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other options at the University
when it comes to reporting sex-
ual assault. Jennifer Schrage,
director of the Office of Student
Conflict Resolution, said she
and her staff work closely with
experts on campus to under-
stand what survivors go through
in a sexual assault to make the
reporting process as open as
OSCR and the Sexual Assault
Prevention Awareness Center
have recently created a toolkit to
make reporting an assault easier
and dispel the cover-up culture.
The toolkit also gives guidance
to those working with the vic-
tim to make sure they handle the
issue in a sensitive manner.
Schrage said the office pro-
vides victims with all their
options as soon as they enter the
office and before the victim tells
them anything to avoid creating

a "re-victimizing experience for
the survivor."
"We really want this particu-
lar student to be in the driver's
seat because of what may have
occurred. It's important for them
to feel empowered and help them
make the choices right for them,"
she said.
Schrage said OSCR's process
is a leader in the field.
"I'm getting calls from all over
the country for information on
how we do our work in general,"
she said.
Schrage added that though
the University faces the same
"conundrums" when it comes
to these issues as many other
institutions do, by working with
SAPAC and other organiza-
tions they hope University stu-
dents will feel more comfortable
reporting sexual assaults.
"We know that, in the general
population, one in four students
are targeted with sexual vio-
lence but only 4 percent go to the
authorities," she said. "These are

very discouraging numbers and
we're doing our best to tip the
Crosby Modrowski, a SAPAC
student volunteer, said that in
her experience working with
victims she hasn't heard of any
instances of students being
"shushed away" like those men-
tioned in the report.
"U of M's program is actually
really good in terms of efforts to
help in training and prevention,"
she said. "I truly believe that the
University creates policies that
help the survivor do whatever it
is they want."
Modrowski said SAPAC works
together with DPS and OSCR to
help achieve this.
"Sexual assaults happenevery-
where," she said. "If campuses
try to have more progressive
training and helping efforts like
Michigan's, then there will be
more reports and more reports is
ultimately good because it allows
the survivors to get the help they

Student group helps high
schoolers prep for ACT

From Page 1
third motion for a summary dis-
position. The case has yet to go
to trial after its two previous
attempts were both denied by
the court.
"The University is doing
everything it can to, delay and
avoid trial, " Hammer said in an
interview yesterday.
He told the Daily that the Uni-
versity's third attempt to get the
case dismissed was originally
scheduled for December 2007
and then again in March 2008.
"What we're going to argue
is that they've filed the motion
twice before and it's been reject-
ed twice before," Hammer said.

"The appropriate thing is to
schedule a trial."
University spokesman Rick
Fitzgerald wrote in an e-mail
interview that the hearing will
evaluate the University's request
for dismissal of Hammer's dis-
crimination claim. He wasunable
to comment on the logistics of
the University's legal strategy.
"The U-M remains commit-
ted to inclusiveness and non-
discrimination for all members
of the university community,"
Fitzgerald wrote.
If the University's appeal is
denied, the case will go to trial, at
which point the University could
appeal again, further delaying
the judicial process.
"We really hope to geta trial in
the spring," Hammer said. "And

if there's any justice at all, that's
what would take place."
Prolonging the trial has come
at a cost for the University,
though. An article published in
2007 on Bloomberg.com report-
ed that, as of Nov. 20 of that
year, the University had already
spent $208,236 on the case.
The information was obtained
through the Freedom of Infor-
mation Act.
Hammer said this figure has
likely gone up in the last two
years, and the University could
be spending as much as $300,000
just to prevent a trial.
"It's not only squandering
money," Hammer said. "The
more they delay, the worse they
look because it looks like they're
hiding something."

