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Campus Climate Survey

Starting on October 1st, Avila will be undertaking it’s first-ever Campus Climate Survey. Avila Campus Climate Survey is a campus-wide survey of all students. This confidential survey will assess student’s attitudes, perceptions, and experiences related to sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking to provide an accurate sense of the scope and nature of their occurrence. With a deeper understanding of these important issues, Avila administrators can make significant improvements to programs and services to protect, educate, and support our students.

FAQs

What is the campus climate survey and why is Avila administering one?

On October 1, 2019 Avila University will be administering it’s first-ever sexual assault and misconduct climate survey. The confidential survey will allow Avila University to examine the prevalence and incidence of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking (SDDVS), attitudes among students about the campus climate regarding SDDVS, knowledge of university resources available to students and perceived reactions to an incident of SDDVS. The survey is designed to gather information to help inform policies and practices for preventing and responding to SDDVS and misconduct.

Why should I participate in the survey?

This is your opportunity to let Avila know about your perspectives and experiences around issues of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking. Speaking your truth is vital in helping us identify areas that need attention and in informing future policies, initiatives and programs.

How will the information from the survey be used?

Your responses are important for developing policies and prevention tools to reduce sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking on campus and to provide better support systems for people who have experienced sexual assault and domestic violence.

Who is conducting the survey?

The campus climate survey is being led by the Eagles Aware, Title IX and Criminology departments.

Is the survey confidential?

The survey will not ask you to provide any identifying information and your responses are confidential. In the event of any publication or presentation of the survey results, no personally identifiable information will be shared. Survey responses will be reported in terms of groups of students rather than as individual cases.

When will the survey be open?

All Avila students can take the campus climate survey between October 1st and October 31st.

Why do I keep receiving email reminders to complete the survey when I have already completed the survey?

The survey is confidential, therefore we do not know if you have completed the survey or not. For this reason, all students are receiving reminders to complete the survey.

How long does it take to complete the survey?

The survey typically takes 20-30 minutes to complete.

How do I access the survey?

All currently enrolled Avila students (full time and part-time) will receive an email with a link to take the survey.

Why are you asking about such sensitive topics and using explicit language?

We recognize the intense nature of some the survey questions. To have a complete understanding of the full climate at Avila University, it is important that we use clear language so that participants understand exactly what we are asking. If you find that taking the survey is difficult for you and you wish to speak to a confidential resource, there are several options available on-campus. Confidential resources are listed within the survey and they have been provided below as well.

Counseling and Career Services
Counseling services provides free professional and confidential counseling to all Avila students. To make an appointment call (816) 501-3767 or email counseling@avila.edu  

Eagles Aware
The Eagles Aware program provides confidential victim services, such as reporting options, referrals and assistance accessing victim advocacy support, safety planning and campus commendations. The Eagles Aware program also provides prevention and education around sexual assault, relationship abuse and stalking. This program serves all members of the Avila community including students, faculty and staff. Contact Eagles Aware at (816) 501-2909 or email EaglesAware@avila.edu 

Office of Ministry, Spirituality and Action (OMSA)
Ministry staff are available to provide confidential pastoral counseling and assistance. OMSA serves everyone, of all faith backgrounds, to build unity within the Avila community. Contact OMSA at (816) 501-2423 or (816) 501-0427.

When will the data from the survey be released?

A report summarizing the survey’s findings will be shared with the campus community in the spring of 2020.

If I indicate on the survey that I have experienced sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and/or stalking, does this constitute a report to the university? Will Avila identify my response or follow up with me?

Due to the survey being confidential, the university cannot link your responses to your identity. Responses to survey questions do not constitute notice to the university or Title IX. If you wish to make a report, please contact the Title IX Co-Coordinators at the information below: Title IX Co-Coordinators:

  • Director of Human Resources Phone number: (816) 501-3618
  • Assistant Vice President of Student Development and Success Phone number: (816) 501-3748

If you are unsure whether you wish to make a report, you can discuss options with one of the university’s confidential resources listed below.

Will the survey be accessible to students with visual and other disabilities?

This is an online survey and the survey platform is compatible with screen reader software. The appropriate steps will be taken to ensure that the survey is accessible to all students. If you have questions about the survey or have difficulty accessing it, please send an e-mail to sara.eckinger@avila.edu or call 816-501-2909.

What do I do if an advertisement popped up at the end of the survey and I wasn't able to register for prizes?

Students who decide to participate in the Campus Climate Survey will be eligible to win weekly prizes including $10, $25, $50 gift cards and AU swag. After completing the survey, you will be prompted to click a link and enter your name and email address in a separate Google doc. Your entry to win will in no way be connected to your survey responses. If an advertisement pops up, click back on the main page and it should disappear. You are not required to answer a certain number of questions, or report specific experiences to be eligible for the weekly prizes. If you still have questions or issues please contact Sara Eckinger at sara.eckinger@avila.edu or 816-501-2909.

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