January 25, 2017
Today we are launching the 2017 Tufts Attitudes About Sexual Conduct Survey (TASCS). I encourage you to take the time to complete it. Your voice matters, and your responses will remain anonymous.
This is our second university-wide survey designed to collect information about your perceptions, attitudes and opinions about behaviors related to sexual misconduct and sexual assault at Tufts. The results help us to identify, address and resolve concerns about climate, culture and other aspects of campus life that contribute to sexual misconduct; to provide improved resources and support to you; and to enhance our response and prevention efforts around sexual misconduct for the safety of our entire community.
All current undergraduate, graduate and professional students can access the survey through the URL http://go.tufts.edu/tascs. You will be prompted to enter your student ID to ensure that only Tufts students complete the survey. However, your ID will not be associated with your survey responses, and your identity cannot be traced.
Most of you will be able to finish the survey in 10 to 15 minutes; it will remain open until February 28, 2017. Your participation is entirely voluntary.
Some of the questions may be triggering or cause emotional responses due to explicit language, including names of body parts and specific behaviors. The survey also asks about sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence that might be upsetting. While such questions may be difficult, your responses will help us continue to make our campuses safe and welcoming to all.
The survey was developed by members of the Steering Committee on Sexual Misconduct Prevention, which I chair; members include current and former students, staff and faculty as well as survey experts from Tufts’ Office of Institutional Research and Evaluation.
You may learn more about the survey on the Office of Equal Opportunity website. Additionally, should you wish to discuss these issues further with someone at or outside of Tufts, please visit the website for the Center for Awareness, Resources, and Education. There you will find information about Tufts, local, and national resources, including confidential services, various options to report an incident, and definitions of misconduct. As always, if you wish to file an anonymous report, you may do so through the EthicsPoint website. These resources will also be provided in the survey, as well as at the bottom of this email.
I want to personally thank you in advance for participating in the survey. Your feedback is important to me as we join together as a community to prevent sexual misconduct at Tufts University.
Get Help, Get Information, Get Involved:
The Center for Awareness, Resources, and Education – http://oeo.tufts.edu/care/
Confidential Campus and Local Resources:
Nandi Bynoe, Sexual Misconduct Resource Specialist: 617-627-0765
Alexandra Donovan, Sexual Misconduct Prevention Specialist: 617-627-5140
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center 24-hour hotline: 1-800-841-8371
Tufts University Counseling & Mental Health Service: 617-627-3360
Tufts University Health Service: 617-627-3350
Counselor on call, reachable 24/7 through the Tufts University Police Department: 617-627-3030
To Report Sexual Misconduct at Tufts:
tufts-oeo.ethicspoint.com provides options for anonymous reporting
Office of Equal Opportunity
Jill Zellmer, Executive Director and Title IX/504 Coordinator
196 Boston Ave., Medford, MA 02155
Tufts University Police Department
Medford/Somerville: 617-627-6911 (emergency); 617-627-3030 (non-emergency)
Boston: 617-636-6911 (emergency); 617-636-6610 (non-emergency)
Grafton: 508-839-5303 (emergency); 508-887-4900 (non-emergency)