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The Campus Climate Survey results will be submitted directly to a secure Rankin & Associates server, where any computer identification that might identify participants is deleted from the submissions. Any comments provided by participants are also separated at submission so that comments are not attributed to any demographic characteristics. These comments will be analyzed using content analysis and submitted as an appendix to the survey report. Anonymous quotes from submitted comments will also be used throughout the report to give “voice” to the quantitative data.
In the event of any publication or presentation resulting from the assessment, no personally identifiable information will be shared. Your confidentiality in participating will be kept to the degree permitted by the technology used. Rankin & Associates will strip IP addresses when the survey is submitted. While no guarantees can be made regarding the interception of data sent via the Internet by any third parties, the survey is run on a firewalled Web server with forced 128-bit SSL security. The survey is stored in an SQL database that can only be accessed locally. The server itself may only be accessed using encrypted SSH connections originating from the local network. The Web server runs with the SE-Linux security extensions (that were developed by the NSA).
In addition, the external consultant (Rankin & Associates) will not report any group data for groups of fewer than 10 individuals that may be small enough to compromise confidentiality. Instead, Rankin & Associates will combine the groups to eliminate any potential for demographic information to be identifiable. Please also remember that you do not have to answer any question or questions about which you are uncomfortable.