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Faculty & Staff

March 23, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

One of the highest priorities of the university is to ensure that Winthrop students feel safe on campus, particularly concerning issues of sexual harassment/assault. To benchmark where we are in terms of student safety and awareness of support services, I am pleased to announce that Winthrop will conduct for the first time a Campus Climate Survey from March 27 through April 21, 2017, among the goals of which are to:

•Generate baseline data on the nature and extent of sexual harassment/assault at Winthrop
•Determine perceptions about how well campus authorities and local law enforcement handle reports of sexual harassment/assault
•Identify campus constituencies in need of support
•Determine areas for improvement

Next week, I will invite all students—undergraduate and graduate, residents and commuters, regardless of gender and sexual orientation—to participate in this completely confidential survey. I ask you to strongly encourage students in your classes and as you interact with them around campus to participate. Our use of a 3rd party server will ensure all data will be de-identified, so a student’s individual responses will never be revealed.

We need to hear from a great many students to learn where we are and what we can do to improve. The quality of the data from the survey depends on student participation. We are anticipating a relatively high response rate. The link will be available through Wingspan, and there will be other promotional efforts around campus.

Thank you in advance for helping us spread the word about the survey; student participation is fundamental for its success.

On a related note, I want you to know that in recent months, offices across campus came together to create a comprehensive Title IX website that provides important information on preventing sexual violence, gender inequality and discrimination. I encourage you to review the website and your rights, reporting options, and more. If you have feedback on the website you would like to share, please contact Kimberly Faust, Winthrop’s Title IX Coordinator,
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