Climate Survey Frequently Asked Questions


What is the survey?

GU-Q is administering its first cultural climate survey using the Culturally Engaging Campus Environments (CECE) survey instrument. The assessment will enable the university to gain a better understanding of students’ perceptions and experiences related to issues of diversity, inclusion, and the university’s resources and response on matters related to sexual misconduct. More specifically, the survey will examine an array of identity and diversity distinctions, including race, ethnicity, faith, ability, gender and other backgrounds. 

Why is Georgetown administering a survey on cultural climate?

The purpose of the survey is to help the university identify things we are doing well as well as areas of concern. This survey will allow us to examine the students’ participation in practices that meaningfully engage their communities around issues of diversity, perceptions of institutional diversity, representation of marginalized groups, and experiences within the cultural climate on campus, and perspectives about how well faculty engage culturally relevant and responsive practices in the classroom. The survey will also assess attitudes among students about our campus climate, and knowledge and awareness of available university resources related to sexual misconduct. Data will help inform how we enhance or build meaningful programs and support systems to ensure an inclusive education for all members of our community. 

How is the survey administered?

The survey is administered electronically by Georgetown’s Office of Assessment and Decision Support (OADS), in partnership with the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Affirmative Action (IDEAA) on Main Campus, and the Title IX Offices in both Washington, DC and Qatar. The survey is open from Monday, January 25 to Thursday, February 25, 2021. A report on responses to the survey will be shared in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Why should I take the survey?

A high response rate is crucial for accurate results. We are looking for the best and most accurate data in order to inform our policies, practices and next actionable steps. We want our results to reflect the diversity and breadth of students and student experiences at Georgetown. All students’ voices are most welcomed because of their contribution to the campus climate and environment.

If a student has a question or difficulty completing the survey, who should they contact?

If you have any technical questions about the survey or have difficulty accessing the survey, please contact the Office of Assessment and Decision Support at oads@georgetown.edu. Other questions can be directed to Nicole Heinz in GU-Q’s Title IX Office at titleixguq@georgetown.edu.

Will the survey be accessible to students with visual and other disabilities?

This is an online survey and the survey platform is compatible with screen reader software. The appropriate steps will be taken to ensure that the survey is accessible to all students. Students who need any disability-related assistance or auxiliary aids in order to access university resources, including the survey, should contact the Student Wellness and Counseling Center (SWCC) at guqstudentwellness@georgetown.edu

Were students involved in the development and planning of this survey?

Yes. Students from GU-Q’s Title IX Working Group, as well as faculty and staff, served in an advisory role in the modification of the survey for the Qatar campus. They were also involved in identifying effective means of informing the community about the survey and encouraging students to complete it. 

How was the language of the survey customized for GU-Q? 

We heard helpful feedback from many constituents on campus, including students, faculty, and staff, about the wording of the survey and which categories and terms would resonate with and best represent members of the GU-Q community. The use or omission of certain terminology in the survey does not indicate an endorsement of any particular term over another.

Why weren’t faculty and staff surveyed?

While we may consider surveying our faculty and staff on these topics in the future, in order to maintain comparability with the other schools that used a similar survey instrument, these particular survey instruments will be administered separately to students. 

Who analyzes the data?

The de-identified data will be analyzed by the Office of Assessment and Decision Support in Washington, DC. 

Is the survey confidential? Who will have the data? Could my data be identified?

We will protect the confidentiality of your answers. Every effort will be made to keep any information collected about you confidential. All participants will be assigned a randomly generated ID number. The random ID is used to send follow-up email reminders to students who have not yet completed the survey. Information about your name, email or IP address will be removed before any analysis takes place. You will never be associated with your responses in any analysis or reports from this study. The de-identified survey data will be maintained in digital form on a secured, password protected site maintained by the Georgetown University Box system. The results will be presented in summary so no individual can be identified.

Will the results of the survey be publicly available?

Yes.  Survey results will be shared with the GU community in the 2021-2022 year.

Is this survey approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB)?

Georgetown University in Qatar’s IRB (GU-Q IRB) reviewed and approved the study protocols (ID: STUDY00003315).

How has Georgetown engaged on issues of diversity and inclusion?

Georgetown thrives by sharing our extraordinary range of life experiences and learning from our differences. Georgetown is committed to making sure that campus programs and services respond to the needs of all students. We recognize that race, ethnicity, gender, religion, class, disability status and other factors uniquely impact the experience of each student.

One of our most diverse campuses is Georgetown University in Qatar, and the many different cultural and religious backgrounds of our students requires vigilance to maintain inclusion across the university.

The mission of IDEAA is to promote a deep understanding and appreciation among the diverse members of the University community to result in justice and equality, as well as to lead efforts to create an inclusive academic and work environment on all of Georgetown’s campuses. IDEAA is responsible for promoting institutional diversity throughout the institution, fostering a climate of inclusion in the classroom and workplace, and taking proactive measures to ensure that members of our community feel a sense of belonging. 

Learn more about the university’s commitments and efforts to strengthen the campus climate by visiting https://www.georgetown.edu/university-commitments-to-inclusion-and-to-strengthening-our-campus-climate/