Responses are collected by HERI and are anonymous. HERI will not ask survey respondents for their name or other purposefully identifying information. Respondents do have the opportunity to provide their email address for potential follow-up surveys, but only if they explicitly answer “yes” when prompted, and their email address will remain confidential. The data file Clemson receives from HERI does not include email addresses or other identifiers such as name or birth date. Reporting (e.g., breakouts based on demographic category) from HERI with fewer than five respondents will be suppressed in order to protect confidentiality. However, please keep in mind faculty members are responsible for the comments they provide in response to open-ended survey questions and should avoid including self-identifying information in those comments whenever possible. Likewise, as with many surveys, a series of responses to various demographic questions could allow the recipient(s) of the institutional data file to logically deduce a respondent’s identity. Any individuals receiving the data file within Clemson’s Office for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment have completed HERI’s Research Approval Form, asserting in part: By receiving this data file, we agree that these data will be used only for statistical analyses and reporting of aggregated information, and not for the investigation of specific individuals. In affirming this agreement, we give assurance that use of these data will conform to widely accepted standards of practice and legal restrictions that are intended to protect the confidentiality of research subjects. We also give assurance that no survey respondent will be sanctioned based on any answer provided in the 2016-2017 HERI Faculty Survey.
For more information on faculty confidentiality and privacy involving the HERI faculty survey, click here