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You Are Part of the Solution

Dear Volunteer community,

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX. The federal law went into effect in 1972, protecting people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and institutions across the country.

While we have made great strides, we still have work to do. Today marks the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. A wide range of awareness and prevention activities will be taking place throughout the month, and I hope you will take part in as many of them as you can.

In conjunction with those events, the Office of Title IX is launching the Vol Voices research survey to better understand campus perceptions and experiences related to sexual misconduct. Based on a nationally recommended survey, the Vol Voices survey will assess both positive and challenging aspects of our own student and employee experiences. I encourage all students, faculty, and staff to participate. The information gathered will help to inform policy, shape prevention, and assist us with targeted interventions.

You can access the survey through an invitation that will be sent from to your campus email address today or through the Title IX website.

I hope you will choose to take part in this important survey. We all have a role to play in creating and maintaining a safe campus where Vols can learn, live, and work.

Donde Plowman