Campus Survey On Sexual Violence

The purpose of this survey is to collect information about the frequency, consequences, attitudes towards, and awareness of services regarding sexual violence at Cal Poly.

The survey includes questions about beliefs and opinions relating to sexual violence, experiences with sexual violence, and knowledge about policies and procedures regarding sexual assault, and is expected to take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete.

Answers to these questions will be confidential and the data will be depersonalized and aggregated in the final reports supplied to campus. Your answers will help Cal Poly develop policies, inform prevention and intervention tools and improve support systems for students.

Survey Events

UU Hour - Every Thursday, 11am - 12pm from February 13 - March 6
Survey Launch Day - Wednesday, February 19 - all day on Dexter Lawn
Survey Taking Sessions:
Safer has organized sessions where any student can come and fill out the survey in an accessible and accepting environment. There will be access to confidential support. Students should plan to bring thier own laptop.
Friday, February 21 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
University Union Room 216
Tuesday, February 25 - 5:00 - 6:00pm
University Union Room 219
Friday, March 6 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
University Union Room 216
Tuesday, March 10 - 5:00 - 6:00pm
University Union Room 219


When is the survey?

Emails will be sent to students on Wednesday, February 19 and the survey will remain open until March 18.

Who should take the survey?

All current undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate, regardless of personal experience with violence. 

What is the survey about?

The purpose of this confidential survey is to collect information on students’ attitudes and beliefs around sexual violence, as well as its prevalence at Cal Poly. Questions will also be asked about peoples' experience with sexual violence and their experience in seeking support from campus entities. 

Why is the survey important?

The information will be used to inform future policies, prevention and intervention tools, and student support systems. There are often questions regarding the prevalence of sexual violence at Cal Poly and it is important that we are hearing from students directly about their experiences. 

How do I access the survey?

Links will be sent to your Cal Poly email address from "Cal Poly" ( If you have your emails forwarded to another email address, please be sure to check your junk mail.

How long is the survey?

The survey is expected to take 10-20 minutes.

Can I skip questions that I don’t feel comfortable answering?

Yes. If you would like to seek support about any topics that are distressing to you, please visit the Resource links on the bottom of this page. 

Can I pause the survey and return to it later?

It is recommended that you complete the survey in one sitting. 

Why do some of the questions on the survey only allow for binary gender options (i.e. women and men)?

Many of the scales that are currently validated in the research to assess values and beliefs around gender-based violence only use binary options. Efforts were undertaken by survey administrators to broaden language whenever possible to reflect the lived experiences of all survey participants.

Will my answers be confidential?

Your answers will not be tied to your individual email address or data. All data will be depersonalized and aggregated before being shared out with the results. Individual answers to the survey will not be shared in the final reports. Responses will not trigger a mandated report, nor will they affect any past, present, or future Title IX investigations.

Cal Poly has contracted with the San Diego State University Social Research Laboratory to distribute the survey. They will also collect and anonymize survey data prior to sharing final reports with Cal Poly. The SSRL has conducted sexual violence surveys for the SDSU campus since 2015. Read more about SSRL here:


Who can I contact for more information about the survey?

For questions regarding concerns about participating in the survey or to access emotional support, please Cal Poly Safer ( For questions regarding survey implementation or logistics, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity (

Safer offers confidential support through a Campus Advocate.  Please click on the following link if you would like to make an appointment with a Campus Advocate Please contact Safer ( for all other, related concerns. You are also encouraged to contact Counseling Services at (805) 756-2511.


Seeking Confidential Support 

Make an appointment with a Confidential Campus Advocate, who can offer emotional support, share your options and assist you in accessing additional resources.

What is Safer?

Make an Appointment

Additional Support Resources:

Counseling Services (Cal Poly Campus Health & Wellbeing)

24-Hour Confidential Resources

Reporting Options: 

Title IX (Cal Poly Office of Equal Opportunity)

Cal Poly Police Department

San Luis Obispo Police Department

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