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Campus Climate Survey

From March 30-April 31, all Cerritos College students will be invited to take part in a Sexual Assault Climate Survey. The survey is administered by Cerritos College Human Resources. The goal of this survey is to make Cerritos College as safe as possible by better understanding the sexual assault climate that currently exists. The survey link will be available on this page. For more information, please review the FAQ page. If you would like to promote the survey, please share the Campus Climate Poster.

Resources are available on the Resources and Reporting page.

Non-identifiable summary data will be published in a report and will be available on this webpage. Please check back for updates.

Spring 2018 Student Climate Survey FAQ

Who takes the survey?

All Cerritos College students are invited to take this survey.

What is the survey about?

The survey asks about sexual assault and sexual misconduct to help Cerritos College assess the campus climate. The results will be used to guide policies to encourage a healthy, safe, and nondiscriminatory environment on campus. Our goal is to make evidence based decisions when developing programs and services that prevent sexual assault and misconduct, as well as respond to these events when they do occur. This survey is an important tool for us to assess current programs and to shape future policies.

Who is administering the survey?

Cerritos College Human Resources.

What will happen with the results?

The results will be used to better understand the climate at Cerritos College, the extent of sexual assault and misconduct among students, and the use of programs and services currently being offered. This information will be used to make recommendations for changes to the policies and procedures related to preventing and handling sexual assault and misconduct at Cerritos College.

Why are you asking about these sensitive topics?

Our goal is to foster a safe and supportive environment where students can flourish, both academically and personally. To understand the climate at Cerritos College, we need to ask direct questions about topics that some may find sensitive. It is only by directly collecting this information from you that we will be able to prevent negative experiences and effectively respond when they do happen.

If I participate, what will I be asked to do?

You are invited to participate in a web survey. This survey includes sections that ask about our knowledge and beliefs about social situations, perceptions related to sexual misconduct at Cerritos College, and our knowledge of resources available at Cerritos College. This survey also asks about our personal experience with sexual misconduct, such as harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of violence.

Why is the language on the survey so explicit?

Some of the language used in this survey is explicit and some people may find it uncomfortable, but it is important that we ask the questions in this way so that you are clear what we mean. Information on how to get help, if you need it, appears on the bottom of each page and at the end of the survey.

Is this survey only for women?

No, this survey is for everyone, regardless of gender identity or experiences. The survey will be used to shape policies that affect everyone on campus, so it is very important that you provide our experiences and viewpoint.

I've never been assaulted; can I still take part?

Yes. If only victims of sexual assault and sexual misconduct participate in the survey, we will have a very lopsided view of our campus. To get a complete picture of our college, we need to hear from as many students as possible. Please encourage as many people as possible to participate in the survey.

How long will the survey take?

This survey should take most people approximately 20 minutes to complete. It may take up to 30 minutes for some individuals.

Am I required to participate?

You do NOT have to participate in this survey, and if you do participate, you may skip any question you are not comfortable answering and may exit the survey at any time. Most people will find the questions interesting.

Will my answers be confidential?

When you complete the survey, no one will be able to connect your identity with our survey answers. The results will be presented in summary form so no individual can be identified. Only if you disclose child abuse or being a threat of harm to ourself or others, would the information be reported to authorities.

What should I do if I am triggered when answering these questions?

At the start and conclusion of the survey, there is a link to on- and off-campus resources that you can contact if you become upset. In addition to local resources, there is information for several national services that provide information and counselors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have included a variety of resources so you can choose to contact the one(s) you think would be most helpful to you. Also, please note that you can stop the survey at any time.

I still have questions, who can I contact for more information?

If you have any questions about this study, our rights and welfare as a research participant, you can contact Dr. Lauren Elan Helsper, Director, Diversity, Compliance, and Title IX Coordinator or by phone at (562) 860-2451 ext. 2276.

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