University of Montana students are being invited to complete the Safe Campus Survey, providing the university with information about knowledge, attitudes, and experiences regarding sexual and interpersonal violence.

Professor and Chair of the University of Montana Department of Psychology, Christine Fiore, said on Thursday, October 31, that the information gleaned from the voluntary survey will be made available to the University, and the Department of Justice and Office of Civil Rights, as well.

"The survey is a compilation of other surveys we have done over the years about a safe campus environment and it focuses on sexual experiences, stalking and intimate partner violence," Fiore said. "In our agreement with the Department of Justice and the Office of Civil Rights, we will administer that survey with additional questions about the campus environment, and if students are satisfied with our programs and services. We will complete this survey each fall for the next three years."

Fiore said there has been an impressive response so far with the number of students who have expressed interest in taking the survey.

"We've only had the survey up since Monday, and we already have 1,700 students who have made an attempt in completing it," Fiore said. "We're not sure how many have completed the survey, but 1,700 responses in one week is impressive, and we're happy with that."

Professor and Chair of the University of Montana Department of Psychology, Christine Fiore

All registered students are also required to complete and pass the PETSA (Personal Empowerment Through Self Awareness) survey before registering for classes.