By Mary Beth Marklein @mbmarklein
HANOVER, N.H. — Activists working to put an end to sexual assault on campus want colleges to publicly release any surveys they conduct that gauge the scope of the problem at their schools.
A White House task force urges colleges to undertake the studies, sometimes knows as “campus climate surveys.” But a Department of Justice official said Tuesday that such surveys don’t always have to be made public.
“I think the climate surveys … really are for the university to use to try and identify where those gaps are for that particular university,” said Bea Hanson, deputy director of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women. “I think that it would serve as more as a learning tool. … the idea is not necessarily that that is published information but that the climate surveys are done and they’re done in a way using questions that really reflect the needs of sexual assault survivors.”