NOTE: This letter refers to situations that may trigger traumatic memories for members of our community. Resources and assistance are available through multiple campus programs.
As MSU continues to focus on improving the university’s culture and emphasizing the importance of a safer, more inclusive campus, I am proud to announce the next Know More Campus Survey will be launched in a few weeks. It will be open to all students, faculty and staff and will assess perceptions of the university culture related to sexual misconduct, relationship violence and workplace incivility.
Your feedback is valued and necessary to continue our work improving policies, programming and services that create a culture that seeks to eliminate discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and relationship violence.
This next iteration of the survey will continue to build upon the legacy of the inaugural Know More @ MSU survey conducted in the 2019 spring semester, led by the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Expert Advisory Workgroup. The 2019 survey was the first truly campus-wide survey to explore experiences and perceptions of campus culture related to these topics, bringing together the voices of students, faculty and staff. We acted on the findings of the 2019 survey, which helped inform our five-year RVSM strategic plan that outlines actionable steps to create a culture of support for survivors and our community members. As recommended in the strategic plan, MSU is committed to continuing this survey on a biennial basis as a means of tracking progress and identifying areas for continued growth.
To ensure confidentiality of your responses and identity, MSU has contracted with an independent, nonprofit research organization, RTI International, to administer the survey, process the data and report the results. MSU will not see any data on individual respondents — only summary tables from RTI that combine the results across those who participated. Summary results also will be released on the Know More website.
How to participate
Look for the survey invitation to arrive at your MSU email address after spring break — it will come from KNOWMORE.MSU@rti.org. The email will contain information about how to access the survey, including a link and a unique access code. While participation is entirely voluntary, we hope you choose to take the survey because sharing your views and experiences will help inform positive change for our community.
Thank you in advance for participating in this important study. We hope everyone who is given the opportunity to participate will do so. Know More. Do More. Support More.
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. (he/him)