Every other year since 2017 Utah State University has conducted what is called a campus climate survey on sexual misconduct.
The fourth version of this survey is now underway — along with a second survey for employees — and both will be underway through April 21.
Emmalee Fishburn, a Senior Prevention Specialist in USU’s Office of Equity, said these surveys give USU leaders a chance to understand what the school’s students and employees are experiencing in the realm of sexual misconduct.
“We put that back into the annual trainings that are required for our students and employees and we use it as an opportunity to start conversations but also to highlight the importance of being supportive of people who experience sexual misconduct, making sure that they are are aware of their resources, and also teaching people how to not engage in these behaviors.”
She said USU has a multi-tiered training approach for students, which consists of either an online course or a live training.
“Their very first year at Utah State they have a live training that is provided by professional staff from the Office of Equity. We also have a team of peer educators that are undergraduate students that help us with that training. And every year after that students have an online course they have to take. For our students outside of our residential campuses they take an online course every year.”
She said another resource for help is the SAAVI office, USU’s confidential victim advocate and therapy service.
“Their big role is to support people after they’ve had experiences of sexual misconduct, or help people who are supporting people who have had those experiences.”
There is more information at usu.edu/sexual-respect/survey