Termination of Nora Nelle

Termination of Nora Nelle

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Alexis Diaz started this petition to Arcadia University

Nora Nelle has been employed at Arcadia University for years now serving as the Title IX coordinator. Students share their experiences of sexual assault and/or harassment to her in hopes of being respected and listened to with empathy, and to receive support and justice. Throughout the years, Nora Nelle has repeatedly failed and retraumatized students in indescribable ways. During my first semester at Arcadia (Fall 2017), I was sexually harassed by a student athlete whose record was KNOWN on campus. After sharing my experience with my advisor, who listened tentatively I needed to also share that experience in the Title IX office, located off campus to Nora Nelle. I shared my experience, and without any hesitation, she laughed in my face. I received no further support whatsoever. 

My story is a tiny snippet within hundreds of students with similar experiences. Nora Nelle victim shames students, and leaves many feeling unsupported and ignored after enduring sexual assault and/or harassment. In addition to her role as Title IX Coordinator, students have just received news of her new role of managing the Office of Equity and Civil Rights. An office "for reports of discrimination, harassment, and bias incidents based on identity-based factors like race, religion, or age." This decision is truly detrimental to the advancement that Arcadia University is striving to achieve which is systemic change in order for students of color to feel safe and supported.

In addition to policy and procedural changes, administrative and faculty changes are just as important as they highly influence our Arcadia experience. For this reason, I am calling for the termination of Nora Nelle. Her roles on campus are those that we, as students, expect of someone with empathy, respect, and further tools necessary to assist students through traumatic experiences. I have been failed by Nora Nelle, hundreds of students past and present have been failed by her. Arcadia University, please do not allow your students to be subjected to any further trauma or disrespect due to Nora Nelle's inability to truly support students of color, and LGTBQ+ on campus.

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