Faculty/Staff Survey of Campus Climate for Sexual Violence

2018 HEDS Faculty/Staff Survey of Campus Climate for Sexual Violence

The HEDS Faculty/Staff Survey of Campus Climate for Sexual Violence asks faculty, staff, and administrators:

  • About their perceptions of their campus’s climate and how their institution addresses and responds to instances of sexual violence
  • Their understanding of their institution’s procedures for reporting incidents of sexual violence
  • Whether they have talked to people at their institution who have experienced sexual violence
  • If they have reported instances of sexual violence to the Title IX coordinator or other campus officials
  • Whether or not they have experienced sexual violence during the course of their work on campus


This survey follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition of sexual violence as “sexual acts committed against someone without that person’s freely given consent.” Sexual violence includes:

  • Completed or attempted forced penetration of a victim (whether alcohol/drug-facilitated or not)
  • Completed or attempted forced acts in which a victim is made to penetrate a perpetrator or someone else (whether alcohol/drug-facilitated or not)
  • Non-physically forced penetration which occurs after a person is pressured verbally or through intimidation or misuse of authority to consent or acquiesce
  • Unwanted sexual contact
  • Unwanted sexual experiences that do not include physical contact (including verbal sexual harassment)

Experiences commonly referred to as rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment are types of sexual violence.

The survey is designed to be administered to all faculty, staff, and administrators on a campus. The survey usually takes less than 10 minutes to complete, and people’s responses are anonymous.

The questions in this survey parallel the questions in our student survey, the HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey. Your campus can administer both surveys to gain a full picture of your campus climate and the extent to which perceptions of students, faculty, staff, and administrators align on key issues related to sexual violence.

You can administer the HEDS Faculty/Staff Survey of Campus Climate for Sexual Violence for any 3–6 week period between January 15 and April 30, 2018.

You must register at least 3 weeks prior to the date on which you plan to begin administering the survey.

All institutions will receive a report with comparative data as well as a SPSS and/or Microsoft Excel file with your participants’ responses. We will review open-ended text responses and remove individuals’ names if respondents identify people by name. We will add values/labels to SPSS files.

Institutions in HEDS will also receive additional unmasked, summary, comparative data for participating HEDS institutions.

The base cost of the survey is $500 for institutions in HEDS and $1,800 for institutions not in HEDS. There are some custom options for additional fees.

Registration for the 2018 HEDS Faculty/Staff Survey of Campus Climate for Sexual Violence has closed. Information about the 2019 survey will be posted in the fall.

Please contact Kirsten Skillrud if you have questions.