Queen's Gazette | Queen's University

Search form

Survey seeks student voices on sexual violence

Government survey seeks student input on sexual violence.

Full-time post-secondary students at all Ontario universities, colleges and private career colleges will soon have an opportunity to have their say on the topic of sexual violence, as the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) launches an ambitious province-wide survey called Student Voices on Sexual Violence.

Between Feb. 26 and March 26, 2018, all full-time students in Ontario will receive an email with a link to the confidential and anonymous survey. The survey will be the largest survey on sexual violence ever conducted in Ontario to date.

Conducted by CCI Research on behalf of the MAESD, the voluntary survey will explore students’ existing knowledge of sexual violence supports, services and reporting procedures, as well as perceptions of consent, experiences of sexual violence, satisfaction with institutional responses to sexual violence, and bystander behaviour.  

CCI Research will email the survey link to all eligible students once it is available. The survey will be completely confidential and voluntary, and it will not be mandatory to answer all of the questions. Respondents who answer 65 per cent or more of the questions will receive a five-dollar electronic gift certificate for their participation. All identifying information students provide to receive this incentive will be stored separately from survey responses to protect student privacy.

Staff at Queen’s are working closely with the Alma Mater Society and the Society of Graduate and Professional Students to reach out to students, to raise awareness and encourage participation. The MAESD plans to release an aggregated and anonymized report once the analysis is complete. The report will help inform policy as well as campus services offered to prevent and respond to sexual violence.

If you need support or wish to learn more about support services at Queen’s, visit the sexual violence prevention and response website.  For more information on the upcoming survey, visit the Student Voices on Sexual Violence FAQ page.