A student uses her laptop computer on the steps to Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts September 21, 2009.
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The call: Campus sex assault survey


Young ladies & gents – 

This week’s Call to Action focuses on you – college students. We know many of you are heading to campus this week, setting up your dorm room or apartment and meeting new roomies. We wanted your help on an important story that affects all of you. 

Last semester, we saw a number of student-initiated actions against colleges & universities around the country. It was due to a pretty outrageous statistic: one in five female students is sexually assaulted while in college, and sexual assault on campus is chronically underreported.

It is a national epidemic. As President Obama said last spring, “Sexual violence it is not just a crime against individuals – it threatens our entire country.” The task force he established last January, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, identified 76 colleges and universities under federal investigation for how they handle campus sexual assaults. And the U.S. Department of Education is looking into whether these schools have actually created a hostile environment for learning – because of their ineffective response to sexual assault complaints.

We’ve heard from college administrators about how they are handling this problem on their campuses, but we want to know what you think about the efforts at your school. Our reporting indicates that the data collected so far may not actually reflect the full scope of the problem.

So, we need your first-hand account.

Fill out this simple survey. We are trying to get a national snapshot from a student perspective. Don’t worry, this information will be confidential and will not be made public without your permission.

And feel free share the link with your friends; the more feedback the better. Help us report this story!


Team Ronan


Campus Sexual Assault Survey

76 schools are under federal investigation over their handling of campus sexual assault. But, schools across the country are making efforts to address the problem. msnbc wants to hear from you: What do these efforts look like from your perspective?

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