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Identify Why EC Is Not Available
Your first step will likely be a discussion with your campus health
center staff about the reasons EC is not available on campus or
if EC is available, why it is not easily accessible to women when
needed. If you cant get answers from the staff, try asking
supportive faculty or non-health center staff members.
- Is EC formally prohibited from being prescribed at your campus
If there is a formal policy banning EC prescriptions on your
campus, identify: sponsors of the policy; supporters of the policy;
opposition to the policy; length of time the policy has been in
effect; results of any efforts to change policy.
- Is EC informally prohibited from being prescribed at your
campus health center?
If there is no formal policy banning EC prescriptions on your
campus, but EC is still not available, identify: formal opposition
to EC on campus; opposition to the anti-EC policy; length of time
the policy has been in effect; results of any efforts to change
- Is EC available in policy but not in practice at your campus
If EC is supposed to be available on-campus, but students either
dont hear about it or cant access it when needed,
identify efforts made or reasons why efforts were not made to
publicize EC availability. Identify barriers to accessing EC,
such as limited health center hours of operation, campus or local
pharmacy refusal to fill EC prescriptions, lack of advance prescriptions
written for EC, or special requirements for obtaining EC at campus
health center (i.e. previous visit to health center).
Work with the College Administration to Make EC Available on Your
Once you know why EC is not available on your campus, formally
ask your College Administration to change the policy.
- Send a formal letter to the College Administration requesting
that EC be made available through the campus health system. Be
sure to include your reasons and a list of your campus supporters.
- Request a follow-up meeting with the College Administration
where you can personally discuss the need for on-campus EC.
- Raise the issue of on-campus EC at the next Board of Trustees
- If the policy is not changed, request a campus community referendum
on the issue.
Mobilize Student Support
Build support among the student body for on-campus access to
EC by educating and engaging your classmates.
- Educate students about the need for EC on campus:
- Table and post flyers in high traffic campus locations with
fact sheets and other materials.
- Host campus town hall meetings on the need for EC.
- Include information about EC in special training and informational
sessions such as Freshmen Orientation, Residential Advisor trainings,
Greek Student Rush, etc.
Engage students in EC campaign activities:
- Collect signatures on a petition demanding EC be made available
- Hold a demonstration or rally outside your health center or
campus administrative offices.
- Solicit formal support of other major student organizations.
Work with Student Government to pass a resolution in support of
EC availability on campus.
- Launch a letter-writing campaign to the administration or Board
Get Press Coverage
Seek out press coverage of EC and your EC campaign activities.
- Write a press releases about the issues and for all major campaign
- Write regular letters to the editor or submit op-eds to local
or campus newspapers.
Engage Faculty and Staff Assistance
Solicit the assistance of faculty and staff members who support
on-campus access to EC.
- Collect faculty signatures on a special faculty petition supporting
on-campus EC access.
- Identify faculty spokespeople who will advocate on-campus EC
access to administration and Board of Trustees.
- Ask faculty if you can make classroom announcements about your
EC campaign activities.
- Encourage faculty to include EC discussions and assignments
in their curriculum or to give extra credit for students participating
in EC campaign activities.
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