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Office of Institutional Research



UMD Campus Climate Data Access Process

In spring 2016, UMD students, faculty, and staff participated in an assessment of campus climate. Visit the UMD Campus Climate Surveys webpage for complete information.

The assessment was completed by Dr. Susan Rankin of Rankin and Associates. Assessment results were shared with the University community in September 2016.

The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) houses the Campus Climate Survey datafile with de-identified individual assessment responses. These data may be made available to internal researchers following the process provided below.

      1. Prospective researcher completes the Campus Climate Survey Data Proposal form and submits it to
      2. OIR forwards proposal to the convener of data review subcommittee of the Campus Climate Leadership Team.
      3. Subcommittee reviews the proposal to determine if the research question can be examined with the current data without compromising confidentiality.
      4. Subcommittee makes recommendation to OIR. If approved, the prospective researcher is contacted and advised of next steps, which may include submission of an IRB application requesting secondary use of the dataset.
      5. If approved by the IRB, the researcher is provided with only the summarized dataset necessary to respond to the research question. (Cohorts with fewer than five respondents will be aggregated up to the next level.)
      6. Researcher shares project outcomes with Campus Climate Leadership Team.

OIR will provide raw datasets to internal researchers at no cost.  Projects requesting that OIR provide data summaries or additional data analysis will be charged at the rate of $53.50 per hour.

All requests will be prioritized within OIR’s existing project schedule.

Note that UMPR oversees any external data requests.



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