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2022 Campus Survey

The Know More Campus Survey results are here!

MSU is committed to collaboratively working toward a campus culture free from discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and relationship violence. It is through this commitment that MSU launched the Know More Campus Survey. The input of students, faculty and staff was necessary to inform important work on these issues across the campus community.

In the spring, more than 11,500 students, faculty and staff participated in an online campus climate survey designed to assess the culture, perceptions and policies associated with relationship violence and sexual misconduct at Michigan State. The results of this survey will be used to inform prevention programming, policy development, resource provision and culture change on campus.

MSUToday Podcast

Hear from RVSM Workgroup Member Dr. Carrie Moylan, assistant professor of social and Jacob Nason, graduate student assistant, discuss the development of the 2022 survey and the importance of the feedback of the campus community.

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2019 Survey

In the spring of 2019, Michigan State University administered its first KNOW MORE @ MSU campus survey. 

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Surveys are commonly used to learn about organizational culture and individual experiences.  In 2014, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault recommended campuses conduct regular surveys to understand community perceptions of discrimination, harassment, sexual assault, and relationship violence. Survey results are used to plan programs, design policies, inform prevention, create culture change, and guide resource allocation.

The Know More Campus Survey was administered in the Spring semester of 2022 and is now closed. The results of the survey are available and a new survey is expected to be administered in two years.

The Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Expert Advisory Workgroup was formed in the spring 2018 to support MSU’s goal of creating a safe and supportive campus for all. The workgroup met with students, staff, and faculty all of whom identified a need for richer data from the campus community that could inform the workgroup’s efforts. In Spring 2019, MSU launched the first Know More @ MSU campus survey. This confidential survey’s results were used to inform and shape prevention programming, policy development, and resource allocation decisions on campus. Results were also used to guide the RVSM Strategic Plan (link).

Repeating the survey in 2022 allowed us to assess whether efforts to improve the university’s prevention and response have resulted in changes in campus climate.

All MSU undergraduate students, graduate/professional students, faculty, and staff were invited to complete the survey. Participation was voluntary. 

Your contribution is critical to helping the campus community understand the attitudes, experiences, and challenges of MSU students, faculty, and staff related to sexual misconduct. The more members of the MSU community complete the survey, the more confident we can be that we have a clear and complete picture. We want the survey to represent all students, faculty, and staff of all ages, genders, races and sexualities. We need everyone to participate no matter their experiences.

Survey participation is voluntary and you can skip any question or stop the survey at any time. MSU will not know who participated in the survey.

The Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Expert Advisory Workgroup coordinated the survey. As in 2019, MSU has contracted RTI International, an independent non-profit research organization with extensive experience designing and administering campus climate surveys, to administer the survey, process the data, and report the results. Data reporting by an objective, independent third-party will ensure the confidentiality of your data and, hopefully, enhance trust among participants. The workgroup believes contracting an external research firm is the best way for students, faculty, and staff to share their experiences and feel confident their responses would not be shared with anyone at Michigan State. 

All information regarding this survey will be kept confidential according to legal and ethical guidelines. Because the university has contracted with RTI International to administer the survey and analyze its results, no one from Michigan State will see individual responses or have access to the dataset.

The final report will provide results by category (e.g., undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty); only de-identified and aggregated data will be included in the technical report submitted to the university after the analysis is completed.

The data is crucial for continuing cultural transformation at MSU. The results will be used to inform and shape campus prevention programming, policy development and resource allocation decisions.  The report from the 2019 Know More @ MSU survey is available here.

Detailed information about MSU’s RVSM resources are available on the Support More website. An extensive list of available resources  [KC1] including state and national resources is also available. Information about possible violations of MSU’s Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy should be reported to the Office of Institutional Equity and Michigan State University Police Department .

Confidential support can be access through the Center for Survivors 24/7 Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline (517) 372-6666, Center for Survivors Crisis Chat (link), and MSU Safe Place at (517) 355-1100.  The State of Michigan 24/7 Sexual Assault Hotline can help you find other resources via phone call (1-855-VOICES4), text (866-238-1454), or online chat.