On January 22, 2014, President Barack Obama established the White House Task Force
to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The first report prepared by this task force
addressed the need for all universities to conduct campus climate surveys in an effort
to learn what the barriers are to reporting.
"We know from decades of research that victims rarely report sexual assault to law
enforcement. Many victims do not even access formal services, like crisis centers.
Thus, official statistics under represent the extent of the problem on any one campus.
Further, campus response, intervention, and prevention efforts will be more successful
if they are tailored to the needs of each campus community. Understanding other climate
issues, such as students knowledge about reporting policies and resources for victims,
their attitudes about prevention, and their perceptions about how their community
is addressing the problem of sexual violence, are critical pieces of information for
improving campus responses." -exerpt from Not Alone.gov.
Arkansas Tech initiated our first Campus Climate Survey in the Spring of 2014. A link
to a copy of this report may be found here: Campus Climate Survey, Spring 2014.