SUNY Sexual Violence Prevention (SVP) Campus Climate Survey

Executive Summary

In the spring of 2017, Finger Lakes Community College administered the SUNY Sexual Violence Prevention (SVP) Campus Climate Survey to students. A separate survey was simultaneously administered to faculty and staff at FLCC. By law, every SUNY campus was required to participate in the administration of these uniform surveys which were intended to ascertain faculty and staff awareness of polices and resources, and student experience with and knowledge of college adjudicatory policies for sexual harassment, including sexual violence and other related crimes.

The survey was distributed to all 3,527 students over age 18, of which 111 students (3.15%) responded to the survey. Of the 742 full and part-time college employees surveyed, 121 (16.31%) completed the survey. The survey submissions were anonymous and reported to the College in aggregates from Campus Labs, the 3rd party company retained by SUNY to provide the technology to administer the survey.

The survey results indicate that a strong majority of students who responded are familiar with the policies, procedures (80.58%) and available resources on and off campus. Results further indicate that students are aware of the SUNY definition of affirmative consent (86.54%), are able to recognize that someone who is incapacitated cannot provide consent (88.48%) and are generally aware of the difference between the college disciplinary process and the criminal justice system (57.95%). The majority of students reported that they knew how to report varying acts of sexual misconduct to the college, while 33.98% reported that they did not know to whom a victim/survivor or witness should formally disclose an act of sexual misconduct.

The majority of students were aware of campus safety's role as both a place where victims/survivors or witnesses can formally disclose a sexual assault on campus (82.42%) and as a source for resources (88.61%). Additionally, the majority of students were able to identify Title IX coordinators (54.43%), Student Health Services (68.35%), local police/sheriff (79.75%), and local health services (including hospitals) (62.03%) as sources for resources for sexual and interpersonal violence.

The survey results also support the need to help students more fully understand the role of campus Title IX coordinators and how to find them.

Results indicate that faculty and staff are aware of the policies and procedures (95.65%), and indicate high levels of awareness of the variety of available resources on and off campus. Likewise, results indicate that faculty and staff are aware of the role of the campus Title IX coordinators and how to contact them.

The majority of employees reported that they were aware of the definition of affirmative consent (86.32%), are aware of the difference between college disciplinary process and the criminal justice system (82.46%), and know how to advise students on where to get help on campus (77.59%). Only a small percent of employees (4.39%) responded indicating they did not know to whom a victim/survivor or witness could formally disclose a sexual assault to on campus.

FLCC will use the findings of the survey to continue to improve training, prevention, support and adjudication as part of ongoing efforts to achieve a campus environment free of sexual assault and misconduct. Specifically, the Title IX coordinators are working with the survey data and internal report to develop specific responses as warranted.

The internal report detailing the results in greater specificity can be found at www.flcc.edu/pdf/safety/svp-survey-results-report.pdf.

SUNY Sexual Violence Prevention (SVP) Campus Climate Survey Results Report

If you have any questions about the survey or its results, please feel free to contact:

Dr. Debora Ortloff
Chief Officer for Assessment, Planning and Continuous Improvement
Phone (585) 785-1351
Debora.Ortloff@flcc.edu

Or

FLCC's Title IX Coordinators

Kate Burns
Human Resources Compliance Coordinator
Title IX Coordinator
Phone (585) 785-1466
Catherine.Burns@flcc.edu

Sarah Whiffen
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Title IX Coordinator
Phone (585) 785-1284
Sarah.Whiffen@flcc.edu