Qualtrics (Survey Tool)
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Cornell provides a survey tool, Qualtrics, for use at no cost by Cornell faculty, staff, and students. Users can create and distribute their own surveys and gather information in support of the university's educational mission and organizational goals. Qualtrics has been reviewed by CIT's security team and approved for conducting surveys at Cornell.
Use the Survey Tool
Learn how to create and distribute a survey at the Qualtrics Academic Support Portal. Click Qualtrics Support, then under Select a support topic, click Survey Platform. In the left-hand menu, starting partway down, you'll see entries for different parts of Qualtrics (Projects Page, Survey Tab, Action Tab, etc.) The first listing under each is an overview of that subject, followed by more specific topics.
If you prefer learning by video, visit the Qualtrics Experience Basecamp. Click Qualtrics CoreXM or Research Methodology. If prompted to sign in, click Sign in with SSO. For Organization ID, type cornell. You will then be able to sign in using CUWebLogin. You'll be asked to authorize the application.
Human participant research conducted by or on behalf of Cornell researchers must receive prior approval or exemption from Cornell University's Institutional Review Board (IRB). Even in some cases where IRB review is not required under the federal regulations, researchers conducting online surveys may nevertheless need to comply with Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when collecting identifiable or coded personal data from persons who are physically present in certain European countries at the time of data collection. Contact the IRB (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Cornell’s Privacy Officer (email@example.com) to ensure that your research complies with the GDPR.
To determine whether or not your research requires review and approval by the IRB, review the decision tree Does Your Project Require an Application to the Cornell IRB Office? (linked under Do I Need IRB Approval?), a PDF published by Cornell's Office of Research Integrity and Assurance. Visit the IRB website for more information.
Any downloading of sensitive data from Qualtrics may only go to a computer, device, or server that is approved to handle it. Personally owned computers and devices should not be used, and work computers should be enrolled in Certified Desktop.
In addition to the documentation on this website, you can visit Qualtrics Support for answers to most other questions and assistance with using the service. See Sign In to Submit a Request to Qualtrics Support.
- Reactivate a disabled account (more information)
- Change survey ownership
- Add survey administrative collaborators outside Cornell
- Allow your account to view name, email, IP address, and location fields in survey reporting
- Recover a deleted survey
- Send an invitation to a very large group (more information)
- Adjust account permissions or other account-related issues, such as moving your account to or from a different institution
If you are a researcher looking to recruit participants for your research, you can contact Jeron Gilbert, Qualtrics' Research Services Account Executive, to discuss the for-fee services they offer.
Cornell University is committed to diversity and inclusiveness with the goal of providing an accessible, usable and welcoming environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors with disabilities.
Qualtrics' Check Survey Accessibility feature diagnoses your survey, indicates which questions are inaccessible, and gives other recommendations for increased accessibility to help you work towards WCAG 2.0 AA (and Section 508) compliant surveys.
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