Student Life Survey Policy

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In an effort to coordinate assessment efforts across the division and ease survey fatigue with students, the following guidelines have been developed for the administration of surveys by units within the Division of Student Life.

Policy Information

  • Unit: Assessment and Research
  • Date Established: 06/01/2019
  • Date Last Updated: 06/01/2019

Policy Statement

The Office of Assessment and Research must approve all surveys conducted by Student Life offices that will be administered to 100 or more students. The goals of these guidelines are to:

  • Ensure that assessment efforts are coordinated across the Division.
  • Minimize the overlap of survey timing and purpose.
  • Reduce the demands on respondents.
  • Ensure that surveys that meet the federal definition of research involving human subjects are referred to the Institutional Review Board.
  • Ensure that major surveys undergo an accessibility review.   


Request Survey Approval

To obtain approval, contact the Office of Assessment and Research with your request.

If you are requesting approval for a survey, your request should contain the following information:

  • Primary contact for project
  • Research questions you want answered via the survey
  • Connection to unit assessment plan/strategic plan
  • Description of the population being assessed
  • Timeline of administration and completion of executive summary
  • Method of administration
  • Draft of survey instrument

Approval Deadlines

All materials must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the desired launch date for your survey. Surveys that require an accessibility review will also be required to provide a preview link for testing.


The Office of Assessment and Research reserves the right to refuse approval, alter administration dates, combine assessment efforts, or supply a representative sample of students from the population.


For additional information, please contact:

University at Buffalo
1Capen, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-3133