Campus Climate Survey
2019 Sexual Violence Prevention Climate Survey Results:
Consistent with New York State Education Law 129-B and policies of The State University of New York, SUNY College of Optometry participated in the 2019 University-wide Biennial SUNY Uniform Campus Climate Survey (03/25 – 04/22/2019). The Survey gathered information about student and employee experience with sexual and interpersonal violence and knowledge of policies and resources.
88 students and 121 employees completed the survey, for response rates of 22% and 30%, respectively.
In the survey, NO student reported that they were subjected to sexual assault in the prior year. 24% of female students and no male student reported that they were subject to sexual harassment in the prior year. For this survey, included as Sexual Harassment are such acts as: (1) experiencing unwanted sexual comments, sexual slurs, or demeaning jokes; (2) being aware of someone viewing your sexual activity or nakedness without consent, or taking explicit pictures or recordings without your consent; and (3) having received unwanted sexually suggestive digital communications, either words or images or both, including emails, texts, social media communications, or in letters or other written communications. In the survey, 88% of students are aware of the college policies and procedures regarding sexual assault, 83% of students indicated familiarity with affirmative consent, 74% percent indicated that they knew where to report, and 20% could identify the Title IX Coordinator.
SUNY College of Optometry, working with SUNY and community colleagues (including students, faculty, and, staff), will use these data to improve response to violence, develop prevention programs, and will continue to study the issue.
The next Climate Survey will be administered in the Spring Semester of 2021. More information about the Survey is available at suny.edu.