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SRU launches campus climate survey

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - An online community survey seeking faculty, staff and student responses as a means of establishing the baseline for campus climates related to the working, living and learning environment at Slippery Rock University kicks off Sunday.

"We expect it will take about 20 minutes for individuals to complete the survey, but we hope those taking the survey will think it is time well spent in helping shape the future of the University," said Jessamine Montero, senior office for diversity and inclusion and special assistant to the president, who is heading the endeavor.

The Campus Climate Community Survey will be available online at: https://online.survey.psu.edu/sru, beginning at 8 a.m. Oct. 3. It will run through Oct. 17.

"We want to find out what each of our individual experiences has been at Slippery Rock University," Montero said. "We want to know what those on campus are feeling about our campus community - our culture. We are looking for the great, the not-so-great, and the indifferent she said.

Montero said the campus climate survey committee is hoping for 100 percent participation and is offering incentives, in the form of prizes, to boost participation.

The project was recommended by SRU President Robert Smith. The implementation committee includes faculty, staff and student members.

"SRU has come a long way toward creating a caring campus community and becoming more diverse and inclusive, however, we know there is still much we need to do. Those willing to share their experiences through this survey will help us set a direction that will allow us to become an even more caring and supportive community," Montero said.

The survey is confidential. Responses will go directly to an outside consultant group, which will compile aggregate results before reporting back to the University. No individuals will be identified in the final report.

Montero said that as participants sign-up for the prizes, their survey responses are entirely stripped and separated from their contact information they submit on another URL site, again ensuring confidentiality of survey responses.

Prizes, which will be awarded through random drawings of all survey participants up to the time of the drawing include SRU sweatshirts; massages; CNC WonderWash Carwash Coupons; Red Rock Falls Gift Certificates; Wal-Mart Gift Certificates; Rocky's pizza-party packages; University Club lunch coupons; Free Coffee-on-Campus Plans; and a variety of desserts, meals and customized-cake order packages, compliments of AVI.

"The earlier you complete the survey, the more opportunities you have to win a prize," she said. The first 600 people to complete the survey will be eligible to win one of two Amazon Kindles, an electronic e-book reading device. One Kindle will be awarded to a student and one to a faculty or staff member.

Results of the survey will be reported in meetings throughout spring semester. Survey participants will also be able to see the results online at the SRU Web site, Montero said. "Survey information will be used in conjunction with other data to provide the University with an inclusive view of our institution."