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MSU Denver is committed to supporting an environment free from discrimination and violence.  To that end, the University is conducting a climate survey during the Spring 2015 semester to gather information about students' experiences with sexual and relationship violence.  The information provided through this anonymous climate survey will help the University improve its policies and procedures, outreach, and education related to sexual and relationship violence.  For more information, review the Timeline, Committee member information, and the FAQs below.  If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Dean of Student's Office by calling 303-556-3559.


Dear Students:

Campus climate matters at MSU Denver. As we move down the path of preeminence, it is very important that we work together to share our opinions and thoughts regarding our campus climate as it relates to your experiences involving sexual and relationship violence. Your voice in this area truly is valuable. We all have a stake in the continued success of our institution, and we need to hear your opinions about the things that matter to all of us.

To better understand how our policies, procedures, and resources related to sexual and relationship violence impact your academic and life-long success, we are conducting a Student Survey on Sexual Violence. Results of this confidential and anonymous survey will be used for our own continuous improvement as we work to support your success and meet our institutional goals. We want to know what you think is working well as well as identify areas for enhancement, so that we can improve upon them. We will use these results to explore new ways to help you be successful and help the University fulfill its mission.

We have engaged ModernThink, a management consulting firm that specializes in conducting surveys, to implement the survey. MSU Denver has worked with ModernThink on a number of different climate surveys, and we’re confident that their ability to provide you with a confidential, anonymous survey supports your ability to honestly share information with the University.  Topics include campus safety, experiences with sexual and relationship violence, willingness to report, and knowledge of policies and procedures available to students.

While the survey is comprehensive in scope, it is also concise and to the point. It should take only about 20 minutes to complete. I assure you that your responses will remain strictly confidential and anonymous as your individual responses will not be reported to MSU Denver and you will not be asked to provide any identifiable information.   You’ll take the survey on ModernThink’s website, where you’ll be provided with unique access information that no other MSU Denver student will know. Therefore, your responses will not be individually recognizable and your confidentiality will be protected. You’ll be able to access the survey wherever a computer is available, even at home. ModernThink will report the results to us in May 2015, and we will share those with the MSU Denver community.  

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions regarding the survey or the survey process, please do not hesitate to contact Michael Maza, Title IX Investigator in the Dean of Students Office, at 303-556-3559 or mmaza@msudenver.edu, or Amy Anders, ModernThink’s project manager for MSU Denver’s survey, at (888) 684-4658 or aanders@modernthink.com.

Thank you for your contribution to the survey.  Your candid and honest feedback is critical to the success of this endeavor.

Sincerely,

Stephen M. Jordan, Ph.D.
President

Fellow Students:

It is very important that we, as students, voice our opinions and experiences about MSU Denver. Gathering feedback and student opinions is essential to ensure that our university maintains excellence and continues to transform lives. The Student Survey on Sexual Violence is one way to tell our administrators and faculty what you think is being done well, and point out areas that need improvement related to the campus climate on sexual violence.

The responses to the Student Survey on Sexual Violence that a student provides are confidential and anonymous, and the results will be used to support MSU Denver’s continuous improvement as we work to meet our institutional goals. As a community we want to know what your experiences have been in regards to sexual violence, and related issues, while at MSU Denver. The institution will use these results to explore new ways to support our safety and success.

MSU Denver has engaged ModernThink LLC, a management-consulting firm that specializes in surveys at institutions of higher education, to implement the survey. The results from our survey will provide us with climate, experiential and perceptional information allowing for benchmarking and planning.

The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete. I assure you that your responses will remain strictly confidential and anonymous. No one at MSU Denver will have access to your individual responses, and you will not be asked to provide any information that could identify you personally.  You’ll take the survey on ModernThink’s website and you’ll be given unique access information to ensure your responses are not identifiable.  The results provided by ModernThink will not be linked to any individual responses.  You’ll be able to access the survey from any computer or mobile device. ModernThink will report the results to us by Fall 2015, and we will share those with the MSU Denver community.

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions regarding the survey or the survey process, please do not hesitate to contact Michael Maza, the Principal Investigator and Title IX Investigator in the Dean of Student’s Office, at 303-556-3559 or mmaza@msudenver.edu, or ModernThink’s Help Desk for MSU Denver's survey, at (888) 684-4658 or aanders@moderthink.com.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey and share your experiences; your candid and honest feedback will greatly benefit our MSU Denver community.

