SUNY Climate Survey
Consistent with New York State Education Law 129-B and policies of The State University of New York, SUNY Upstate participated in the 2021 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. Upstate had 409 students and 1,872 employees complete the survey, for response rates of 27% and 22%, respectively. Both are an increase from participation rates in 2019, with student response rates more than doubling that of the 2019 climate survey.
In the survey, data was broken down by gender categories. It is important to note that of the students who took the survey and identified as male, gender non-binary, transgender, genderqueer/gender-fluid, questioning/unsure, or who preferred not to respond, the responding numbers were too low to share accurate statistics for these gender categories.
- Fifty-one students reported that they were subject to verbal sexual harassment in the prior year. 47 of these students identified as women; the remaining 4 reports consist of numbers too low to share corresponding gender identity statistics.
- Thirty-six students reported that they were subject to online/electronic sexual harassment in the prior year. 27 of these students identified as women; the remaining 9 reports consist of numbers too low to share corresponding gender identity statistics.
- Of the students who responded, 84% indicated familiarity with affirmative consent, 91% are aware of the campus policies and procedures addressing sexual assault, 69% know how to report sexual assault within Upstate, and 48% know how to contact the Title IX Coordinator.
SUNY Upstate, working with SUNY and community colleagues (including students, faculty, and staff), will use these data 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 2023. More information about the climate survey is available at https://www.suny.edu/climatesurvey/.
The 2019 survey results for SUNY Upstate and other SUNY schools are located here: