Sexual Assault on College Campuses, It could happen to you

PRE-PROPOSAL 1. Media Artifact

Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue:

Sexual Assault On College Campuses Newspaper Article 
2. Persona and POV statement Persona: Persona name: Claire Roberts Age: 19  School/occupation: Univ. of Michigan, Full time student and works part time at Starbucks  Location: Ann Arbor, MI   Quote: "I'm stressed out with school, hopefully my boss let's me leave an hour early today"   About:
  • Is in the school of education, studying to be a teacher 
  • Either walks or takes the bus to school/work everyday because lives 30 mins off campus due to high campus apartment rates
  • From outside of Ann Arbor, has no nearby relatives 
  • Find time for herself in the midst of a hectic school and work schedule 
  • Save up money to move onto campus 
  • Become more involved in the Ann Arbor community 


POV Statement:
  • User: Claire is a hard working first semester sophomore, dedicated to her studies but also passionate about her work. She is looking to find more time for herself - whether that means relaxing or spending time with friends in order to ease her anxiety. 
  • Need: Claire needs to find a way to feel safer getting to/from campus whether it be an early morning shift or late night studying. Often times she doesn't feel safe when walking alone and is looking for friends to walk with or even someone to check in with when she arrives home. 
  • Insight: Claire needs to feel safe so that she stops isolating herself from strangers and becomes more actively involved in the community. She is hesistant due to the horror stories she has heard about sexual assaults on campuses and the constant DPSS alerts filling up her email. Already suffering from anxiety and living a hectic life, she needs a way to make getting around safer in order to ease her fears and allow her to reach her full potential. 


3. Potential Solutions:

Describe three reasonable, feasible potential solutions or approaches that would help address this problem.

SOLUTION 1: There could be a program put together that allows students who live off campus but near each other connnect and find times to walk home together. Claire could also begin using the SafeRide program that Univ. of Michigan has created, that allows students to use the service once per evening and be picked up from any university building. 

SOLUTION 2: Ann Arbor could work to make on camus housing more affordable so that less students are forced to live off campus. By developing for affordable student housing, or plans for the student to pay it, Ann Arbor could eliminate Claire's fears of walking so far off campus alone - and also the threat of dooming student loans, and with that the pressure to work so many hours while managing her school work. 

SOLUTION 3: The University could implement a program that directly addresses sexual violence to all incoming students, since freshman females, transfgander, genderqueen, and nonconforming teens are more prone to sexual assault during this time between the start of fall semester and Thanksgiving break. Though Michigan already has programs like Relationship Remix, it does not have a campus sexual violence prevention program that trains young students to rebuff these unwanted sexual advances and the effects that alcohol can have on one's behavior. It also could teach students the "bystander intervention" training as a prevention method. 



Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

How has your service activity influenced your thinking about this proposal?

Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue:



Talk directly with at least 3 real live people who have special knowledge about this topic or the impact your proposal would have, and summarize their comments. These may include people appearing in your media artifact (video, podcast, etc.).





Reaction or advice from a Topic Coordinator:

You must solicit a critique from a topic coordinator, and explain the impact that advice has had on the final draft of this proposal.


Research process:

Describe your research process — indicate who you talked to (including but not limited to consultants), what you read, what your thinking was, how it changed over time, and how your consultants changed your thinking. This description of your research process definitely could include “dead ends,” or ideas you had that didn’t ultimately bear fruit.  In short, we want to know what you did and how it led to your legislation, and we also want you to give us a window into your thought process.


Author contributions:

Please delineate--in detail--who made what contributions to the process and to the finished proposal? Who took on which responsibilities in researching ideas, drafting language, etc.?


The sections below should comprise your final proposal language, submitted for consideration by your peers and potential inclusion in the MSC Platform.

Preambulatory clauses

These set up the PROBLEM, but not the solution.

WHEREAS.... 84% of the women who reported a sexually coercive experience to the police experienced the incident within their first four semesters on campus. 

WHEREAS.... Students living in dormitories are 1.4 times more likely to be raped than students living off campus. Female students living in sorority houses are 3 times more likely to be raped. 

WHEREAS.... Around 1 in 5 women are the targets of targeted or completed sexual assault while they are college students. 

WHEREAS... Out of all undergraduate and graduate students, 11.2% of all students experience sexual assault through physical force, violence or incapacitation. 

(Add more "Whereas" clauses if necessary.)

Operative clauses

These describe in detail, the solution you are proposing (not the problem itself; those should go in the "Whereas" clauses above).


1. Require the state of Michigan to create a plan of education regarding sexual assault on college campuses, to be implemented at each university in the state within the students first weeks on campus. Along with this, providing additional seminars each year so that students are constantly reminded. 

2. Increase funding for sexual assault prevention programs across campuses in Michigan. 

3. Bring outside experts on preventing sexual assault to college campuses to train faculty and staff to become more responsive and aware of sexual assault on their respective campuses. 

4. Require each campus to hold bystander intervention sessions. 

5. Require each campus create a program where students who live off-campus can walk home together early in the morning or late at night. 

6. Work on lowering the costs of on campus housing so that students are less vulnerable to assault. 

(Add more "Resolved" clauses if necessary.)


What are three reasonable arguments against this proposal?

1. It is almost impossible to requie students at every college campus in Michigan to attend educational programs regarding sexual assault. 

2. Lowering the cost of on campus housing is a large issue to solve and each individual contractor would have to agree.

3. Funding is limited, and for smaller campuses it may be hard to raise the required amount of money to initiate these programs. 

Costs and funding:

What will your proposal cost (in direct expenses, lost tax revenue, lost economic opportunity, and/or non-monetary costs)? How will you pay for your proposed legislation? Where will/could the funding for your proposal come from?  Who might object to dedicating resources to your proposal (competing interests)?  

It is hard to calculate the exact cost. 22 colleges across Michigan just recently received  $1 million in funding to prevent campus sexual assault. Each university could use their portion to implement the above solutions. Advocates could also apply to the Department of Justice's Office of Violence against Women grant. If 5 or more campuses come together to apply, they could receive up to $750,000 to use. University faculty and students who are working towards another major issue, such as global warming or hunger, may object to any of the school's extra funds being used to support this cause instead of their own. 


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