University of New Mexico to Participate in NCCS on Sexual Misconduct

Scientific Sample of 10,000 University of New Mexico Students to be Invited This Week

The University of New Mexico (UNM) has joined the National Campus Climate Survey (NCCS), a national survey available to colleges and universities who wish to better understand and improve their campus climate with regards to sexual assault and related topics.  A scientific sample of 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students will be invited to participate in this study, which will consist of a web-based survey and is designed to take less than 15 minutes. 

The survey is based on a standard instrument that has been developed by the NCCS, and has been customized specifically to meet the needs of UNM.  This include custom questions asked only of UNM students, and a supplemental sample to increase the number of students included from 4,000 to 10,000.

UNM intends to use the data collected to improve campus intervention, prevention and response to sexual misconduct.  “The results will answer whether or not the University is serving students in the best possible way, if prevention efforts are effective and whether or not response efforts are working,” said Heather Cowan, Title IX coordinator, Office of Equal Opportunity at UNM.

UNM joins the New York University (NYU) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as the pioneer schools for the NCCS.