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CCU's #TealGetsReal survey underway to learn about discrimination, sexual violence on campus

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Coastal Carolina University wants to make campus a discrimination-free place, so it's asking students to weigh in on what they face when it comes to race and gender discrimination, sexual orientation and more.

The university is calling the survey “Teal Gets Real.” It calls students to talk about things like discrimination and safety.

Administrators say the answers will help make campus a safer and more welcoming place to everyone.

“Their personal experience to students' interaction with students who may be different from them,” says Debbie Conner, CCU's Vice President of Student Affairs. “If they feel respected, if they see that our university is diverse, and what challenges they face as a student on our campus.”

Earlier this week, students got an email with a link to the survey. 

Conner says the survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and consists of questions on topics about what students see, how they feel, how they're treated and how they perceive the university. 

"We're asking them really broad questions and also something as simple as ‘Do you feel safe on the campus at night? Is campus lighting a concern for you'?" she said.

By addressing student problems and concerns now, CCU leaders can make campus a safer and more accepting place for future students. 

“We are much like a microcosm of the much bigger social world. And so it's really important for us to understand what the student experience is on this campus.“

In the first 24 hours, nearly 300 students submitted input. 

The survey will be available until the end of February, and the results will come back a few months after that. 

At that point, Conner and her team said they will look at the strengths and weaknesses revealed and discuss any changes that would better student life at CCU. 

“So if we need to make adjustments on conversations that we're having, and education that we're providing our students, this survey is going to inform myself and my staff of what types of things do we need to be doing to ensure that we're making the student experience the best that it can be.”

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