Census Looks for University Participation

The 2010 Census is under way and students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate.

Census forms are currently being distributed to students living in off-campus housing. Starting in April, forms will be distributed to students living on campus.

Everyone in the United States on April 1, including international students and non-U.S. citizen students, must take part in the Census. Everyone in the United States must be counted. This includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and non-citizens.

Students living in a dormitory, residence hall, sorority or fraternity house, will receive a 2010 Census form in April or May. There is no need to mail the form, students can simply complete it and turn it in to a designated site on campus.

For students who live off campus, Census forms will be delivered or mailed to their house or apartment in March. All students living at the address are considered one household, so only one form per domicile should be completed with information about all the people living at that address. Return the form in the envelope provided.

For students that commute to school and reside full-time at their parents’ or guardians’ household, they will be accounted for on their parents’ or guardians’ form and do not need to fill out a form.

One of the shortest in history, the 2010 Census form takes about 10 minutes to complete. By law, the U.S. Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to five years, or both.

For more information about the Census, visit http://2010census.gov.
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