Best Regards,

Morgan Swaney
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Student Body Vice President 2014- 2015
mswaney1@msudenver.edu
TIV 307 (303) 552-7241

The MSU Denver Student Survey on Sexual Violence process began in August 2014 and will run through Fall 2015. The process has five phases.

Phase I: Consensus and Survey Design
Phase II: Communication, Marketing Plan
Phase III: Survey Implementation
Phase IV: Data Analysis
Phase V: Final Reports and Sharing of Results

Phase I: Consensus and Survey Design

The 2014-‘15 Student Survey on Sexual Violence Committee, chaired by Michael Maza, Title IX Investigator in the Dean of Student’s Office, and including representatives from major leadership units at the University as well as students, staff, and faculty members, convened in August 2014 to begin to develop the Student Survey on Sexual Violence, and in response to information gathered, develop implementation strategies for action items identified through the survey process.

The committee met to discuss the overall aspects of the survey, review possible survey materials and arrive at a consensus on the survey instrument, delivery methods and other phases of the survey. The committee developed the survey instrument in collaboration with ModernThink LLC, the external firm hired to conduct the survey.  After the survey tool development is complete, the Committee will submit the survey and implementation method to the Institutional Review Board for review and approval.  Target Date for Completion: November 2014

Phase II: Communication, Marketing Plan

During this phase, the leadership team will develop a comprehensive communication and marketing plan to alert MSU Denver students of the upcoming survey.  In coordination with the MSU Denver Marketing and Communications office, the campus climate committee and leadership team will develop communication material including letters of invitation, electronic marketing pieces, and the development of the official website.
Target Date for Completion: December 2014

Phase III: Survey Implementation

ModernThink will administer the survey for three weeks, from March 2 – 22, 2015. A random sample of the students will be invited to take the survey hosted on ModernThink’s secure website.

On March 2, 2015, the MSU Denver student sample group will receive an e-mail invitation from ModernThink to participate in the survey, which will include directions for taking the survey, who to contact with questions, and provide informed consent information. After clicking on the survey link, survey respondents will go directly to ModernThink’s website where they will access the survey.

Students will be able to take the survey at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from work or from home on any computer. Internet access is required. ModernThink and the Student Survey on Sexual Violence Committee will work together to achieve the highest possible response rates.
Target Date for Completion: March 2015

Phase IV: Data Analysis

During the month of April, ModernThink will analyze the data collected during the survey implementation. Specific tasks will include the following:

• Data coding and database management
• Data analysis (descriptive statistics, frequency tables)
• Initial development of overall institutional reports

Target Date for Completion: May 2015

Phase V: Final Reports and Sharing of Results

In May, ModernThink will provide the MSU Denver Student Survey on Sexual Violence Committee with institutional reports of the findings to be shared with leadership, faculty and staff, and students.  In addition, the Committee will begin its review of the final report to begin to develop recommendations for MSU Denver leadership to address campus climate and sexual violence-related issues. Target Date for Completion: Fall semester 2015

Student Survey on Sexual Violence Committee 2014-2015

 Name

Affiliation and Title

 

 

Michael Maza

Committee Chair/Principal Investigator, Dean of Students Office, Title IX Investigator

 303-556-3559

 

Myron Anderson

Associate to the President for Diversity

 

Cathy Clark

Faculty, Department of Social Work

 

Corey Cruz

Student

 

Jessica Frazier

Director, The Phoenix Center

 

Perla Gheiler

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Outreach, Marketing and Communications

 

Angela LeValley

Director, Office of Student Activities

 

Katherine Miller

Manager of Co-Curricular Programs, Institute for Women’s Studies and Services; Alumni

 

Percy A Morehouse Jr.

Executive Director of Equal Opportunity and Assistant to the President

 

Julie Sharer-Price

Administrative Support to Committee, President's Office

 

Morgan Swaney

Vice President, Student Government Association; Student

 

Tara Tull

Chair, Department of Human Services

 

Steve Willich

Director, GLBTSS at Auraria

 

In order to assist you with the Student Survey on Sexual Violence process, please find a list of frequently-asked-questions below:

Whom can I contact with additional questions about the Student Survey on Sexual Violence?

Should any questions, concerns or suggestions arise regarding the survey and/or the survey process, please do not hesitate to contact the Dean of Students Office at 303-556-3559.

