Campus Climate Survey Validation Study Final Technical Report
Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), 2016
The White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault was established in January 2014. One of its primary goals is to provide institutions of higher education with tools that they can use to more effectively respond to and prevent rape and sexual assault. As noted in the first report of the Task Force (Not Alone), one such tool is a climate survey designed to help schools understand the magnitude and nature of sexual victimization experienced by students. In response to increasing recognition of the role of campus climate surveys, in August 2014 the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) funded the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to develop and test a pilot campus climate survey that could be implemented by schools or researchers, and used to address key Task Force goals and issues related to the measurement of rape and sexual assault in self-report surveys. This report provides a detailed presentation of all activities undertaken for the Campus Climate Survey Validation Study (CCSVS), the school-specific estimates of sexual victimization and campus climate, and the results of numerous assessments of the CCSVS methodology and the validity and reliability of the resulting data. The information contained in this report will inform future efforts to measure rape and sexual assault in a way that maximizes the likelihood of generating valid data that can be used to understand how to prevent sexual victimization, provide effective and necessary services to victims, investigate sexual victimization incidents, and hold perpetrators accountable.