Reaffirm Geneseo's Commitment to SAA and Condemn Dr Everett's Scheduled Lecture "Against 'Sexual' 'Assault' 'Awareness'"
  • Petitioned President Christopher C. Dahl
  • Responded

This petition was delivered to:

President of SUNY Geneseo
President Christopher C. Dahl
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Vice President for Student and Campus Life
Dr. Robert A. Bonfiglio
Dean of Students
Dr. Leonard Sancilio
Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Dept at SUNY Geneseo
Dr. Carlo Filice
See response

Reaffirm Geneseo's Commitment to SAA and Condemn Dr Everett's Scheduled Lecture "Against 'Sexual' 'Assault' 'Awareness'"

    1. Sam White
    2. Petition by

      Sam White

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April 2013

Victory

Sam White: President of the College addressed the issue, we met with administrators. The college distanced itself from the content of the lecture, stated it did not represent the colleges opinion, reaffirmed its commitment to sexual assault awareness, and encouraged students to hold events counter to the event.

Professor Theodore Everett, of the Philosophy Department, is planning to give a talk entitled "Against 'Sexual' 'Assault' 'Awareness'" on Monday, April 22nd 2013 from 7-8:45 PM on the SUNY Geneseo Campus. While we recognize Dr. Everett's right to give the talk, we ask the College Administration to condemn his position and reaffirm their support for sexual assault awareness and for victims seeking assistance for sexual assault. We believe the talk is irresponsible and to the detriment of the college community, where there are survivors of sexual assaults present. Students who have met with him have said his talk will center around his belief that sexual assault is not a big issue in the United States and Geneseo and that the statistics are overblown. He also stated to these students that a woman "is able to tell" if someone is a danger to her. The link to this petition will be sent to administration officials, and we ask that students of SUNY Geneseo sign it to show support for continued sexual assault awareness on the SUNY Geneseo campus and victims of sexual assault.

I want to emphasize that our President, administration, and students have worked tirelessly to fight sexual assault on the SUNY Geneseo campus. We are incredibly proud of all the progress we have made. Professor Everett's views, as shown by this petition, are his own and no one else's. The response to this petition shows that our community here at SUNY Geneseo supports sexual assault awareness and the victims of sexual assault, and we are incredibly proud of our school for it.

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    1. Decision-maker Dr. Carlo Filice responds:

      Dr. Carlo Filice

      My apologies for unwittingly posting my own comment in Dr. Filice's name; I neglected to erase his email address before adding that comment. Second try: I believe that Dr. Everett (who I have known for 33 years) has been badly misunders...


    2. Response to Petition From Anonymous Individual

      Sam White
      Petition Organizer

      I believe that Dr. Everett (who I have known for 33 years) has been badly misunderstood; he is as opposed to campus sexual assault as anyone but is raising important definitional and procedural issues that should be taken seriously.

    3. Decision-maker Dr. Carlo Filice responds:

      Dr. Carlo Filice

      I believe Dr. Everett's views have been badly misunderstood; he is as opposed to campus sexual assault as anyone but will be raising important definitional and procedural issues that should be taken seriously.


    4. Decision-maker President Christopher C. Dahl responds:

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures
    6. Update Cont'd

      Sam White
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.geneseo.edu/health/sexual-assault

      http://www.geneseo.edu/affirmativeaction/students

      The Womyn’s Action Coalition will sponsor its annual “Take Back the Night Walk” scheduled on this Monday, April 22. I will be participating.

      Christopher C. Dahl, President

    7. Update Cont'd

      Sam White
      Petition Organizer

      Many of these initiatives were implemented even before changes to federal Title IX regulations and the recent Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act.

      At the same time, however, Geneseo defends academic freedom and the right to offer a wide variety of opinions on campus. As a public liberal arts college, Geneseo is committed to the open discussion and robust exchange of ideas that are a hallmark of American higher education. In this situation, the college’s administration cannot comment on a presentation that has not yet been given.

      Geneseo knows where it stands on issues of sexual assault. We abhor rape and sexual violence of all kinds. We take seriously and will investigate all charges of sexual assault and sexual harassment. As president, I support our policies and educational initiatives.

      The college is dedicated to the important work of sexual assault awareness and prevention and the support provided to victims. To learn more about our work, visit these web pages:

    8. Update

      Sam White
      Petition Organizer

      I first would like to thank everyone for their support. This is more support than I could ever have imagined, and I am encouraged by the fact that there are so many people who will stand up for sexual assault awareness and the victims of sexual assault. Christopher Dahl, President of SUNY Geneseo, just sent out an email to the entire campus which I will post below. At this point, future protests or actions are still forthcoming. I will update when I know more.

      To the College Community:

      As you may know, an online petition is circulating regarding an upcoming Philosophy Department faculty presentation. I welcome this opportunity to reaffirm Geneseo’s institutional commitment to sexual assault awareness and prevention and the college’s support for sexual assault victims.

      Over the past several years, we have worked vigorously to refine our policies and to educate all students on sexual assault and prevention through workshops, regular communications and innovative programming. Many of

    9. Reached 750 signatures

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    • Lauren Brown EDMOND, OK
      • over 1 year ago

      As a woman who finished a masters degree and has moved to a large city, Theodore Everett's words make me want to vomit. I am harassed a few times a day, and that is in the afternoon. Sexual harassment and assault dictate my daily scheduling in terms of avoidance.

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    • Sara Cotillard BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I attend SUNY Geneseo and know two people who were roofied there..in the United States in general I know several women who were sexually abused as children and/or raped as adults. This is disgusting.

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    • Daniel FitzGerald ENDICOTT, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I am an alumnus, class of 2007, and I am disgusted by the reported content of this talk.

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    • Josh Reiner ROCHESTER, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I know women that have lived through sexual assault in, and around, the SUNY Geneseo campus. It is an under-reported issue, for sure.

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    • Sheila McGrane FLORAL PARK, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I am an embarrassed and disgusted alumna.

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