Why is MSU Denver conducting a student experience survey on sexual violence?

With a long-term goal of becoming the preeminent public urban baccalaureate college in the nation while also supporting an environment that is safe and free from discrimination, gathering student perspectives on their experiences related to sexual violence and the University’s functioning helps the faculty and administration understand what currently works and what needs to be improved.  Improvement occurs when MSU Denver openly solicits candid and confidential feedback from all critical stakeholders and acts upon this feedback.  Disciplined follow-up on the survey findings will help continue to drive MSU Denver to future success. 

Why is now the right time for the survey?

Now more than ever, MSU Denver needs to understand how sexual violence, and how the University responds to sexual violence, may impact a student’s experience and the health of the MSU Denver community.  MSU Denver is committed to the success of students and the community at-large, and the University needs to hear from students about how sexual violence may be impacting their academic and life-long success. The survey will also provide a starting point (or baseline) for future input from students on University priorities and needs.

Why did MSU Denver select ModernThink LLC to conduct the survey?

ModernThink, LLC is a nationally recognized organization specializing in surveys of this kind for higher education.  Students are more likely to feel comfortable responding candidly to a survey administered by an external body, thus producing higher response rates.  The benchmark data results from ModernThink will provide MSU Denver valuable insight into programs and policies that are working well.  Additionally, the data from the survey will help to identify barriers that are detracting from students’ day-to-day experience and potentially impeding academic and/or social development.

How are students engaged in the assessment process?

The student responses to the Student Survey on Sexual Violence will help MSU Denver leaders take the pulse of the student population, highlight programs that are working well and identify barriers that are detracting from students’ day-to-day experience and potentially impeding academic and/or social development.

How was the survey process designed?

The Student Survey on Sexual Violence Committee, established in August 2014, was tasked with designating relevant benchmarks for the University, developing survey questions unique to MSU Denver and communicating about the survey to faculty and staff.  Chaired by Title IX Investigator Michael Maza, the committee includes representatives from faculty and staff, the President's Cabinet, and students. The committee worked with ModernThink to customize the Student Survey on Sexual Violence.  Additionally, ModernThink has worked with the committee to put a plan together to administer the survey, ensure confidentiality and aid in the dissemination of the results.

Was the survey approved by the MSU Denver Institutional Review Board (IRB)?

The Student Survey on Sexual Violence protocol and survey tool were submitted to the MSU Denver IRB in December 2014.  Based upon the protocol, it was determined that the purpose of the study (and the use of an external agency to collect and de-identify the data) allow for a determination of not research requiring IRB review.  The IRB determined that the proposed activity is not research involving human subjects as defined by DHHS and FDA regulations, and thus MSU Denver’s IRB review and approval is not required.

What areas will the survey focus on?

The Student Survey on Sexual Violence is comprised of four components:

Demographics - A series of questions that help the University understand the experiences of various academic, generational, and cultural groups.

Campus Climate and Perceptions - A series of belief statements designed to assess students’ attitudes about the campus atmosphere regarding sexual violence and students’ knowledge and use of the University’s policies and procedures related to sexual violence.

Prevalence – A series of questions aimed at gathering data related to the frequency with which students experience forms of sexual violence including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

Bystander Attitudes and Beliefs – A series of questions used to help the University understand students’ perception on their role in prevention and intervention of sexual violence.

How much time will it take to complete the survey?

The online survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. If a student is unable to complete the survey after it has started, a student will have the option to save responses and return later to complete the survey.

Why is my participation important?

The beliefs, attitudes, perceptions, and experiences of MSU Denver students are vital to how the University functions. The University needs to hear from students in order to address concerns and reinforce successes. Additionally, the more students that complete the survey will lead to a more accurate picture of students’ experiences of sexual violence.  This is a significant opportunity for students to anonymously share their experiences with the University.

Is my participation in the survey optional?

Yes, participation is completely voluntary.

How and when do I take the survey?

The survey will be available March 2 – March 22, 2015 on ModernThink’s secure website.  On March 2, randomly selected MSU Denver students will receive an e-mail invitation from ModernThink to participate in the survey. Once the survey link in the email is clicked, students will go directly to ModernThink’s website to enter the survey. 

A student may take the survey at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on any computer.  Internet access is required. 

Are my survey responses confidential?

