HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey
The Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey asks students about their perceptions of their campus’s climate for unwanted sexual contact and sexual assault, their perceptions of how their institution responds to sexual assaults, and whether and how often they have experienced unwanted sexual contact or sexual assault.
The survey was administered in Spring of 2021 and will also be administered from February 7, 2022, to April 15, 2022. You will receive an invitation in your EVMS email to participate in the survey and it will take you approximately 15 minutes to complete the survey.
Responses are confidential and only HEDS will see your survey responses. Any open-ended comments are not linked to other survey data and any identifying information is removed before being provided to EVMS.
The survey is not a reporting mechanism and any student who believes that they have been discriminated against on the basis of sex or the subject of sexual harassment or sexual violence (whether or not such violence is reported to law enforcement) and wants to make a report should review our reporting page.
Is Participation in the HEDS Survey Mandatory?
The HEDS survey is an opportunity for students to be heard about sexual misconduct at EVMS. All EVMS on-campus students will receive an invitation to participate in the survey. Participation is 100% voluntary and, although you will receive reminders, there is no obligation to participate. In addition, you can start the survey and quit at any time or skip any questions that you do not wish to answer.
How will the HEDS Data be Used by EVMS?
All information collected from the HEDS survey is anonymous. However, the HEDS survey provides EVMS with general data to help steer:
- Changes to policies and processes
- Safety improvements
- Education/prevention efforts
- Additional training for investigators or other sexual misconduct team members
- Mechanisms to increase student support
- Improvements in the way we interact with complainants and respondents involved in sexual misconduct cases
Most Recent Survey
The HEDS survey was last administered to EVMS students in 2021 from March 22 to April 30. The survey was administered electronically with an invitation for students to take the survey made available via a general link emailed to all students. The full frequency report data contains comparison data of the responses of roughly 650 advanced degree students at 7 other institutions. Approximately 103 EVMS students completed the full survey, for an overall response rate of 8%. This is slightly lower than the 11% response rate from advanced degree students at other institutions. Since survey completion rates at EVMS and other institutions were low, be cautioned that results are not necessarily representative of EVMS students (or students at other institutions). For 2022, HEDS will be providing a direct email link to students in an effort to increase response rates.
In addition to the frequency data, some students provided open-ended comments (identifiers were scrubbed by HEDS and no comments were linked to any other data for anonymity). Comment data will not be provided, but generally reflect concerns about:
- Underreporting because no one will take action
- Unsatisfactory action by EVMS in past cases
- Concerns about bias including the perception that men are always perpetrators
- Lack of empathy or support during/after an investigation
- Insufficient feedback to reporters about if/how behavior was addressed