University of Vermont

Campus Climate Survey

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I take the survey?

You received an e-mail on April 4, 2011 from The Center for Rural Studies that has a link that will enable you to participate in the 2011 Campus Climate Survey.

What is the purpose of the campus climate survey?

The purpose of the campus climate study is to gather data on the campus community experiences on campus. The data is to help inform the university’s efforts to create a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive campus community.

What is the survey process?

Every employee will receive an e-mail invitation to the take the campus culture survey. This email will contain instructions, as well as a link to the survey. Respondents are only allowed to complete the survey once. A hard copy of the survey is available in the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, 428 Waterman Building.

What role did students, faculty and staff have in creating the campus climate survey?

Over the past 1½ years there has been a core committee of students, faculty scholars and staff with expertise in statistical analysis help to create the survey tools. The Chief Diversity Officer, Presidential Commissions, Director of Institutional Research provided feedback on the process, survey design and implementation process.

What areas will the survey focus on?

The survey solicits feedback on a broad range of topics such as discrimination, multicultural competency, personal beliefs and attitudes, sexual harassment, physical access, work/life balance and harassment and bias.

How much time will it take to complete the survey?

Prior testing of the survey indicated that it will take you approximately 25 minutes to complete. If you are unable to complete the survey after you begin, you will have the option to save your responses and access them later. The survey is a mixture of multiple choice and a couple of open ended questions. There are several demographics questions at the end of the survey (gender, age, race, ethnicity, etc).

Summary of Measures put in place to insure that your responses are confidential:

Names and e-mail addresses will be stored separately from the survey data and there will be no ability to match survey data to e-mail addresses or names. All data will be stored securely on the research team’s server. No one other than members of the research team has access to the database. Data will only be reported in aggregate form and never in a way attributable to you as an individual.

Why is my participation important?

As a student, faculty and staff member of the University of Vermont, your opinion matters. We need to hear from you in order to address concerns and reinforce successes. The higher response rates give a more accurate picture of the University. This is a great opportunity for you to share your ideas, opinions, and solutions by participating in the survey.

Who is eligible to participate in the survey?

All full and part-time Faculty and Staff as well as all undergraduate and graduate students.

Are my survey responses confidential?

Yes. We want to get honest feedback. All responses will be completely confidential.

Who will be administering the survey?

The Center for Rural Studies at the University of Vermont. It works with people and communities to address social, economic, and resource-based challenges through applied research, community outreach, program evaluation, and consulting. Please visit their website at


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