Changing Campus Culture: FAQs

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(Revised 12/10/15)

What is the Changing Campus Culture initiative?

A single act of sexual violence on an Ohio college campus is one too many.  Changing our campus culture is the only way to make a lasting impact of reducing sexual violence and ensuring our students know that they will be supported in their time of need.    The Changing Campus Culture initiative ( provides five concrete strategies that will assist Ohio colleges and universities to implement the best practices that will have the greatest chance of breaking the cycle of sexual violence.

How can my campus begin implementing the Changing Campus Culture initiative?

Campuses can begin by reviewing the Changing Campus Culture guide ( to identify which of the recommended strategies your campus is already engaged in and where there is still an opportunity to grow.  As a resource the ODHE has provided this self-assessment for campuses to evaluate their current practices with regards to the five Champing Campus Culture recommendations.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) will be hosting a Campus Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Summit in the spring with a focus on implementing the five recommendations.  Campuses can sign up for updates at  

Please note that many of the recommendations call for implementation by the start of the 2016-2017 academic year, including conducting a campus climate survey.  If your campus is not already administering a campus climate survey ODHE strongly recommends starting here first.

My campus is not currently using a campus climate survey, why should we implement one, and what resources are available for implementation and analysis?

Climate surveys provide insight about perceptions, knowledge, and attitudes towards sexual violence. Campuses have used climate survey to tailor their sexual misconduct policy and procedures, campus communication plans, and training and education programs to better meet the needs of students and fill any gaps on campus.

The ODHE will support campuses by disseminating a common climate survey, providing data analysis, providing technical support as needed, and making funds available to assist campuses implement new programs through a grant program.   

The ODHE-distributed climate survey includes a subset of 15 questions that will be collected from institutions across the state to set benchmarks for our statewide progress and allow campuses to compare themselves to other campuses. Please note that if a campus chooses to administer a different campus climate survey than the one provided by ODHE, the campus will also be asked to administer the benchmark questions to students.

My campus is already administering a campus climate survey, why do we need to administer the benchmarks provided by the ODHE? 

The Ohio Department of Higher Education recognizes that some campuses have already implemented a campus climate survey.  However, it is important for there to be common data points that allow us to measure our progress as a state and that allow institutions to compare themselves against a state average.  Therefore, any campus that has implemented an alternate climate survey or that plans to implement an alternate climate survey, rather than the one distributed by ODHE, is asked to also disseminate the common benchmark questions.  ODHE will aggregate results of these 15 benchmark questions from and share them with the field.

My campus is ready to implement comprehensive training programs for our campus community; what resources are available?

The ODHE is in the process of securing bulk rate purchasing for campuses and contracting with a consultant to provide regional training programs.  Campuses also can utilize online resources such as to review evidence-based programs aimed at violence prevention on college campuses. 

Is there a place where my campus can review best practices from other Ohio campuses?

The General Resources tab on this website will host several best practices from campuses across Ohio.  We invite campuses to review what others are doing and begin discussions about which program might serve your community best.  If you believe your campus has a best practice to share, please contact Kerry Soller,

How does my campus begin to adapt a survivor-centered strategy?

Survivors of sexual violence should feel they are believed and trust that the system works for them.  The ODHE will provide a statewide training on how to develop and implement a survivor-centered strategy for your campus.  Additionally, campuses are encouraged to partner with local community organizations to assist in responding to campus sexual violence.  The ODHE has provided model memorandums of understanding under the resource portal on this webpage to aid in the development of these important partnerships. 

How do I help my campus community understand the importance of the Changing Campus Culture initiative?

All of our campuses are struggling to prevent cases of sexual violence and to support survivors during the recovery process. Changing Campus Culture is an unparalleled opportunity to access statewide resources and collaborate with other campuses on this important work. By implementing all of the recommendations set forth in the Changing Campus Culture initiative campuses have the opportunity to employee best practices aimed at preventing further instances of sexual violence.  A comprehensive communications strategy, incorporating institutional data collected through the climate survey, as well as utilizing national campaigns can help start the conversation on your campus.

My campus already has established sexual misconduct response protocols what resources are available to make sure that it is up-to-date?

The ODHE will be providing a consultant to help campuses with comprehensive response protocols.  Additional details will be made available once the consultant has been secured; please sign up for updates as the Changing Campus Culture initiative continues to unfold.

What is the deadline for implementation of the various recommendations?

The expectation is that all campuses will have completed the climate survey and/or benchmark questions before the start of summer break.  The climate survey is a critical first step as the results from your campus survey should inform the implementation and development of the remaining recommendations.  All other recommendations should be ready for full implementation on your campus by the start of the 2016-2017 academic year.

ODHE will feature, on the website, campuses that complete the recommendations set forth in the Changing Campus Culture initiative.  Failure to implement the recommendations may also result in an inability to access individual campus grants or other future resources.

How does my institution apply for grant funding to support the Changing Campus Culture initiative?

The opportunity for institutions to apply for funding to support campus initiatives aimed at combatting sexual violence will be made available at the start of the new year.  Any grant funded program must be sustainable beyond the 2016-2017academic year.  In order to be eligible to receive the funds campuses must have completed both the campus climate survey and the benchmarks during the Spring 2016 semester.