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Demographic Definitions

Not all surveys are created equal and therefore each may define demographic parameters differently. We are providing definitions to these demographic parameters for each of the surveys represented in the data dashboards.

Should a demographic parameter result in fewer than 10 respondents, that parameter will be omitted from the dashboard visualization to protect the anonymity of respondents.

NCHA II Demographic Definitions

Sex & Gender: Respondents are reported as male or female only when their responses to these three questions are consistent with one another. If students' gender identity is consistent with their sex at birth AND the student selects "no" for transgender, then respondents are designated as either male or female. If respondents select "yes" for transgender OR their sex at birth is not consistent with their gender identity, then they are designated as non-binary. A respondent that skips any of the three questions is designated as unknown.

Sexual Orientation: Respondents are reported as Heterosexual/Straight or Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and/or Queer (LGBQ) based on their response to the following question: "Which term best describes your sexual orientation?"  If respondents selected "Straight/Heterosexual" then they were categorized as such.  If respondents selected Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay or Queer, they were categorized as LGBQ.  

Race: Respondents are reported as Asian or Pacific Islander, Biracial or Multiracial, Hispanic or Latino/a, or White or Black based on their response to the following question: "How do you usually describe yourself? (Please select ALL that apply)."  Response options for this question included American Indian or Native Alaskan, Asian or Asian American, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino/a/x, Middle Eastern/North African (MENA) or Arab Origin,  Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander Native, White, Biracial or Multiracial, and Another Identity.  Respondents who selected "yes" to one of those response options were categorized as such.  Respondents who selected "yes" to two or more of those response options were categorized as "Biracial or Multiracial."  

International Student:  Respondents are reported at International Students or Domestic Students based on their response to the following question: "Do you have a visa (for example: F-1, J-1, or M-1) to study or work in the United States?"  If respondents select "yes" then they are designated as an "International Student."  If respondents select "no" then they are designated as a "Domestic Student."

Residence:  Respondents are reported as residing in Campus/University Housing, Greek Housing, or Off-campus Housing based on their responses to two questions.  First, respondents are asked "Do you live in a fraternity or sorority residence?"  If respondents answer "yes" they are designated as residing in "Greek Housing."  If students select "no" they are asked "Where do you currently live?"  Respondents who indicate they live in Campus/University Housing are designated as such. Respondents who indicate they reside in Off-campus Housing are designated as such.

Year in School:  Respondents are reported as 1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year and 5th year undergraduates based on their response to the following question: "What is your year in school?"  If respondents selected 1st year, they were reported as such.

Greek:  Respondents are reported as Greek Affiliated or Not Affiliated based on their response to the following question: "Are you a member of a social fraternity or sorority?"  If respondents select "yes" they are designated as "Greek Affiliated."  If respondents select "no" then they are designated as "Not Affiliated."

Varsity:  Respondents are reported as Varsity Affiliated or Not Affiliated based on their response to the following question: " Do you participate in organized college athletics at any of the following levels?
Varsity."   Respondents who select "yes" are designated as "Varsity Affiliated."  Respondents who select "no" are designated as "Not Affiliated."