The bi-annual Survey of Community Attitudes about Sexual Violence, also known as the “Be Heard” survey, will be sent to all students via their IUP e-mail accounts on Thursday, April 4, 2018. Faculty, staff, and administrators are encouraged to promote this important initiative with their students. President Driscoll will e-mail all students on Monday, April 2, to also encourage student awareness and participation.
Many colleges and universities, like IUP, have polices, resources, and programs to address inappropriate sexual behaviors and support individuals who may have experienced these behaviors. However, it can be difficult to obtain comprehensive, accurate, and consistent data regarding these experiences.
In order to collect more information, students were surveyed in April 2016. This same survey will be used this April, and the answers given will help IUP provide better support for people who have experienced sexual violence, develop policies and prevention tools to reduce the frequency of sexual violence in the campus community, and gauge the campus climate regarding overall sexual misconduct among students.
The survey is anonymous and takes about 20 minutes to complete. Participating students may then enter to win a variety of prizes, which will be awarded through a weekly drawing.
Please download the 2018 Be Heard poster to share in your classroom and offices, and visit the IUP Be Heard website for FAQ and further information. You may also contact Jessica Miller, of the IUP Haven Project and the Counseling Center and the 2018 survey chairperson, at J.E.Seacrist@iup.edu.