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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:

Campus Climate Survey Tool
Reports of Findings
Outreach Strategy Toolkit
Lessons Learned Guide and Tools


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.

Campus Climate Survey Tool 2018 

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.

For more information about the Campus Climate Research Team’s consultation services, please visit: Consultation Services or contact Dr. Sarah McMahon at


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.


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