climate survey 2013

climate change is in your hands. take the campus climate survey.


Survey Background

Every 4-5 years, UW-L conducts a university-wide survey in order to assess the current climate on our campus. "Campus climate" is a measure of the campus environment as it relates to interpersonal, academic, and professional interactions (UC Regents, Campus Climate Report). Responses from previous UW-L surveys in 2004 and 2008 have led to the creation of new campus offices and increased funding for diversity and inclusion initiatives, including:

  • Research & Resource Center for Campus Climate

  • Hate/Bias Response (Hate Response Team and Online Reporting Form)

  • Awareness through Performance

  • Funding for a Violence Prevention Specialist

  • Employee Morale Retreats

This is a critical initiative, one that we as a university embrace and support, because this survey gives UW-L community members an opportunity to describe their own personal experiences/observations, and an outlet to offer suggestions for change that might enhance the climate. The data is used to identify strategies for addressing potential challenges and support positive diversity and inclusion initiatives. The survey is supported by the Campus Climate Office, 1120 Centennial Hall.


2013 Survey Details

Two surveys have been created for the UW-L campus, one for employees and one for students. Both will take about 20-30 minutes to complete and both are completely confidential. The chancellor has granted a half hour of release time for employees who would like to take the survey, with the request that staff work with their supervisors for office/work coverage.


The timeline for the 2013 survey is as follows:

  • Monday, February 4 - Survey Opens

  • Friday, March 1 - Survey Closes

  • Spring -Summer 2013 - Data Assessment

  • Fall 2013 - Presentations to Campus

2013 Survey Access

The link to the survey has been sent to all UW-L email addresses. Please check your account! If you need the link re-sent, contact the Campus Climate Office at If you do not have access to a computer or prefer to take a written survey, please contact the Research and Resource Center for Campus Climate at 785-5094.



Your responses to this survey are completely confidential. You will not be asked to provide any identifiable information. Further, your participation in this project is voluntary. This research has been reviewed and approved by our Institutional Review Board. If you have questions regarding your rights as a research subject, please contact Dr. Bart Vanvoorhis, chair of the UW-La Crosse Institutional Review Board at



Participants who complete the survey will have an opportunity to win one of several prizes through a random drawing. The prizes for students were provided by the Residence Hall Association Council (RHAC) and the Campus Pepsi fund.


Students are eligible for prizes such as:

  • Best Buy gift cards ranging from $25-$100

  • Freight House $60 gift certificates

  • Dinner with the chancellor!

  • Campus Cash ranging from $10-$50

  • iTunes gift cards ranging from $20-$50

  • UW-L $25 gift cards

  • Wal-mart $25 gift cards

  • Target $25 gift cards

  • Festival Foods $25 gift cards

  • Rivoli Movie Theatre $10 gift cards

  • Moka Coffee Shop $5 gift cards

  • Jade Cafe $5 gift cards

  • McCaffery's Coffee $5 gift cards

  • Kwik Trip gift cards ranging from $5-$10

Employees are eligible for prizes such as:

  • Chancellor's parking spot for a day!

  • Barnes & Noble $25 gift card

  • Piggy's Restaurant $25 gift card

  • Maroon & Grey blankets

  • Medium-size grey totes

  • Festival Foods gift cards

  • Kwik Trip gas cards

  • 2 tickets to a CAB Event

  • 4 Tickets to a UW-L athletic event

Workgroup Members

Barbara Student (Principal Investigator), Laurie Cooper Stoll (Principal Investigator), Nizam Arain, Patrick Barlow, Chris Coppess, Chris Dziekan, Graciela Engen, Matt Evensen, Amanda Goodenough, Thomas Harris, Yang Cha Thao, Karmin Van Domelen, Will Van Roosenbeek



Questions concerning this project should be directed to: Barbara Stewart, 785-5092 or Laurie Cooper Stoll, 785-8664.