Pilot Climate Survey

Tulane University is committed to ensuring that all students live and learn in an environment free from sexual misconduct. The links below provide more information about the Tulane University Pilot Climate survey about attitudes, knowledge and experience, administered in the 2014-2015 academic school year. To view the Pilot Climate Survey, you will be prompted to log-in with your Tulane username and password credentials. 

Survey FAQs

What is the climate survey pilot project?
During the 2014-2015 academic year, Tulane faculty and staff formed the Climate Survey Working Group to develop an initial climate survey strategy for the university and to administer a campus climate pilot survey to understand the prevalence of gender-based sexual violence at Tulane. 

Why was the survey administered?
Tulane administrators, faculty, staff, and students take sexual misconduct, sexual assault and sexual violence very seriously, addressing these issues from safety, conduct, health, and community perspectives. The campus climate pilot survey is one of the many efforts taking place at Tulane to understand the campus climate and work toward a community free of sexual violence. 

How was the campus climate pilot survey developed?
The survey utilized two nationally-administered surveys: the National Collegiate Health Assessment (NCHA-II) and the Healthy Minds Survey (HMS). Tulane also added institution-specific items to those surveys to gather desired climate data. 

What were the Tulane-specific items included in the survey?
Click here to download a PDF of the items.

Did students have any input on the survey?
Students did not contribute to the items included in the pilot study. However, student input is being sought for the long-term strategy of the survey. 

How was the campus climate pilot survey administered?
Both surveys were administered online. Participants were invited to participate via email which included a link to the survey. 

Who was asked to take the survey?
Both surveys were administered to a random sample of full-time, undergraduate and graduate/professional students. Approximately 9,000 Tulane students were invited to participate in the climate surveys. 

How many students participated in the climate pilot survey?
The response rate for the NCHA-II was 17 percent with 826 of 4,900 students responding to some or all of the survey questions. The response rate for the HMS was 28.2 percent with 1,127 of 4,000 students completing some or all of the survey items. 

Were students required to complete the survey?
Incentives were offered to encourage students to participate in the survey. However, students were not required to complete the survey. 

Where can I find the results of the campus climate pilot study?
The Climate Survey Working Group 2014-15 Pilot Climate Survey Report is available to the Tulane community via Gibson Online. 

What are the limitations of this survey?
The NCHA-II and HMS surveys are nationally-administered student health surveys that include, but are not limited to, items related to sexual health, personal safety, and violence. Neither instrument is intended to precisely measure the incidence of sexual assault or other crimes. Item wording in both surveys may have skewed the reporting of victimization leading to underestimates of reported experiences. The respondents of both surveys were not fully representative of Tulane’s student population and the response rate for the NCHA-II was lower than desired. 

How can I use these results?
The use of this report is designed specifically for the members of the Tulane community to foster discussions about the prevention of sexual assault and to develop a robust, ongoing strategy of climate data collection. The data gathered through the pilot survey have limitations. Great caution should be taken when trying to draw conclusions from this report and broad generalizations should be avoided. 

What are the key findings from the pilot survey?
Overall, women report more instances of being victims of assault and other sexual misconduct than men. Approximately 19 percent of female respondents reported some type of sexual victimization including unwanted touching, attempted sexual penetration, or completed sexual penetration. In particular, instances of non-consensual sexual touching are reported most frequently and are higher for women than men. Instances of physical assault and verbal threats are higher for men than for women. 

What are the factors associated with victimization?
The most notable association with increased victimization is consumption of alcohol. In particular, excessive drinking or high-risk drinking is associated with victimization among men and women. Participation in club sports and intramurals and membership in a fraternity or sorority are also associated with increased victimization in some instances. 

What is Tulane’s campus climate survey strategy for 2015-16?
A robust and sustainable strategy will be developed using the information gathered during the pilot phase. Identifying the most appropriate means to measure the extent of the sexual assault problem at Tulane and determining a schedule for future surveys are among the immediate next steps in developing the long-term strategy to understand the campus climate and work toward a community free of sexual violence. 

What should I do if this topic has become upsetting to me?
This website section and pages it links to, contains information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors. In the event that you are triggered by any of the information, please ensure that you care for yourself in whatever what is best for you. Resources and support are available if you would like to process your experience. Both the SAPHE (504-654-9543) and the LINE (504-264-6075) are available as confidential hotlines if you would like to follow up at a later time. 

I still have questions. Who should I contact?
Dr. Dusty Porter at or (504) 314-2188.

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