Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Survey to evaluate campus climate for students

The online Respectful Campus Climate Survey to assess campus climate for undergraduate and graduate students will launch this week.

“An accurate assessment of campus climate is critical to understanding how welcoming and open the University is for all students and how well they are doing,” says E. Royster Harper, vice president for student affairs.

“We’re going to be exploring students’ perceptions and experiences, and also asking about student wellbeing and health — something often overlooked in university climate studies,” says Dr. Michael Woodford, assistant professor, School of Social Work, who leads the study. “Most importantly, the results will be used to improve student programming as well as help to close some important gaps in existing research.”

More than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students will be contacted to take the anonymous online survey. It will ask some personal questions, but a participant’s answers cannot be tied to the person in any way.

Survey respondents have the opportunity to enter 50 random drawings for $50 cash prizes.

Invitations asking students to complete the survey will be sent starting March 4.
For more information, contact Michael Woodford via e-mail at or call 615-2582.

For questions regarding study participant rights, contact the Institutional Review Board, Behavioral Sciences, 540 E. Liberty #202, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, by phone (734) 936-0933 or e-mail