Dear Faculty,

The SpeakUPMC Climate Survey on Sexual Violence and Sexual Misconduct closes tomorrow, Friday March 4.

Here are FIVE GOOD REASONS for you to encourage your students to take the survey:

1.      One in five women and one in sixteen men are sexually assaulted while in college (from http://www.oag.state.md.us/reports/sexual_misconduct.pdf).
2.      Maryland women have the 6th highest lifetime prevalence of rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in the country (fromhttp://www.mcasa.org/_mcasaWeb/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Sexual-Assault-in-Maryland-2013.pdf).
3.      Regardless of whether they are in college, or of whether they experience violence on a college campus or somewhere else, women ages 18-24–the age of many of our students–are at greatest risk.
4.      The survey is an educational tool that provides relevant definitions, as well as information about confidential and non-confidential, internal and external reporting resources.
5.      Increasingly, community colleges are recognizing sexual violence as a retention issue.

Remember: the information students provide will help the College to shape future education programs, supports, and resources to improve our response to sexual violence.

Students access the survey through: http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/SpeakUpMC/.
Or, if they have any difficulty, they can go directly to: http://www.cvent.com/d/8fqzs2

How to get students involved:

•       Make an announcement in class about the survey
•       Forward this email to student’s to encourage them to participate
•       Offer extra credit to those who participate
•       Encourage anyone having technical difficulty to wait a few minutes and try again

What students need to know about the survey:

•       This survey is completely voluntary, anonymous, and confidential. It will not be tied to student’s lives at Montgomery College in any way.
•       Students who complete the survey can download a Certificate of Completion; professors who offer the survey as an extra credit option can collect certificates to confirm completion.
•       The first 2000 students who complete the survey will be awarded $5 WEPA printing cards.
•       The survey should take roughly 20-25 minutes to complete; students may choose not to answer any questions they are uncomfortable with.

Thank you for your support of this important initiative!

Esther Schwartz-McKinzie, Ph.D.
Professor
English and Reading

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