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2019 Cyclical Review Survey

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Who: All students registered in a course offered by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies during Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 (sample of about 800 students)

What: Participate in the 2019 Cyclical Review Survey

Why: We want to hear about your experience with the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies.

Here's how to participate

Step 1: Check your @Uwaterloo.ca e-mail account on February 19 for an invitation from the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies

Step 2: The survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.


Draw Incentive Rules and Regulations

Eligibility: Respondents eligible for the Germanic & Slavic Studies Student Survey may enter their names into a random draw of one of five $ 20.00 Starbucks gift cards. Eligibility for the Incentive opens on February 19 at 9:00 a.m. and closes on March 3 at 11:59 p.m. Submit your survey responses, and you will be entered in a draw for a $20.00 STARBUCKS gift card. 

You do not need to participate in the survey to be included.

If you wish to be included in the draw without participating in the survey, please send your name and email to Paul Malone, gssugrad@uwaterloo.ca by 3 March, 2019.

Please note that you must meet eligibility requirements (i.e., undergraduate or graduate student enrolled for courses in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Waterloo during Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 and/or Germanic and Slavic Major or Minor) to be able to participate in the draw.

Right to Disqualify: The University reserves the right to disqualify any entry not conforming to these Rules and Regulations at any time. The University assumes no responsibility for entry fraud committed by an entrant and reserves the right to demand return of the prize and all costs associated with remedying any prize awarded to an ineligible entry or entrant.

The University is not responsible for any incomplete, failed or delayed transmission of your submission due to the internet, including interruption or delays caused by equipment or software malfunction or other technical difficulties.  

Winner Selection: All respondents that submit their survey responses will be eligible to win one of five $ 20.00 Starbucks gift cards.  

The winner of each $ 20.00 Starbucks gift card will be selected in a random draw from eligible entries between March 2, 2019 and April 1. Your odds of winning a $ 20.00 Starbucks gift card will depend on the number of individuals that enter into the draw (approx. 800 were invited). The award winner will be contacted by Paul Malone within 10 business days of the draw by email (via gssugrad@uwaterloo.ca). Please note that in order to win one of five $ 20.00 Starbucks gift cards, the selected entrant must correctly answer a time-limited skill-testing mathematical question.


Other Notes

The draw prize amounts are taxable. It is your responsibility to report the amount received for income tax purposes.  

If you have difficulty logging in, completing the survey, or wish to no longer receive messages related to this survey or if you have any questions about the survey, incentives or privacy policy, please contact Paul Malone: gssugrad@uwaterloo.ca.


Privacy Policy

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies (GSS) is committed to respecting the privacy of survey participants responding to our surveys. It is our policy to monitor our internal procedures regularly to ensure compliance with the relevant statutory requirements in all that we do, including the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and the University’s commitment to privacy.

Under the Authority of the University of Waterloo Act (1972), the University of Waterloo processes information—including personal information recorded about an identifiable individual—for the purposes of operating the programs and business functions of the university.  This collection, use, disclosure, retention, and destruction of information is done in compliance with (1) applicable Ontario and Canadian federal privacy legislation (Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Personal Health Information Protection Act, Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act), as well as in accordance with (2) University of Waterloo policy and guidelines regarding privacy (Policy 46, Notice of Collection, website privacy statement).  Learn more about University of Waterloo Information and Privacy.

Questions about the collection, use, and disclosure of information associated with this survey should be directed to Janet Vaughan, Administrative assistant at the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, by email, jvaughan@uwaterloo.ca. Questions about the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information by the university, should be directed to the Privacy Officer at fippa@uwaterloo.ca.

Use of Personal Information: Personal information is defined as any details that will enable you to be identified, such as ID numbers, telephone numbers, address, email address etc.

When designing and executing our study, it is our policy to take all necessary steps to ensure that personal information you provide is processed fairly and lawfully.

All personal identifying information (ID numbers, address, email address, etc.) are used only for the administration of prizes and/or incentives, and will be stored separately from survey responses. All non-identifying survey data is used solely for evaluation and / or research purposes.  Results will be stored until superseded or obsolete, in a secure, encrypted, password or key protected location.

All survey data collected will only be reported in aggregate, ensuring that no individual will be identified. Only authorized staff has access to personal information and they are obliged to respect its confidentiality. We do not sell, rent or exchange any personal information supplied by you to any third party. Nor do we use any of the information you provide for direct marketing or other non-research activities.

Please note that when information is transmitted over the Internet, privacy cannot be guaranteed.  There is always a risk your responses may be intercepted by a third party (e.g., government agencies, hackers). University of Waterloo survey administrators will not collect or use internet protocol (IP) addresses or other information which could link your participation to your computer or electronic device without first informing you. See Waterloo’s guidelines on secure data transmission for more information.