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2022 Campus Sexual Assault Climate Survey

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Under section 168D of chapter 6 of the Massachusetts General Laws, originally passed by the General Court in the special law known as the 2021 Campus Sexual Assault Law (CSAL), all private and public higher education institutions in Massachusetts must conduct a campus sexual misconduct climate survey no less than every four years and post results on their website within 120 days of completion and analysis.               

While UMass Amherst distributed the anonymous inaugural survey in 2022 using a model developed by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the response rate (6.8%) was so low that the resulting data would be considered “too low to be confident that the results significantly scale to the entire student population. An ideal response rate for a census survey would be 75-80%[1].”

In accordance with the law and to support full transparency, the results of the CSAL are available on the EOA web site 2022 Campus Sexual Assault Climate Survey even though they are not statistically representative of the UMass Amherst campus given the low response rate.

The experiences of individual survey respondents are not, however, to be minimized or disregarded. Any act of sexual violence is a violation not only of law, but of the basic human rights of every member of our community. If you have experienced gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, or other sexual misconduct, please visit for resources and support available 24 hours a day.

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, supported by the Office of Student Affairs and Campus life and other departments across the university, will begin designing a new survey in consultation with state regulators, Title IX professionals, survey specialists and representatives of the student body. If you have questions, or would like to provide input on this process, please contact @email.

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