Our Critical Analysis of Penn State's 2018 Sexual Misconduct Survey Report & Recommendations

Our open letter to Penn State’s Vice President of Student Affairs Damon Sims, released Monday, September 6th, 2021, included a request that the 2018 Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey results be released by October 1st, 2021. Hundreds of Penn State community members, including students, alumni, and faculty, signed this letter and the University Park Undergraduate Association unanimously passed legislation supporting the letter on September 16, 2021. 

On Monday, September 20, 2021, Penn State released a report about the 2018 Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey — almost three years after the survey administration. This is our assessment of this report, the survey instrument, and Penn State’s comments as released in Penn State News. We outline several “next steps” Penn State should take in order to administer better surveys in the future and integrate students into university planning and decision-making moving forward.