In Spring 2015, Cornell participated in the first Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct as part of a consortium of 27 colleges and universities organized by the Association of American Universities to better understand, prevent and respond to sexual violence.
Westat, a private research organization, led the survey design effort, administered the survey, and conducted analysis presented in the report. Individual responses were kept strictly confidential.
Of the 20,547 total Cornell students invited to participate, 3,906 responded for a response rate of 19 percent. This number accounts for 2,345 undergraduates and 1,561 graduate and professional students who completed the survey.
All Cornell students who were enrolled in both the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters at either the Cornell Ithaca campus or a Cornell NYC based program (e.g. Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell Tech) were invited to participate in the survey.
Student sexual assault is a serious national problem, occurring with unacceptable frequency at Cornell and on campuses across the country. This survey is a valuable resource to help the university assess where its resources can most effectively be applied as we continue to work to educate and protect our students. Cornell remains committed to fostering a safe and supportive environment where students can flourish, both academically and personally.
Cornell Survey Results
A Closer Look at Cornell Survey Results: Brief Reports
These brief reports focus on particular aspects of Cornell’s Campus Climate Survey results.
The first two reports in the series are below:
- Report #1: Prevalence of non-consensual sexual penetration among Cornell undergraduate students (pdf)
- Report #2: Prevalence of non-consensual sexual penetration among Cornell graduate and professional students (pdf)
- Report #3: The context of non-consensual sexual penetration experienced by Cornell undergraduate women (pdf)
AAU Aggregate Survey Results
- Full Report
- Press Release
- Fact Sheet
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Survey Instrument
- Characteristics of Nonconsensual Sexual Contact Incidents (pdf)