From Page 1
method of learning basic math that
you needed to get into college and
do well on the ACT."
Because of the success Universi-
ty students have had in the college
process and their previous success
on standardized tests, Chanowski
said he believed that University
students could give back by help-
ing disadvantaged youth do just
as well in their application pro-
Letters to Success is different
from many of the other student
organizations on campus. Cha-
nowski said there won't be a table
for the group at this year's Fes-
tifall and donors to the program
privately fund the group. Typical-
ly, the cost for a student to take a
prep course or hire a tutor to study
for the ACT is around $2,000.
But Chanowski said his group is
tutoring 40 students for a total of
There is also an application pro-
cess for prospective tutors.
"I think what makes us really
unique is that we are in no way a
rasum6 padder," Chanowski said.
"We screen students in the begin-
ning, there's an application pro-
cess. We don't want anyone who's
coming here just to put that they
helped disadvantaged kids or
helped minorities in getting into
college, we want kids who actu-
ally want to see social justice, who
want to see change before their
eyes and that's why I think we're
so successful."
Chanowski said another fac-
tor that makes the group different
from others on campus is its part-
nership with the School of Edu-
cation. Chanowski worked with
School of Education Dean Debo-
rah Ball and Assistant Dean Henry
Meares to create the program.
Students in the course Educa-
tion 118 can also participate in
the organization and earn extra
credit in the class for their contri-
bution. Every student is also given
an application to join the group as
part of the course materials.
In the future, Letters to Success

may be a required class compo-
"We're providing an opportuni-
ty that's really a win-win because
the undergraduates are getting a
really direct experience with what
it looks like to try to help some-
body else learn, which is the kind
of thing I want the students to be
learning," Ball said. "At the same
time, they are doing something
that's really useful for the high
school students who wouldn't oth-
erwise have a chance to get that
kind of preparation for college
In order to qualify for free ACT
tutoring, Willow Run High School
students only need junior stand-
ing and a commitment that they
will attend every weekly tutoring
session. Additionally, if they show
a certain amount of improvement
over the course their tutoring, the
ACT registration fee will be paid
"These are students who don't
have access to any of the things
that a lot of Michigan undergrads
do have access to when they are
taking the SAT or ACT," Ball said.
School of Education junior
Becky Thiel said that she joined
the group because she wanted to
volunteer and thought Letters to
Success "felt like a really fun pro-.
She said the program makes
it easy for University students
to become ACT tutors by having
accepted students attend an ori-
entation with a Kaplan instructor
and use a Kaplan ACT book as a
curriculum for University students
to follow with their high school
when we have University students
workingwith high school students,
particularly kids who haven't done
well in school and haven't been
served well by schools, we want to
make sure that what they're doing
is really good quality," Ball said.
"We wouldn't want someone going
out and tutoring and then getting
kids mixed up."
Thiel, who also mentored kids
while she was a high school stu-

dent, said watching the improve-
ment of the student she's working
with has only made her more excit-
ed about the program.
"It's been really great to see
him improve, especially in read-
ing comprehension," Thiel said.
"He was struggling with that a
lot in the beginning so just to see
how much he improved just over
eight weeks was really encourag-
L;ate Brierty, another tutor and
a junior in the Organizational
Studies concentration, said that
her student had improved over
the eight weeks as well. She also
said one of the most important
things about the program was
that the high school students not
only gained a tutor but also acon-
"One of the things that's really
great about the program is since
we are seeing the students every
week they have someone they can
go to with questions about ACT
and with general questions about
life as well," she said.
Brierty said because herstudent
has become more confident about
taking the ACT, he's begun consid-
ering'opportunities he wouldn't
have considered before.
"My student said that he wants
to end up going to law school," she
said. "Buthe islookingatschools in
New York now because he's always
wanted to move to New York and
now he feels like he actually could
go to school at one of them. He's.
just a lot more confident about his
ability to go to college."
Ball said that an additional
advantage of the program, aside
from the effects of the tutoring, is
the exposure that the high school
students get to University stu-
"A side benefit is that students,
a lot of whom may be from fami-
lies where nobody's gone to college
before, have a relationship during
the semester with someone who's
a University of Michigan student
and can begin to imagine them-
selves as somebody who can go to
Michigan or who can go to col-
lege," Ball said.

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