Climate Monitoring and New Initiatives

Vanderbilt proactively monitors the campus environment through periodic campus climate surveys. Overall, Vanderbilt takes extensive, specific actions to promote a safe and inclusive environment where all can succeed.

Provost’s Sexual Misconduct Prevention Committee

The Provost’s Sexual Misconduct Prevention Committee (PSMPC), formerly known as the Provost’s Task Force on Sexual Assault (PTFSA), reviews and recommends campus strategies for prevention of sexual misconduct and intimate partner violence; serves as a liaison to local campus units on these issues; and collaborates with student groups seeking to improve the campus climate regarding sexual misconduct and intimate partner violence. For AY18-19, the PSMPC will specifically focus on issues impacting the campus safety and security in regard to sexual misconduct prevention, and if time allows also review resource needs for prevention of sexual misconduct. Click here for the current membership.

Student Campus Climate

The last campus-wide student climate survey was completed in Spring 2015. All undergraduate, graduate and professional students were randomly assigned to receive one of two surveys.

Following best practices, Vanderbilt is conducting a second campus-wide student climate survey in Spring 2019 as a partner institution with the American Association of Universities (AAU).

Given the unique needs facing graduate and professional students, the Provost’s Sexual Misconduct Prevention Committee (PSMPC) incorporated the needs of graduate and professional students as part of its strategic work. Since 2016, the PTFSA, in collaboration with Project Safe, has taken several steps to address the needs of graduate and professional students, including:

  • Working with a team of graduate and professional students nominated from all relevant schools to provide feedback regarding graduate-facing programs;
  • Establishing graduate/professional student marketing plans for raising awareness;
  • Working with schools to ensure inclusion of trainings and resources in most school orientations; and
  • Providing informational connections through school associate deans and Director of Graduate Studies liaisons.

Action Overview