Understanding and Responding to Campus Sexual Assault:
Comprehensive Campus Climate Assessment
In 2014, Rutgers University was asked by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault to pilot a campus climate survey tool developed by the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. During the 2014–2015 academic year, researchers from the Center on Violence Against Women and Children engaged in a comprehensive campus climate assessment project at Rutgers University–New Brunswick entitled “ #iSPEAK”. Below are a number of resources for other colleges and universities including:
In 2018, researchers at VAWC re-administered the Campus Climate survey and are in the process analyzing the results. Below is the modified iSPEAK survey tool used for the 2018 Campus Climate survey. Reports of the findings will be posted when available.
For further information or consultation
The Campus Climate Assessment research team is now offering consultation services to dive into greater depth for some or all parts of campus climate assessments for post-secondary institutions.
The authors thank the members of the Advisory Board for their input and support. Additionally, the team would like to acknowledge the support for this project from Richard Edwards, Chancellor of Rutgers University - New Brunswick; Felicia McGinty, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and Cathryn Potter, Dean of the School of Social Work. Finally, the authors wish to thank the university administrators and staff who participated in activities related to the project.
For support regarding sexual violence
These documents address the issue of campus sexual violence which may be a difficult topic for some readers.
- To speak confidentially with a trained advocate or counselor, contact the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 848-932-1181. Services are free and confidential to all members of the Rutgers University community.
- For assistance outside of Rutgers, please visit the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault or the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network.