Sexual Assault Survey

2017 HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey

The HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey asks students about their perceptions of their campus’s climate for unwanted sexual contact and sexual assault, their perceptions of how their institution responds to sexual assaults, and whether and how often they have experienced unwanted sexual contact or sexual assault.

Depending on whether students have experienced unwanted sexual contact or sexual assault, the HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey usually takes less than 15 minutes to complete. The survey can be administered to undergraduate and graduate students 18 years of age and older and is meant for students who spend a significant amount of time on campus, not for students who take their courses strictly online.

You can administer the HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey for any 3–6 week period between January 15 and April 30, 2017.

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 frequency report that compares your students to students at all other participating institutions on all of the survey’s questions, a compilation of your students’ responses to the open-ended questions at the end of the survey, and an SPSS and/or Microsoft Excel file with your participants’ responses (in order to protect student anonymity, we recode response options into broader categories and remove student responses when necessary.).

Institutions in HEDS will also receive an interactive report that compares your students’ mean scores on several key indicators in the HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey to those of students from other HEDS institutions that have participated in this survey. You can create customized comparison groups with this report.

Please note that if you have a small number of completed surveys and/or a small number of students who report that they have experienced sexual assault, it may impact the summary data we can provide you.

We will not identify publicly the institutions that participated in the survey or that are in any comparison group in reports, nor will we publish or publicly present any summaries or analyses of the survey data. All of our analyses will be shared only with institutions that participated in the survey.

The base cost of the survey is $500 for institutions in HEDS and $1,700 for institutions not in HEDS. There are some custom options for additional fees.

Laura Palucki Blake, Harvey Mudd College

“The results of our HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey have helped us organize our efforts and focus attention around three major findings: education and outreach, the importance of susceptible situations and the experiences of susceptible populations.”


Contact at HEDS Member Institution

“The HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey helped our institution tell its story about the sexual assault climate. Moreover, it provided us with a baseline as well as allowed us to compare ourselves with other liberal arts colleges. It helped us dispel certain myths, and helped us identify areas we need to improve on.”


Erika Farfan, Kenyon College

“Kenyon first used the HEDS survey in 2015 to get a basic understanding of our campus climate around sexual misconduct. We hadn’t investigated sexual violence and harassment on our campus to such an extent and were in the midst of a Title IX policy change. We shared the results widely on our campus to help support transparent conversations about out campus culture. Two years later we’re hoping to get some data about the effectiveness of our previous policy changes and further support some of the difficult conversations that our students and employees have been having around sexual violence.”


Ellenor Anderbyrne, Beloit College

“The results of the HEDS Sexual Assault Survey drove the agenda for a senior capstone course that focused on how to improve the campus climate and reduce sexual assaults at Beloit College. The students in the course studied and analyzed the data, researched solutions, and created a prioritized agenda, which the college is now putting into action. For example, based on the recommendations of the capstone students, the college has put into a place a support group for students who have experienced sexual victimization.”

The HEDS Consortium supports the efforts of colleges and universities to prevent sexual assault, to help victims of sexual assault, and to ensure safe campus environments for all students. We will make a donation to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, for every institution that participates in the 2017 HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey.

Registration for the 2017 HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey is closed.

Registration for the 2018 administration of this survey will be open in the fall. Please contact us for more information.