As required by New York State Education Law 129-B and policies of The State University of New York (SUNY), each SUNY State-operated and community college conducts a uniform climate survey every year. By SUNY policy this uniform survey ascertains faculty and staff awareness of policies and resources, and student experience with and knowledge of reporting and college adjudicatory processes for sexual harassment, including sexual violence and other related crimes. The survey is voluntary and anonymous. No one under the age of 18 is surveyed.
For more information about the SUNY policy, go to http://system.suny.edu/sexual-violence-prevention-workgroup/policies/campus-climate/.
Executive Summary – Spring 2019
Consistent with New York State Education Law 129-B and SUNY policies, Rockland Community College participated in the 2019 University-wide Biennial SUNY Uniform Campus Climate Survey. The survey, which was conducted between April 10 and 30, 2019, gathered information about student and employee experience with sexual and interpersonal violence and knowledge of policies and resources.
13 students and 86 employees completed the survey, for response rates of less than one percent and 9 percent, respectively. 83 percent of students indicated familiarity with affirmative consent, 70 percent indicated that they knew where to report, and 33 percent could identify the Title IX Coordinator.
The College, 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 https://www.suny.edu/climatesurvey/.
Executive Summary – Spring 2017
Consistent with New York State Education Law 129-B and policies of The State University of New York, Rockland Community College participated in the 2017 University-wide Biennial SUNY Uniform Campus Climate Survey. The Survey, which was conducted beginning March 20 and ending on April 9, 2017, gathered information about student and employee experience with sexual and interpersonal violence and knowledge of policies and resources. 135 students and 266 employees completed the survey, for response rates of 2.4 percent and 22.6 percent, respectively.
Of the employees who responded, more than 90 percent knew that the College had policies specifically addressing sexual assault, and more than 80 percent knew how to advise a sexual assault victim/survivor on where to get help on campus, however, only slightly more than half knew of the Title IX Coordinator’s role on campus.
Of the students who responded, approximately 90 percent knew that the College had policies specifically addressing sexual assault, approximately 85 percent knew the definition of affirmative consent, and at least 60 percent knew how to report sexual violence to the College. However, less than 40 percent knew of the Title IX Coordinator’s role on campus.
The College will use the findings of the survey to continue improving training, prevention, support and adjudication as part of our ongoing effort to achieve a campus environment free of sexual harassment, including sexual violence and related crimes.
We welcome your feedback
Climate assessments afford institutions the opportunity to better understand their campus and to make informed decisions when it comes to providing a safe and informed educational environment.
If you have recommendations about how the College can reduce the incidence of conduct that creates a hostile environment on campus, including sexual violence and related crimes, and improve the support the College offers when it does occur, please contact the Title IX Coordinator at [email protected].