Frequently Asked Questions
Bowdoin Experiences and Attitudes about Relationships and Sex.
The B.E.A.R.S. Survey (Bowdoin Experiences and Attitudes about Relationships and Sex) is a tool to collect important information concerning the culture at Bowdoin and student experiences here on campus. The survey will measure:
- campus culture and safety
- awareness of College resources and responses
- attitudes and perceptions surrounding relationships and sexual situations, including sexual assault and misconduct
The survey is completely anonymous.
- Understand students’ experiences and perceptions of relationships and sexual situations, including sexual assault and misconduct
- Learn how to better prevent sexual misconduct and gender based violence on campus
- Help build a community of sexual respect
The survey included a variety of questions that asked about student experiences regarding relationships and sexual situations at Bowdoin.
Survey responses are completely anonymous. Students received a unique link to the survey. When they completed the survey, their email, name and IP address were automatically erased by the Qualtrics survey software. Bowdoin is not able to connect responses back to individual students.
The survey was a collaborative effort involving a group of students and administrators here at Bowdoin. Many questions were sourced directly (with permission) from the previously released MIT and AAU surveys. In addition, several questions were adapted from notalone.gov, Williams College and Stanford University.
Bowdoin has shared aggregated results with the Bowdoin community. Any information that could be potentially identifying was not shared. Bowdoin will use the survey results to inform prevention programming and educate the community about sexual assault and misconduct.
Bowdoin shared a summary report of results November 2016.
What if I reveal something on the survey that could be considered illegal or violates Bowdoin policies?
The survey’s only purpose is to gather information about student experiences on campus in order to guide awareness, prevention, and response efforts at Bowdoin. Therefore, responses were completely anonymous and are not linked to the person in any way.
I would like to talk to someone about sexual misconduct or gender based violence at Bowdoin. Whom should I contact?
To make a report about sexual misconduct or gender based violence, please contact Benje Douglas at email@example.com or 207-721-5189.
Please e-mail Benje Douglas at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-721-5189 with any questions about the B.E.A.R.S. survey.