questions about personal and intimate topics on the survey?

Why do you need to know my gender?

Why do you need to know where I take classes?

Why do you need to know my race and other demographics?

University Resources for Students

Community Reporting Options and Services

 

What is the purpose of the survey?

Our main goal is to generate school-specific data to improve institutional responses, including targeted prevention, intervention, support for victims, and accountability for offenders. These efforts are always more successful when they are tailored to the unique needs of individual campuses, which is why it is so important to have accurate school-specific data. When schools have a clear understanding of the climate around sexual assault as it actually exists on their campuses, they are in a better position to effectively prevent and respond to incidents of campus sexual assault. The regular administration of campus climate surveys can show changes over time, such as decreases in sexual assaults and increases in awareness or reporting, helping schools measure whether their prevention and response efforts are working. (Student Action Packet on Campus Climate Surveys: www.justice.gov/ovw). More information about campus climate surveys can be found at https://www.justice.gov/ovw/protecting-students-sexual-assault.

 Who is asked to participate?

All undergraduate students who are 18 years or over and who take at least one class on the Ashland or Medford campus are asked to participate. We especially want to encourage men to participate in this survey. While sexual violence is usually spoken of as an issue that primarily affects women, we know that many men also experience it. We can't know the extent of violence against men on our campus if men don't participate.

Is there an incentive for participation?

All students who complete the survey will receive a $10 Amazon gift card through their SOU email. This may take 1-2 weeks to arrive.

If a student has never experienced sexual violence, why should they participate?

We are not just asking about sexual violence in this survey. We also need to gather data on student awareness of policies, resources, and services available on campus, as well as student perceptions of campus leadership on this issue. These questions apply to all students.

If you have not experienced sexual violence, your participation is still vital to the accuracy of the data collected. If most students have not experienced sexual violence, but only those who have experienced sexual violence take the survey, our data will not be representative of the broader student population.

What will be done with the results?

A summary report of the survey findings will be made available to all students on the SOU website. The survey findings will be used to guide policies to encourage a healthy and safe environment at SOU as well as improve our sexual violence prevention efforts and services for victims.

Where is the survey?

A link to the survey will be sent to all students at their SOU email address on April 9th. Look for an email titled “NOT ALONE SURVEY.”

How long will it take?

About 15-20 minutes depending on your experiences.

How long will the survey be open?

The survey will be open from April 9th to June 2nd, 2017.

Will students' answers be connected to their identity?

No. Your responses to the survey questions will remain completely confidential and none of your survey responses will ever be associated with your identity. Your survey will be “anonymized” so that all identifiers will be removed. The Southern Oregon University Research Center will use an even higher standard than the SOU Protected Information Policy (https://inside.sou.edu/assets/policies/docs/FAD040-information-security.pdf) to protect the data gathered from this survey.

If I indicate on the survey that I have experienced sexual misconduct, will SOU identify my response or follow up with me?

No. The university cannot link your response to your identity.

Does this survey constitute a report of sexual misconduct to the university?

This survey is completely confidential and does NOT constitute notice to SOU of a Title IX prohibited conduct, and does not trigger a response from SOU. Should you wish to report Title IX prohibited conduct, the Southern Oregon University Anonymous Harassment, Violence, and Interpersonal Misconduct Form ( https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_7R7CCBciGNL473L) offers both anonymous and confidential reporting. Anyone can also make a report to local law enforcement at reportingoptions.org.

Why is it called the “Not Alone Survey”?

We want to emphasize that those who have experienced sexual violence are not alone. SOU is dedicated to providing services and support for those who have been victimized. Further, we want students, faculty, and staff to understand that we all play a part in preventing and intervening in situations of sexual violence. We are in this together.

How was the survey developed?

In 2015 the U.S. Justice Department successfully developed, tested, and validated a campus climate survey in the Campus Climate Survey Validation Study (CCSVS). The express intention of the CCSVS was to create a survey that meets the highest standards of survey research that can be used by any school to efficiently collect valid school-level data from students about their experiences with sexual assault on campus (Student Action Packet on Campus Climate Surveys: www.justice.gov/ovw). We are using a version of the CCSVS survey that has been tailored to SOU students. Results from a qualitative study of SOU's climate around sexual misconduct and feedback from SOU students that participated in the pilot testing of the survey have been incorporated into the Not Alone survey. More information about the CCSVS can be found at https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5540.

Why are there questions about personal and intimate topics on the survey?

Academic research has shown that the most accurate way to estimate the prevalence of sexual misconduct is to ask detailed questions about behaviors and experiences. These questions use names of body parts and may seem graphic. Established research practices guided the design of these questions.

Why do you need to know my gender?

Some questions in this survey include specific language about genitalia. In order to make the survey more relevant to you, we ask for your gender to determine the type of language that is included in these questions. We recognize that gender identity does not always correspond with one's genitalia. For this reason we have created a gender-neutral option for those who are nonbinary, agender, transgender, or questioning.

Why do you need to know where I take classes?

Pilot testing revealed that students who did not attend classes in Ashland felt unable to answer some of the questions regarding campus climate. For these students only, we have allowed a “no basis for opinion” answer category in these questions.

Why do you need to know my race and other demographics?

We ask these questions so that we can assess whether the students who have taken the survey are a representative sample of undergraduate students. If the students who take the survey are not a representative sample, our results will not be generalizable to the rest of the undergraduate population. For this reason, it is important that many different students with different experiences take this survey.

University Resources for Students

Reporting Options: Campus Choice site: https://inside.sou.edu/campuschoice/reporting-options.html

Title IX Confidential Advisor, Angela Fleischer, 541-552-7079, fleischea@sou.edu

Student Health and Wellness Center, Medical and Counseling Professionals, 541-552-6137

Title IX Coordinator, Marjorie Trueblood-Gamble, 541-552-6459 truebloom@sou.edu


Community Reporting Options and Services

Ashland Police Department's "YOU HAVE OPTIONS" program: reportingoptions.org

The nationally acclaimed Ashland Police Department (APD) victim/survivor-centered sexual assault response and reporting You Have Options Program provides an online reporting form that gives you the option to make an anonymous report. The website provides comprehensive information about your reporting options, frequently asked questions about sexual assault reporting, and local resources for victims/survivors of sexual assault.

Community Works Sexual Assault Victim Services (SAVS)
SAVS advocates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 541-779-4357 or 855-216-2111. This service is free and confidential. Community Works SAVS Advocates are not mandated reporters as mandated by Oregon State Law.
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