We are petitioning in regards to a recent report about a San Jose State faculty member accused of sexual assault by a female student (who wishes to remain anonymous), details of which can be found in the following link:
The article states the incident took place in August of 2012; within an hour, the student filed a report to the University Police Department at SJSU accusing Jeffry Mathis, a Kinesiology lecturer, of sexual assault. The following day, Mathis admitted he “made a terrible mistake” in an email sent to the student yet the University has declined to hold him accountable, at least in the form of a disciplinary hearing. We are outraged that in the 9 months that have passed since the incident occurred, no action has been taken by the University to discipline Mathis, despite having been accused of such a serious offense. Due to the unsafe climate this incident has caused, as signatories of this petition, we call for the immediate removal of Jeffry Mathis from SJSU.
According to the “Handbook for Faculty Members at SAN JOSÉ STATE UNIVERSITY”, (http://www.sjsu.edu/facultyaffairs/docs/Faculty_Handbook.pdf), Jeffry Mathis has violated the following policies which fall under his faculty responsibilities:
(Section II.B.2, point 3) “insure that...professional contacts with students are free from any exploitation, harassment, or discrimination”.
(Section II.B.4, point i) “ help ensure that the university meets its commitment to maintain an environment that values diversity and that is free from discrimination and harassment” (emphasis added).
Not only did he violate University policies but as a faculty member he held power over the student and should not have allowed any compromising situation to ensue; despite having claimed the incident as “consensual”, Mathis ultimately had power over both the student and the situation.
We demand social justice for the female student, who feels angry and frustrated as she continues her studies at San Jose State; the University has greatly failed to bring justice to her case. Join our call for the University to revise their neutral stance on the sexual assault of the student with regards to the lack of discipline handed to Jeffry Mathis; we ask for his removal from our University. Choosing to ignore this is essentially condoning and tolerating sexual assault within the San Jose State campus; “if you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”. Should the administration at San Jose State University choose to do nothing regarding this case, you can be assured we will not be silent and idle in the face of such injustice.
Students for the Accountability of Jeffry Mathis
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