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Results of fall 2017 climate survey now available

The results of the University of Alaska’s 2017 Campus Climate Survey are now available for review on the Title IX compliance website. The report provides current prevalence estimates projecting the number of university students that experienced sexual misconduct, dating violence, stalking/harassment or sexual assault. Additionally, whether and to whom the incidences were reported, the likelihood of students to engage in protective behaviors and interventions in the future, and students’ assessments of the university’s campus climate. The report establishes baseline data for future study.  

The university has taken significant steps toward addressing sexual assault and misconduct on its campuses, and has been public about past failings. This survey affirms the progress made to create a safer campus environment while underscoring that more needs to be done to improve our culture and meet our standards for recognizing and addressing sex discrimination and sexual misconduct. This ongoing work will involve each university and community campus using the climate survey’s findings to inform decisions and take further action.

University leaders and the Board of Regents recognize that a culture shift requires constant  vigilance. UA is dedicated to improving campus safety and working toward a culture that does not tolerate sexual misconduct. This is demonstrated through the university’s establishment of policies and procedures preventing sex discrimination and sexual misconduct, implementation of mandatory student and employee Title IX training, providing extensive prevention outreach and activities across Alaska, migration to a single system for case management, thorough case documentation, an internal audit of all Title IX case files, comprehensive process review and many other systemic changes. Our steadfast commitment to making this cultural shift means more awareness, improving training for staff, faculty and students and even further dedication to prevent sexual misconduct, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault. 

The survey was conducted by the UAA Justice Center in October 2017. It was emailed to 10,000 degree-seeking undergraduate students. Of those, 710 students self-selected to participate. The survey is part of the university’s Voluntary Resolution Agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and will be conducted each academic year. 

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