January 14, 2016

Hoyas! Be Heard: Take Georgetown’s Sexual Assault and Misconduct Climate Survey

Dear [Name],

I am writing to invite you to participate in Georgetown’s Sexual Assault and Misconduct Climate Survey. This survey will allow us to examine the prevalence and incidence of sexual assault in our community, attitudes among students about the campus climate regarding sexual assault, and knowledge of university resources available to students.  
To access the survey, click on the link below. This link is personalized to each student by email address and should not be forwarded or used by others to take the survey. 

Follow this link to the Survey: 
Take the Survey [personalized link]

I am asking each of you to participate in the survey. Every response gives us important insight to enhance life here at Georgetown. Your participation in this survey will help us to better address instances of sexual assault and to fulfill our obligations to care for one another as members of this community. The survey will be open to students until February 6, 2016. If you have not completed the survey, you will receive follow-up reminders.

By completing the survey, you will have the option to be entered into six random drawings for a chance to win a $500 VISA gift card or one of five $100 VISA gift cards. 

By completing the survey, you will be offered a $10 Amazon gift card as a token of appreciation.

The survey should take 20-30 minutes to complete. Your participation is fully voluntary, and your answers will enhance our understanding of this issue. You may skip any items that you do not wish to answer. All responses are confidential and data will never be connected with individuals, nor will the information be used to identify individuals in any manner. All identifying information will be permanently removed when the survey is closed and before any data is analyzed. No one at Georgetown will ever associate your individual responses with you. The results will be presented in summary form so that no individual can be identified.
Georgetown has engaged deeply in these issues for many years - from being one of the nation’s first institutions to hire a full-time sexual assault coordinator in 1997 to the establishment of our Sexual Assault Working Group more than a decade ago. This past year, a group of faculty, staff and students engaged in an important effort to understand the value that a survey on campus can bring to our work to evaluate and enhance our resources and support. Their research included examining best practices identified by the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault, methodologies used by other schools, and federal recommendations. The results of the survey will inform our ongoing efforts and will help us direct our resources in the best way to support our community. We plan to share the findings of the survey with the campus community in the spring.
Your participation is deeply important to building an environment where everyone can thrive on our campus as they engage in their academic and professional pursuits. I wish to thank you in advance for your participation in this survey and for your commitment to creating a culture of care for all members of our community.
For more information about Georgetown’s survey, including Frequently Asked Questions, survey instructions, and a list of confidential sexual assault resources, please visit sexualassault.georgetown.edu/survey.
John J. DeGioia
President, Georgetown University