Campus climate survey summary released, reveals the good and the bad

Sara Natividad
Special to Mustang News

Cal Poly released an executive summary of the results from the Campus Climate Survey conducted in early 2014, in a campus-wide email today around noon. The full report of the survey will be released on Oct. 16.

More than 6,000 members from the Cal Poly community responded to the survey — approximately 29 percent of the population — including students, faculty, administration and library personnel. The report only included respondents who completed more than 50 percent of the survey.

The full report will be presented by Susan Rankin, who wrote the report and administered the survey, on Oct. 16 in two open forums. The first will be from 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the second from 2:10-3:30 p.m., the email said. In addition to the forums, Rankin will hold a series of workshops and group discussions in November.

“The campus climate survey was conducted to give us an idea of what we are doing well and where we need to improve,” Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong said in the email.

The results indicated more than 80 percent of the population feels “comfortable” or “very comfortable” in the campus environment.

On the other hand, 22 percent of respondents indicated they had experienced offensive or hostile conduct at Cal Poly.

The survey also asked respondents whether they had experienced unwanted sexual contact at Cal Poly. Overall, five percent of respondents said they had. Eight percent of women respondents said they had.

Undergraduate and graduate students totaled approximately 75 percent of the respondents, staff were approximately 15 percent and faculty and librarians counted for approximately 8 percent, according to the executive summary.

Undergraduate students reported the highest rates of comfort — 85 percent — and librarian and staff reported the lowest rates — slightly less than 70 percent.

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