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Campus climate assessments
Education (EDN) CHAPTER 16, TITLE 7, ARTICLE 129-B
§ 6445. Campus climate assessments. 1. Every institution shall
conduct, no less than every other year, a campus climate assessment to
ascertain general awareness and knowledge of the provisions of this
article, including student experience with and knowledge of reporting
and college adjudicatory processes, which shall be developed using
standard and commonly recognized research methods.

2. The assessment shall include questions covering, but not be limited
to, the following:

a. the Title IX Coordinator's role;

b. campus policies and procedures addressing sexual assault;

c. how and where to report domestic violence, dating violence,
stalking or sexual assault as a victim, survivor or witness;

d. the availability of resources on and off campus, such as
counseling, health and academic assistance;

e. the prevalence of victimization and perpetration of domestic
violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault on and off campus
during a set time period;

f. bystander attitudes and behavior;

g. whether reporting individuals disclosed to the institution and/or
law enforcement, experiences with reporting and institution processes,
and reasons why they did or did not report;

h. the general awareness of the difference, if any, between the
institution's policies and the penal law; and

i. general awareness of the definition of affirmative consent.

3. Every institution shall take steps to ensure that answers to such
assessments remain anonymous and that no individual is identified.
Institutions shall publish results of the surveys on their website
provided that no personally identifiable information or information
which can reasonably lead a reader to identify an individual shall be

4. Information discovered or produced as a result of complying with
this section shall not be subject to discovery or admitted into evidence
in any federal or state court proceeding or considered for other
purposes in any action for damages brought by a private party against an
institution, unless, in the discretion of the court, any such
information is deemed to be material to the underlying claim or defense.