Title IX Survey Results

Introduction

Colorado School of Mines administered their first Title IX Survey during the spring of 2017. All undergraduate and graduate students were asked to participate. The survey had several sections that ask about their knowledge, opinions, and beliefs, including how they view various aspects of the Mines culture, as well as their experiences with prohibited sexual conduct.

The goals of the survey are to:

  • Identify and resolve concerns about aspects of campus life that contribute to sexual misconduct;
  • Provide enhanced resources and support to students; and
  • Continue to improve response and prevention efforts around sexual misconduct for the safety of our entire community.

All data was compiled by Mines and analyzed by a third-party consultant.

 

Documents

Letter from President Johnson

Dear Orediggers,

This week you will receive an email invitation to participate in the Mines Student Title IX Survey. It is the first university-wide survey to collect information about perceptions, attitudes, and opinions about social behavior related to sexual misconduct at Mines. We hope to use the survey results to:

  • Provide enhanced resources and support to students; and
  • Continue to improve response and prevention efforts around sexual misconduct for the safety of our entire community.

The survey was developed by members of the Mines SHAPE committee as well as survey experts from the Mines Office of Institutional Research, using materials derived from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology open-sourced survey.

You can participate in the survey anonymously. All undergraduate and graduate students over the age of 18 will receive a link to the survey via their Mines email address. This link does not contain any information that could identify the recipient and a student’s identity cannot be traced through the survey link.

Most students will be able to complete the survey in 10-15 minutes. Please note that survey questions may cause emotional responses due to explicit language. This survey also asks about sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence that may be upsetting. You may take a break from responding and return to the survey at any time.

Thank you in advance for your input through this survey. Your participation is entirely voluntary, but we hope for a high participation rate to best guide our future decisions. The survey will be open for your responses until February 2, 2017.

Paul C. Johnson
President & Professor

Dan Fox
Vice President for Student Life

Karin Ranta-Curran
Title IX Coordinator

Announcement to Mines Faculty and Staff

Mines Faculty & Staff:

This week, undergraduate and graduate students will receive an email invitation to participate in the Mines Student Title IX Survey. It is the first university-wide survey to collect information about student perceptions, attitudes, and opinions about social behavior related to sexual misconduct at Mines. The Title IX office hopes to use the survey results to:

  • Provide enhanced resources and support to students; and
  • Continue to improve response and prevention efforts around sexual misconduct for the safety of our entire community.

The survey was developed by members of the Mines SHAPE committee as well as survey experts from the Mines Office of Institutional Research, using materials derived from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology open-sourced survey.

The survey is anonymous. All undergraduate and graduate students over the age of 18 will receive a link to the survey via their Mines email address. This link does not contain any information that could identify the recipient and a student’s identity cannot be traced through the survey link. Most students will be able to complete the survey in 10-15 minutes.

Please note that students may have emotional responses due to survey questions regarding sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence. You can find resources for Mines students who may need support during or after their participation in the survey here: https://inside.mines.edu/POGO-Title-IX-Resources

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please contact Karin Ranta-Curran, the Mines Title IX Coordinator, at 303.384.2558 or krcurran@mines.edu.

Karin Ranta-Curran, JD
Executive Director – Institutional Compliance & Equity
Title IX Coordinator
krcurran@mines.edu
303.384.2558 (office) | 303.947.0236 (mobile)

FAQs [forthcoming]
Report of the 2017 Colorado School of Mines Title IX Survey [forthcoming]

Please contact Katie Schmalzel (kschmalz@mines.edu) in the Mines Title IX Department if you have any questions about these documents

Background Information on the Spring 2017 Survey Administration

Many factors were considered when developing the Mines Title IX Survey. A variety of climate survey tools were reviewed. Some far exceeded the established budget, a handful focused on a scope larger than intended, and others did not meet our expectations in other ways. Not seeing a clear option, we decided to write our own survey and use our budget to hire an outside statistician to review the data.

We recognize that one potential challenge with creating a unique tool is that our data cannot be compared to another institution’s data. We decided a well-written tool that applied to the Mines campus community, one in which we can administer multiple times, and compare data internally, far outweighed other options. We developed the tool based on the six categories outlined as best practice by the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

We took a nod from institutions that shared their tools and designated them as open sourced, including Massachusetts Institution of Technology. The developed tool was reviewed internally by a Mines employed statistician, as well as an external review by the hired statistician to analyze the results.