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Be Part of the New York City Police Department's 3rd Annual Campus Sexual Assault Poster Contest

December 15, 2017

For undergraduate and graduate students, with $5000 in prizes.

We are inviting all of New York City's undergraduate and graduate students to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to ending campus sexual assault by participating in the NYPD 3rd Annual Campus Sexual Assault Poster Contest. The New York City Police Department hopes that this contest will encourage students to contact the NYPD by calling 911 or the Special Victims Division Hotline at (646) 610-7272 if they think they have been sexually assaulted.

We want victims of sexual assault to speak with Special Victims Division detectives even if they are unsure about pressing charges. We know that campus sexual assaults are largely underreported, and we are determined to remove any roadblocks that might discourage victims from coming forward. We want victims to feel encouraged and supported to report to the police even if they have reported to their college or university. We can only achieve this goal if students make us aware of these incidents.

Students attending colleges and universities in New York City, taking their first steps towards independence, need to feel safe, and the NYPD can help.

The first prize winner will have his/her poster distributed throughout NYC college and university campuses. The winning poster will also be displayed on the NYPD's website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.

Posters must be submitted electronically. Entries must be submitted between January 16, 2018 at 7:00 AM to February 21, 2018 at 8:00 PM.

Please read the poster contest official rules carefully, as only posters that meet the contest rules will be considered. We hope that you will participate in this contest and help us end the silence of sexual assault survivors. If you have any questions, please email the NYPD Office of Collaborative Policing at

  • Encourage students to contact 911 or the Special Victims Division 24 hour Hotline Line at (646) 610-7272 if they believe they have been sexually assaulted.
Entrant Eligibility Requirements:
  • Students in New York City attending public and private colleges and universities.
  • Students must be currently enrolled, either full or part time, in a 2- or 4-year undergraduate or graduate program located in the 5 boroughs of NYC.
  • Students residing outside of NYC, but attending college within the 5 boroughs are eligible to enter.
Poster Requirements:
  • Posters must be the student's original artwork.
  • Plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification.
  • In addition to a message about reporting, posters must include the following statement: "Call 911 if in immediate danger, otherwise call the NYPD Special Victims Division 24 hour Hotline at (646) 610-7272."
  • Copyrighted characters (such as Superman) or copyrighted clip art will not be accepted.
  • Only one submission per contest participant will be considered.
  • Students may use a variety of media, such as watercolors, pen and ink, crayon, chalk, markers, etc.
  • The winning poster will be on public display, so any writing should be easy to see and read.
Size & Layout:
  • Minimum: 8 1/2" x 11", Maximum: 11" x 17".
  • Both landscape or portrait orientations are acceptable.
Judging Procedure:
  • Each poster submission must be accompanied by a completed Release Form (see attached). A poster not accompanied by the release form will not be eligible for judging.
  • Posters and release form must be sent electronically.
  • Posters and the completed Release Form must be received February 21, 2018, no later than 8:00 PM EST.
  • Posters will be judged based on the criteria listed below. Three finalists will be selected to receive cash prizes totaling $5000.
Judging Criteria:
  • Clear message conveyed by text and artwork.
  • The goal is communicated.
  • Demonstrates creativity, originality, and artistic quality.
  • Easy to read--visual clarity.
  • Design is visually appealing.
  • The release form is completed and submitted with the poster.
  • No copyrighted artwork, characters, or name brands (e.g., Coke, Pepsi) are used in the poster.
  • Poster is free of spelling and grammar errors.
How to Enter:
  • Posters and completed release forms must be submitted electronically at: starting on from January 16, 2018 at 7:00 AM EST and no later than February 21, 2018 at 8:00 PM EST.
Winning Posters and Awards:
  • The NYPD will choose 3 winners based on the Judging Criteria stated above.
  • Prizes will be awarded as follows: First place: $2,500, Second place: $1,500, Third place: $1,000. Winners will also receive the NYPD Police Commissioner's Certificate of Accomplishment.
  • All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation to acknowledge their effort and commitment to end campus sexual assault.
  • Winners will be announced the week of March 19, 2018.
  • First prize winner will receive the honor of having his/her artwork reproduced into a poster which will be distributed at colleges and universities across NYC.
  • Winning posters will be shown on the NYPD's website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.