Inclusive Campus Survey

The University's Spirit of Inclusion articulates that we strive to create a community characterized by "mutual respect, hospitality, and warmth in which none are strangers and all may flourish." With this commitment in mind, we want to ensure all students, regardless of differences in background, identity, or views, are treated with dignity and respect and feel a strong sense of belonging at Notre Dame. 

In order to help determine whether we are meeting our aspirations, the University administers the Inclusive Campus Student Survey to assess the overall climate on campus related to diversity and inclusion. All students at all levels, both undergraduate and graduate, are asked to participate and share their experiences.

The 2020 survey was the second administration of the Inclusive Campus Student Survey. The survey instrument was developed by the Office of Strategic Planning & Institutional Research (OSPIR) and in consultation with numerous students, faculty, and staff. 

All individual answers are held in the strictest confidence. OSPIR is responsible for data management and reporting. No one will examine individual answers to any questions, and survey results are not reported in a manner that could identify individuals. Consistent with Notre Dame’s prior administration of this survey, aggregated results will be shared with the university community.

If you have questions or technical issues with completing the survey, please contact OSPIR at irsurvey@nd.edu

Survey Results

2020 Survey Results

Two documents sharing results of the 2020 Inclusive Campus Student Survey are available for members of the Notre Dame community to download using their NetID and password:

2020 Inclusive Campus Survey Report
(Includes responses to each quantitative question)

2020 Qualitative Summary
(Includes themes from all write-in comments)

Similar to 2018, the 2020 survey results show that the Notre Dame community has many strengths, but also challenges that continue to demand the University's collective attention. While 82% of students who responded to the survey reported they feel a sense of belonging at Notre Dame, 18% of our community reported being neutral or disagreed that they feel a sense of belonging. Almost 2,200 student respondents (43%) shared they have experienced some sort of adverse treatment at Notre Dame. Similar to 2018, the most common adverse treatment was verbal interactions with fellow students, but instances ranged from offensive jokes to exclusion or isolation, and included interactions with faculty and staff.

2018 Survey Results

Two documents sharing results of the 2018 Inclusive Campus Student Survey are available for members of the Notre Dame community to download using their NetID and password:

Inclusive Campus Survey Report
(Includes responses to each quantitative question)

Qualitative Summary
(Includes themes from all write-in comments)

Exploration

Throughout the 2018-2019 academic year, Vice President for Student Affairs, Erin Hoffmann Harding, along with Vice President and Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, Laura Carlson, and Vice President and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, Rev. Hugh Page, spent substantial time discussing the survey results to explore how the Notre Dame community can be better. Initiatives included open office hours and conversations with over 30 distinct student groups, residence halls, and faculty gatherings. In addition, a number of student leaders led peer-to-peer focus groups in Spring 2019.

We always welcome more conversation about what the University can do to support the experience of all students. We will also continue to administer the Inclusive Campus Student Survey every few years to measure our progress on these efforts. We encourage students to engage with support resources, programming, and initiatives that celebrate and promote our diverse community in the Gender Relations Center, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, the Office of Student Enrichment, Campus Ministry, Sara Bea Accessibility Services, the Family Resource Center, Student Government, and in various academic, performing arts, special interest and cultural Student Organizations.