Yes.  The purpose of the survey is to get honest feedback and to do that, MSU Denver guarantees that all responses will be completely confidential and data from the survey will be reported in the aggregate and not by individual responses.

To ensure confidentiality, MSU Denver is using an external partner (ModernThink) to administer the Web-based survey, which is automated with a secure Internet connection.

A student’s survey responses will be completed directly on ModernThink’s website. MSU Denver has no access to this website, and all processing will be done by ModernThink.

Students will not be asked to provide their name or student ID on the survey. The e-mail inviting students to take the survey will include unique access information for each user. This information is stored on the ModernThink server for their access only and will not be linked to a student’s individual survey responses.

No one at MSU Denver will know how a student personally responded to the survey. 

Can't my email address be used to track my responses?

No.  The survey will be completed on ModernThink’s secure website.  The e-mail address is only used to access the survey and to ensure that only one survey is completed per student.  

Why are demographics asked on the survey?

The demographic information (e.g., gender, age, etc.) will help ModernThink better understand the patterns and themes in the survey data.  As the confidentiality of responses is critical, ModernThink will not report a student’s individual demographic data.  Group demographic data will only be reported when there are five or more respondents in a particular group. Although the demographics are an optional piece of the survey, students are strongly encouraged to complete this information.

If I start the survey but am interrupted before I finish, can I access it again?

Yes.  Answers will be stored each time a student selects the SAVE AND CONTINUE button at the bottom of each survey page.  If a student gets interrupted, they can come back to the survey by logging in again to the ModernThink survey site to re-access the survey.  To protect confidentiality, a student will not be able to access the survey after they click the SUBMIT button on the last page of the survey.

What if I have problems accessing the survey site?

For technical questions or problems with the survey site, please contact the ModernThink Help Desk at (888) 684-4658 or aanders@modernthink.com, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. EST. After hours, leave a message and the ModernThink project manager will respond as promptly as possible.

How many students at MSU Denver need to respond to the survey to get meaningful data?

While a 100 percent response rate would be ideal, it is not necessary. The University would, however, like to see as high a response rate as possible. Average response rates for student surveys typically range between 40 percent and 65 percent.  

Once all the results are received, what's next?

The results from the survey will provide the University with climate, prevalence and student perception information allowing for benchmarking and planning. Furthermore, the institution will use the survey data to explore new ways to support student success and assist the University in fulfilling its mission.

The survey results will be shared to the MSU Denver Community in Fall 2015. 

How often will this type of survey occur?

While the formal timeline for the next survey is not yet established, MSU Denver plans to repeat the Student Survey on Sexual Violence process every two to three years. This year’s results will provide the University with important baseline data so that the University can track progress moving forward.

Why might responses for some student populations such as transgender or genderqueer not be included in the final survey report?

In order to protect the confidentiality of respondents, the University and ModernThink will not report information from sub-populations with fewer than five students, which means that the responses from some populations may not included in the report.

Will faculty, students, and staff be involved in the implementation efforts related to these data?

Faculty, staff and students have been involved in the survey's design from the project's inception.  Faculty, staff, students, and student organizations will be sought out for feedback and participation in immediate and long-term recommendations and implementation plans.

In this section, you can review the data from the survey by clicking on the files below.

2015 Sexual Violence - Respondent demographics - identifies the demographics of students that participated in the survey.

2015 Sexual Violence - Responses by Demographics - identifies the responses to the Climate and Perceptions, Knowledge of Policies and Procedures, and Fair Treatment questions by respondent demographics.

2015 Sexual Violence - Responses by current status - identifies the response distribution by a students' current status (i.e. academic standing) to the Climate and Perceptions, Knowledge of Policies and Procedures, and Fair Treatment questions.

2015 Sexual Violence - Incident occurrence by current status - identifies the response distribution to the Incident Occurrence questions based upon students' current status.

2015 Sexual Violence - Incident occurrence responses by gender - identifies the response distribution to the Incident Occurrence questions based upon students' gender.

If you are in need of help now, you can contact the MSU Denver Counseling Center by calling 303-556-3132, the Health Center Victim's Assistance Services by calling 303-352-4357, or contact The Phoenix Center's 24-hour hotline by calling 303-556-2255.

To report an incident of sexual misconduct, please visit the Dean of Students Office Reporting Options and Considerations page for more information, call 303-556-3559, or go to the page.

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