FAQ: 2020 Columbia Student Well-Being Survey


The Big Picture

Who takes the survey:    All currently enrolled degree-seeking Columbia students who were 18 years old as of Feb. 10, 2020
What does it cover:        Campus life, mental health, and sexual respect and gender-based misconduct
When do I take it:           February 10 to March 6, 2020, but the deadline to take the survey has been extended to Sunday, March 15. 
Where do I find it:          Email from wellbeingsurvey@datastat.com with your survey link 
How long will it take:    20-30 minutes
Why take it:                   Make your voice heard! Enhance campus life and strengthen programs and resources; show where students are thriving and what challenges you face; and win great prizes!

The Prizes

When you take the survey, you'll automatically be entered to win amazing prizes including tickets to sporting events and Broadway shows, electronics, a spa package and more!

Visit the Prize Details page to see what goodies are still available.

Complete the survey now for better odds of winning! 

Survey Privacy and Prize Information

1. Who is collecting the survey that I complete?

DataStat, a company that is not affiliated with Columbia, administers the survey using an encrypted platform. DataStat specializes in health and public policy research and also administered the Columbia Student Well-Being Survey in 2018.

All surveys have been sent from wellbeingsurvey@datastat.com, and students will receive a weekly email from DataStat with a link until they complete the survey.

Columbia will not see your responses. Columbia will only receive survey data stripped of any identifying information.

Note: If you forward your Columbia UNI email to your Gmail or another service, the link will not work. To take the survey, you must click the link in your Columbia UNI email.

2. How will my privacy be protected? Will the University have access to or store my information?

Your participation will be confidential and individual responses are anonymous. DataStat’s platform is encrypted, and Columbia will only receive survey data stripped of any identifying information.  

3. How will I know if I have won a prize?

Everyone who completes the survey is entered automatically for weekly chances to win a $200 gift card or other prizes such as:

  • Yankees, Knicks, Hamilton and Hadestown tickets

  • Spa package 

  • Four 30-day Unlimited Ride MetroCards 

  • Monthly box of healthy treats in the mail for a year  

  • Physical fitness package (yoga, pilates, barre, cycling) 

  • $500 Columbia Bookstore voucher

  • Electronics package 

Every week, DataStat will randomly draw 27 winners from the surveys completed so far. Anyone who is not chosen for a prize is automatically re-entered in every drawing that follows, with one drawing every week. DataStat will email winners. Because everyone’s participation is confidential, only the winners will know that they were selected. 

Complete early for better odds of winning a prize and for more chances to win!

Learn more about all the prizes and how you can help your school win $1,000.

4. I still haven't received my survey invitation. What should I do? 

Degree-seeking Columbia students who are currently enrolled part-time, full-time, or online, and who were 18 years old as of Feb. 10, 2020, have all been sent a survey invitation.

If you meet those criteria and still haven’t received the invitation, make sure that you’re checking your Columbia UNI email inbox (UNI@columbia.edu). If you have your email forwarded to another account — such as Gmail, you’ll need to go into your Columbia-provided inbox to get the email.

If you’re in your Columbia inbox and still can’t find it, please check your spam folders. The email has been sent from wellbeingsurvey@datastat.com, and you'll be getting a reminder email every six days or so until you complete the survey.

If you still can’t find the invitation, please write to universitylife@columbia.edu and someone will assist you.  

5. I'm having technical problems with the survey. What should I do?

We're sorry you're having difficulties completing the survey. Please write to wellbeing@datastat.com and someone there will respond within 24 hours. 

6. I have another question about the survey. Who should I ask?

You can write to universitylife@columbia.edu and someone there can assist you. You can also contact Jie Zeng, project director, at 212-853-0311 or jie.zeng@columbia.edu or Dr. Claude Ann Mellins, the principal investigator and a faculty member from CUIMC, at 646-774-6934 or cam14@cumc.columbia.edu.

Return to the 2020 Columbia Student Well-Being Survey homepage.

This survey has been reviewed and approved by the Columbia University Institutional Review Board. Columbia University IRB Protocol AAAS7283.