Increase equity for marginalized students on St. John's University campuses.
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On Monday, April 16th, it was brought to our attention that a Staten Island student posted an extremely offensive, vulgar and racist Instagram post on her second Instagram account. This account, @slmthicgpic_, is recognized as her “finsta” account and belongs to Gia Piccolomini. Her primary Instagram account is under the name @giaapicc. The post was recently taken down on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 but there are several screenshots attached to this file that reflect her offensive actions. Staten Island administration has already been notified, with an email being sent to the Vice Provost Dr. James O’Keefe, Associate Provost Dr. Robert Fanuzzi, Chief Diversity Officer Nada Llewellyn, Title IX Coordinator Keaton Wong, and Vice President of Student Affairs Kathryn Hutchinson. The president of the university and the Vice Provost of Staten Island has publicly stated the egregious actions of Gia Piccolomini; however, the Piccolomini family is still harassing me. The minorities on the campus walked into the Greek Talent Show on April 27, 2018. We were called “Niggers” and told “to go back to where we came from” by St. John’s Students, OHX members and Knights Alumni.
On April 27, 2018, Gia Piccolomini’s brother, Jason Piccolomini sent a direct message through Instagram and another on April 28, 2018. I responded to the messages and have them inserted in the bottom of this letter as well. This use of communication technologies as means of intimidation, harassment, or unwarranted interruption is a violation of the St John’s University Cyber Harassment clause. The intimidating language of me personally “tearing their family apart” and “ruining her college career” has the effect of creating a hostile environment for any person (St. John’s Harassment clause). Also, the messages violate the Retaliation Clause because any person “who files a complaint or third-party report, or any individual who participates in the investigative and/or disciplinary process (e.g., as a witness)” are protected from any kind of retaliation. The messages are in retaliation of the university investigating his sister for her social media post. I am in fear of my life due to the language spoken in those messages. The university has a duty to protect me from any imminent danger. I also would like the university to investigate how my name was exposed to the Piccolomini family because it is detrimental to my safety on the campus.
I want a restraining order against Gia Piccolomini’s family based on the violations described above. I would like to schedule a meeting to discuss these retaliatory actions against myself by a St. John’s Staten Island student and her family. Please see the attached photos. Thank you for your time and understanding in advance.
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