Formerly Executive Memorandum 94-108
Initially Approved: January 1, 1978
Revised: July 3, 1978
Revised: June 1, 1986
Revised: April 15, 1987
Revised: June 1, 1999
Revised: December 17, 2003
Policy Topic: Governance and Administration
Administering Office: University Planning
This policy exists to coordinate the many surveys conducted on campus, protect the
rights of those being surveyed and the instructional processes of the University,
as well as to have official approval where some organization, unit, or individual
of the University is conducting a paper or electronic survey in the name of the University.
This policy shall not be used to unreasonably restrict academic endeavors or otherwise
violate the principles of academic freedom as set out in The Code. This policy is
not meant to infringe upon the rights of any group or individual wanting to conduct
a survey which does not involve the use of University resources, letterhead, or any
other indications of University approval or sponsorship.
The following are the categories of paper or electronic surveys which come within
- Surveys and inquiries which are addressed to a major part of the faculty, staff, and/or
students of the University and are conducted by an official body of the institution
or by an individual faculty, staff, or student representative.
- Surveys conducted on or off campus in the name of the University by an employee or
organized unit of the University.
Surveys by an individual faculty or staff member or student not falling into one of
the categories above are exempt from this policy. The procedure to be followed in
obtaining permission to conduct surveys subject to this policy originating in University
- The survey proposal will go from the originator to the Department or Division Head.
- The Department or Division Head will forward one copy of the survey proposal to the
Office of University Planning and another copy to the Dean, in the area of Academic
Affairs, or the appropriate Vice Chancellor for all other areas.
- The Dean will forward his copy and recommendation to the Vice Chancellor for Academic
Affairs. The Vice Chancellors will route all survey proposals to the Director of University
Planning with their recommendation. The Director of University Planning will be responsible
for the necessary consultation in regard to providing information on surveys and obtaining
any necessary approval at this level.
- If the survey is part of a research project which requires approval by the Institutional
Review Board, the survey will be submitted directly to the committee. The originator
does not need to submit the survey to the Department or Division Head.
- Surveys developed by other University organizations or units, including committees,
that do not report through a Vice Chancellor or equivalent will be forwarded directly
to the Office of University Planning.
Surveys which are to be administered through the web are subject to the additional
- Electronic surveys not related to university business shall not be developed by the
University Planning Office or the IT division.
- Electronic surveys shall contain a statement concerning the privacy of the responder's
responses, how the data from the survey will be analyzed, and who will see the results
of the survey. In addition, an email address and telephone number should be provided
as contact information in case of questions or technical problems.
- Web surveys shall be compatible with the most widely used web browsers.
- Electronic surveys shall meet ADA, Level 1 Standards for accessibility as well as
IT policies or guidelines. These guidelines are available by contacting the IT division
and the Office of Public Information for policies and guidelines.
- When possible, all surveys should be encrypted with an encryption method, such as
secured socket layer (SSL) that has been approved by the IT Division, to assure the
responder that the information that they type will not be viewed by anyone else. All
databases used to store data should be in a secured location on a university-managed
- Electronic surveys should be designed to ensure that when the responder completes
the survey, a message appears indicating that the survey has been completed and transmitted.