Campus Climate Survey
Consistent with New York State Education Law 129-B and policies of The State University of New York, Farmingdale State College (FSC) participated in the 2019 University-wide Biennial SUNY Uniform Campus Climate Survey. The Survey gathered information about student and employee experience with sexual and interpersonal violence and knowledge of policies and resources.
Respondents represented a demographic distribution similar to FSC’s actual student, faculty, and staff populations. Seven hundred ninety-six students and 402 employees completed the survey, for response rates of 8.7% and 26.46%, respectively.
Student respondents were generally aware of the existence of policies and procedures addressing sexual violence at FSC. They were less certain about the detail. Although about half knew how to report sexual assault and harassment, fewer knew how to report other forms of interpersonal violence to the College. Furthermore, respondents appeared to be generally uncertain about on-campus and community resources.
Employee respondents were generally aware of the existence of policies and procedures addressing sexual assault at FSC and remembered receiving information about them. More than 80% were confident in their knowledge of where to advise a student to seek help. Fifty-nine percent understood what happens when a student reports sexual assault on campus. Most employee respondents understood the role of the Title IX Coordinator, with 64% knowing how to find that person.
Farmingdale State College, working with SUNY and community colleagues (including students, faculty, and staff), will use these results to improve response to violence, develop prevention programs, and will continue to study the issue. The next Climate Survey will be administered in the Spring Semester of 2021. More information about the Survey is available at https://www.suny.edu/climatesurvey/.