Results from biennial comprehensive study of student perceptions, knowledge, and attitudes related to gender based harassment and violence.

Following are results from the State mandated 2020 Climate Survey, conducted during the 2020 Fall Semester, which sought to assess what our student community believes, thinks, and talks about relative to gender based harassment and violence at MICA.

Included are visuals highlighting selected data, with comparisons to the 2018 Climate Survey, followed by a March 1, 2021 memo sent to the MICA community that outlines top level results of the 2020 survey and action steps that will be taken by the College.


MICA Student Climate Survey: 2020 & 2018 Comparison of Highlighted Data


image of results from climate survey, comparision between 2016 and 2020 perception of student sense of belonging at MICA
From the 2020 Climate Survey, Student Sense of Belonging at MICA



From the 2020 Climate Survey, Student Perception of MICA's Response to Incident Reports


From the 2020 Climate Survey, the Student Experience at MICA in Relation to Unwanted Sexual Violence and Contact


From the 2020 Climate Survey, Individual Student Awareness of Resources and Procedures Related to Sexual Assault

Top Level Results from Fall Campus Climate Survey

March 1, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

This past Fall 2020 semester MICA conducted a biennial comprehensive survey of student perceptions, knowledge, and attitudes related to gender based harassment and violence. The State of Maryland requires this survey of all colleges and universities. Commonly referred to as a “climate survey,” this instrument sought to assess what our student community believes, thinks, and talks about relative to gender based harassment and violence at MICA.

A total of 113 students, representing both graduate and undergraduate students, took the time to respond giving MICA a wealth of important information to review. On behalf of the College we thank those that took the time to share with us their perspectives. The first set of data has already been shared with the Title IX Advisory Committee - a cross-constituent group of students, faculty, and staff - who will use it to help guide future educational, policy, and process recommendations.

Highlights showing the strength of the MICA community:

  • 72% agreed or strongly agreed that faculty, staff, and administrators respect what students on this campus think.

  • 61% agreed or strongly agreed that they feel valued in the classroom/studio/learning environment.

  • 86% of respondents thought it likely or very likely that most students at MICA would support someone needed to make a report.
  • Only 7% disagreed with the statement “I feel safe at MICA.”


Responses that indicate where work remains to be done:

  • Only 41% agreed or strongly agreed with the statement “the College does enough to protect the safety of students.”

  • Only 13% agreed or strongly agreed with the statement “I understand what happens when a student reports a claim of sexual assault at the College.”

  • 43% disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement “the College responds rapidly in difficult situations.”

  • Only 9% agreed or strongly agreed that they knew where to go to make a report of sexual assault.


Action Steps:

  • MICA has launched an online report form for any Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Non-Discrimination related concern, which was first announced on January 25th. This will hopefully address the last bullet point above in a manner that is readily accessible for our community.

  • MICA has engaged a third-party expert to improve the College’s complaint collection, investigation, and reporting processes.

  • The College is working through a multi-constituent advisory committee to seek support for the development of an ombuds system for students and staff.


It goes without saying that there is work to be done, and the data captured in this survey will help set the agenda for ongoing campus programming, process changes, and policy updates. It is our sense that the survey results largely confirmed what was already known about our campus. Many areas of strength were identified, in particular when it comes to the strength of our community and individual relationships. Conversely, improvements are needed with respect to the understanding of and ease of access to our systems and processes. MICA is committed to making the changes necessary to provide a safe and supportive environment.

Thank you for your commitment to this community.

Michael Z Patterson
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Interim Title IX Coordinator

Charlene Hayes
Human Resources Transition Leader