On October 19, 2017, full time McGill students should have received one of two anonymous Climate Surveys on Campus Sexual Violence (for students), based on a random selection whereby 18,000 students received Climate Survey on Sexual Violence 1, and 18,000 students received Climate Survey on Sexual Violence 2. We are pleased to note that many students have completed or partially completed the surveys. We now provide you with the opportunity to complete either or both surveys if you have not already done so.
Throughout the surveys, we made every effort to acknowledge the sensitivities of responding to questions and/or content that may trigger unpleasant and traumatic memories and provided links to supportive resources. We again take this opportunity to provide you with support resources (these are also provided in the surveys):
- Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education
- Sexual Assault Center of the McGill Students’ Society (SACOMSS)
The aim of these surveys is twofold:
- They are conducted as part of a research project entitled: IMPACTS: Collaborations to Address Sexual Violence on Campus: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Grant Number: 895-2016-1026, to improve university policies and programs on sexual violence generally. For more information, click here.
- The findings of these surveys will be shared with the McGill Ad Hoc Panel to Conduct a Campus Study on Sexual Violence. This Panel was struck pursuant to McGill's commitment within its Policy Against Sexual Violence to acquire an enhanced understanding of experiences, perspectives and responses to sexual violence within the McGill community. The Ad Hoc Panel, comprised of McGill students, staff, and faculty, as well as an advisor from Concordia University, advised on the development of these surveys. Data from these surveys will be shared with the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) so that they may inform and guide the development of University services and policies. For more information, click here.
**Content warning: These surveys request information of a personal nature related to sexual assault and/or violence, which may cause emotional and psychological distress. As these surveys are voluntary, please note that you can leave either one at any point by clicking on "Exit and clear survey" in the top right corner of the page. These surveys are completely anonymous, and no identifying information such as your name, email address, or IP address will be collected.
- Climate Survey 1: This survey aims to gain a better understanding of the prevalence of and context in which people may experience sexual violence at McGill. You can access it here: English | French
- Climate Survey 2: This survey attempts to gauge your knowledge and perceptions of McGill’s response to sexual violence on campus. You can access it here: English | French
Thank you for your time and participation in this research. Your responses will contribute to a better understanding of the campus climate and help improve services and policies at McGill University.
Please note that, as part of our ongoing research, we will also be conducting a series of focus group discussions based on preliminary results of the surveys. These discussions will take place in late January and February 2018. If you are interested in being a part of these discussions, please sign up here.