Expel Perpetrator from the University of Cincinnati
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Students for Survivors demands the University of Cincinnati hold perpetrators accountable by expelling students found guilty of sexual violence on this campus. A graduate student at the University of Cincinnati is currently suing the university, claiming he did not receive due process because he was unable to question his accuser because she was not present in the hearing. The accuser did not have to attend the hearing; their rights are granted through Title IX. The accused student, identified as John Doe, was found guilty of committing sexual violence against Jane Roe, a student at the University of Cincinnati. John Doe received a letter from Juan Guardia, the University of Cincinnati Dean of Students, stating he would be suspended effective December 10th, 2016, and will be eligible to re-enroll on January 2nd, 2018. The sanction John Doe received is only a one-year suspension from the university. This is unacceptable. John Doe posses a direct threat to students’ safety here on this campus. This sanction fails to uphold the Just Community Principles of the University of Cincinnati.
The Just Community Principles include:
“As members of this community, we will
· Accept Responsibility by striving to build a learning community committed to these common values and principles.
· Celebrate the Uniqueness of Each Individual by respecting individual differences and promoting common interests.
· Embrace Freedom and Openness by working to create an environment that is safe and affirming, one that nurtures independent thinking and the free and open expression of ideas.
· Practice Civility by extending to those we meet the same respect, cooperation and caring that we expect from others.
· Promote Justice by working to build a learning environment that offers everyone an equal opportunity to grow, flourish and contribute.
· Pursue Learning and Scholarship by building on successes, learning from mistakes and pursuing quality in teaching, research and creative endeavors.
· Seek Integrity by aspiring to the highest moral and ethical standards.
· Strive for Excellence by aspiring to achieve our fullest potential in our educational and personal pursuits”.
The University’s willingness to allow this perpetrator to return to campus violates the principle of embracing freedom and openness because it does not create an environment that is safe and affirming. Survivors of sexual and gender-based violence already experience violations of their freedoms. The campus environment has already become unsafe; making the decision to allow a sexual predator back on this campus after one year makes it more unsafe. The University has also violated the Just Community principle of embracing freedom and openness by limiting survivors’ options to nurture their independence and to express their ideas.
The University’s willingness to allow this perpetrator to return to campus violates the Just Community principle of promoting justice. The Just Community promotes justice by working to build a learning environment that offers everyone an equal opportunity to grow, flourish, and contribute. Allowing this perpetrator back on campus is an injustice to this specific survivor and all survivors of sexual and gender-based violence who are already experiencing inequalities in their opportunities to grow, flourish, and contribute at UC.
The University’s willingness to allow this perpetrator to return to campus violates the Just Community principle of seeking integrity. A Just Community seeks integrity by aspiring to the highest moral and ethical standards. The University has made an immoral and unethical decision to only suspend this perpetrator, one which lowers the moral and ethical standards of our community. The University has failed to respect this survivor’s safety, all survivors’ and all students’ safety; it has failed to embrace freedom and openness for survivors; it has failed to promote justice for survivors; and in doing so it has failed to maintain integrity and moral and ethical standards.
The University of Cincinnati is not upholding a Just Community and is committing an injustice to survivors and the community. We encourage the University of Cincinnati to re-evaluate their disciplinary response to this sexual misconduct committed on our campus. No person found guilty of sexual violence should ever be permitted back on this campus.
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