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Demands and Grievances Concerning UMBC Rape Coverup
Statement: We are a survivor-centered student coalition demanding a lasting and ongoing change in the way that cases of sexual misconduct and violence are handled within the UMBC community, especially at the administrative and judicial level. In light of the recently filed lawsuits, with thanks to the named plaintiffs, we demand that UMBC heed our listed grievances and demands and actively work to create a safe, healthy, and inclusive environment for survivors. Grievances and Demands: For his failure to enact justice, for his use of fear tactics against survivors, for his disregard for safety: We Demand Paul Dillon, UMBC Chief of Police, be immediately removed from his position in the university, with all new candidates for his position vetted by a task force consisting of representatives from cultural organizations, survivor organizations, social justice organizations, and student government dedicated to auditing the rebuilding process heretoafter referred to as the Rebuilding Committee (RC). For her unwillingness to pursue the full process of justice in Title IX investigations, for her constant mishandling and delay of cases, for her lack of communication: We Demand Bobbie Hoye, Title IX Coordinator, Human Relations Officer, and Assistant General Counsel be immediately suspended, pending investigation, from her position in the university, with all new candidates for her position vetted by the RC. Furthermore, the Title IX office should be expanded and restructured to an extent that it can reliably return an investigation within sixty days. For his incompetent handling of cases under his care, for returning massive and preventable delays in investigations: We Demand Erick Kim, Title IX Investigator, be immediately suspended, pending investigation, from his position in the university, with all new candidates for his position vetted by the RC. Furthermore, the Title IX office should be expanded and restructured to an extent that it can reliably return an investigation within sixty days. For doing nothing as players under his leadership commit gross abuses, for being complicit in the coverup, for allowing rapists to play for his team We Demand Bob Mumma, head coach of the UMBC Retrievers baseball team, be immediately suspended, pending investigation, from his position in the university, with all new candidates for his position vetted by the RC. For knowingly employing a student while said student was the subject of a rape investigation, for continuing to employ that student currently in a position of confidence: We Demand Carlos Alexis Turcios, Program Associate for Diversity and Inclusion, be immediately suspended, pending investigation, from his position in the university, with all new candidates for his position vetted by the RC. Said student must also be removed. For allowing this issue to fester unaddressed, for attempting to brush over this issue with a wholly inadequate and misleading apology: We Demand that the entirety of the upper administration apologize for their failure to handle the situation as well as for their initial statement on Friday, September 14th. We demand the administration hold meetings at a minimum of twice a month with the RC to address the issues in these grievances and promote a survivor-centered climate. In order to properly address the failures highlighted by the current investigation, we demand the following steps are taken to improve the UMBC campus climate for survivors of sexual violence: 1)We Demand a nationally recognized survivors’ group must be paid to consult on and implement new sexual assault response policies at the university. 2)We Demand the implementation of a more comprehensive and mandatory preventative sexual assault education for ALL UMBC paid employees, especially the UMBC Police Department, be discussed and approved by the RC. 3) We Demand the implementation of mandatory preventive in person sexual assault education, approved by the RC, for ALL UMBC students, including undergraduate students, graduate students, and transfer students, and a block on class registration for non-compliant students (who will be provided several opportunities to complete the program). 4) Recognizing that many perpetrators have benefited from and continue to benefit from scholarships both athletic and merit-based, We Demand ANY student accused of sexual misconduct be suspended from all positions within UMBC, leadership roles, paid or otherwise, and sport teams pending investigation and be placed on financial probation until the completion of the investigation. 5) Considering the criteria for an Title IX appeal, the decision process can take longer than a week and a half. Therefore, We Demand the Title IX office informs all individuals going through their process of all deadlines regarding the appeals process within and outside of the Title IX office. 6) In light of the total failure of the Title IX office on campus to deliver justice, We Demand the Title IX office on campus must be expanded to include investigators and advocates who have been approved by the RC as well as participating in a holistic outreach campaign which should include but not be limited to the following: Tabling at all student oriented multi-organizational events, distribution of student health posters on campus, advertisement campaigns in campus circulars, and tabling in high traffic areas on campus. In addition, We Demand the office reinstate the Voices Against Violence Program and hire a full-time coordinator, approved by the RC, who is dedicated to supporting survivors and overseeing sexual assault prevention education programming. 7) As survivors are often left without adequate medical care on campus, We Demand the health services on campus must be overhauled, with a larger better trained and equipped staff including a on-call family practice physician in the UHS as well as nurses trained to administer rape kits. UHS hours must be expanded to a full 24 hour service to include the weekend, and after-hours counselling must be provided at the Counseling Center. Furthermore, We Demand that the UHS and Counseling Center not be moved away from the residential areas of campus. 8) As the safety of students has been routinely disregarded by campus administration, We Demand the number of blue lights be increased, until a blue light can be seen from every other blue light on campus, update antiquated blue light pillars, and a plan for their maintenance must be adopted. 9) Since there are situations where sexual violence occurs in tandem with extralegal activities, in order to encourage the reporting of these incidents and engender a safe environment for those reports, We Demand reporters and survivors of sexual violence must be provided legal amnesty for extralegal activities which occurred tangentially to the incident described in the report 10) To make best use of resources available to students, We Demand the formatting of the information on Red Cards and Residential Life IDs be revamped to add emergency and crisis support phone numbers. We Demand to be Heard. We Demand Change. We Demand Justice.