On Oct. 24, the university posted the findings of the 2017 Cornell Survey of Sexual Assault and Related Misconduct. New York state law (129-B) requires that all in-state universities conduct a survey of campus sexual violence every two years.
This is the second such survey to measure students’ knowledge of Cornell’s policies, procedures and resources and their experiences of sexual harassment, assault and related misconduct while at Cornell. Questions about campus policies and resources, and the context of sexual violence and bystander intervention, were revised from the 2015 survey to improve clarity and to offer a greater range of Cornell-specific response options. Therefore it is not possible to directly compare results for many items on the surveys.
The 2017 survey was conducted during the spring semester. A stratified, random sample of 6,000 students enrolled at our Ithaca and New York City-based Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell Tech campuses received email invitations to participate. A total of 2,238 students completed the survey for an overall response rate of 37 percent. This is almost double the 19 percent response rate from the 2015 survey.
Sexual assault and related misconduct—including sexual and gender-based harassment, dating and domestic violence and stalking—is a serious problem, occurring with unacceptable frequency on campuses across the country, including our own.
These surveys are valuable tools 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 providing the leadership, tools and resources needed to promote safe campuses and to foster collective efforts to eliminate these behaviors.
2017 Survey Results
- Statement from: Ryan Lombardi, Vice President for Student & Campus Life; Mary Opperman, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer; Dana Zappetti, Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Weill Cornell Medicine
- Cornell Chronicle article
- Overview of Survey Results
- Tables of Survey Results
- Survey Instrument
- Frequently Asked Questions