Campus Climate Survey


William Paterson University is conducting a campus-wide climate survey on sexual violence, beginning the week of March 20 and ending on May 3, 2017.

The results of this survey will help us better understand students' experiences, perceptions and  attitudes regarding the campus culture around sexual violence and the nature and extent of sexual violence in the William Paterson  University  community.  We will use this information to determine how we might enhance our programs and services and maximize our ability to respond to and prevent sexual violence on campus. Participation by all undergraduate students is critical and we want to hear from all students, even those who do not feel that they have been personally affected by sexual violence.



What is the Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Violence?
This survey is designed to measure the campus climate regarding sexual violence. That includes sexual harassment, domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Many colleges and universities across the country have been administering similar surveys over the past couple of years.

What is William Paterson’s survey instrument?
The survey instrument is the Campus Climate Survey Validation Study (CCSVS). It was developed by RTI International, a nonprofit research organization, in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The instrument has been endorsed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women.

Why is William Paterson conducting a climate survey?
In 2014, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault was established. The Task Force specifically encouraged all schools to conduct a climate survey so that they can better understand the extent and nature of sexual violence experienced by students. In addition to helping universities get a sense of the prevalence of sexual violence on campus, a climate survey is utilized to gather important information pertaining to students’ attitudes about the campus culture, perceptions of the administration and policies, and their feelings about their own ability to intervene if they are witnesses in a potentially violent situation.  

I do not know much about sexual assault and have never experienced it. Should I still take the survey?
Definitely. As the question above explains, this survey is about more than just victimization rates. We want to hear from a wide array of students so we know how sexual violence impacts us all.

How do I find the survey?
You received an email on or after March 20, 2017 from Dr. Miki Cammarata, Vice President for Student Development. In that email is your individualized link to access the survey. If you have inadvertently misplaced or deleted the email, you will be receiving subsequent email reminders that will provide the link again.

Are my answers confidential?
Yes, absolutely! Qualtrics, LLC Research Suite is being used to design and distribute the Climate Survey and to manage the online data collection. Any reports or publications based on this research will use only group data and will not identify any individual as being affiliated with this project. Email addresses are separated from the data before the data is compiled and shared in the aggregate with William Paterson University administrators.

How long will this survey take to complete?
The survey will take between 20-40 minutes to complete. The time will vary depending on how much information a student provides.

What will William Paterson do with the results?
Ultimately, William Paterson University expects to use the information gleaned from this survey to enhance our programs and services and enhance our ability to respond to and prevent sexual violence on campus.

Are there any incentives for completing this survey?
Yes. In order to express our gratitude for your much-needed participation, we will raffle off ten $100 Amazon gift cards.   Everyone who completes the online survey will be eligible to win these prizes.

I am having technical difficulties. What should I do?
If you have technical issues with this survey, please contact Dr. Jane Zeff, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, at or at 973.720.3115.

I want to speak to someone about sexual violence. Who should I contact?
Please see a list of resources here and here.

You may also contact Theresa Bivaletz, Campus Victim Services Coordinator, at or at 973.720.2578.