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PSAC Survey FAQs

Survey Overview

The Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) will conduct a secure, confidential survey of Ithaca campus students, faculty and staff from February 8-21, 2021. The purpose of the survey is to capture perspectives from the campus community related to policing on Cornell’s Ithaca campus. These findings will support the PSAC as it examines campus security and safety now and in the future and will inform its recommendations to university leadership as part of ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion work at Cornell.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Cornell conducting this survey, and how will survey data be used?

Survey results will help the Public Safety Advisory Committee better understand the perspectives and experiences of Ithaca campus students, faculty and staff concerning services offered by campus police now and in the future. Data will provide insight into the attitudes and beliefs of our diverse campus community regarding appropriate levels and types of policing and the policies, procedures and trainings used by Cornell Police. These findings will help inform PSAC as it develops recommendations to President Pollack and university leadership for any needed improvements or changes to current practices. In June 2020, among other initiatives, President Pollack called for the PSAC to “redouble their efforts to engage our community, with a specific focus on procedures and trainings in the areas of use of force, de-escalation techniques and cultural competency.”

Who is conducting the survey? What form will it take?

The Office of Institutional Research and Planning is conducting the survey on behalf of the Public Safety Advisory Committee. It will be an email survey distributed to all Ithaca campus faculty, staff and students. Employees without access to a computer as part of their jobs are encouraged to speak with their HR director if computer access is needed. The survey should take 7 minutes to complete. It includes a question for respondents to indicate their interest in participating in follow-up focus groups for fuller discussions on maintaining a safe campus for all.

Will responses be anonymous?

Yes. All names and other Cornell identifiers are removed during data analysis, which only occurs in aggregate form by Institutional Research and Planning. Survey reports or summaries provided to PSAC or other administrators will not include any identifying information.

If I choose to participate in a follow-up focus group, and I am selected to participate, will my responses be kept confidential?

Yes. Respondents who express a willingness to participate in a focus group will be sequestered from the other data collected in the survey, and their answers to the survey will not factor into any decisions for focus group participation. When data are analyzed, all personal identifying information, including Cornell NetIDs, will be removed.

Will the data be secure?

Yes. All information is stored on secure Cornell servers.

Who is the survey contact for further questions?

Please contact Jason Hecht, Office of Institutional Research and Planning, at for more information.