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Petitioning Trustees Wesleyan University Board of Trustees

Wesleyan University Board of Trustees: Audit ResLife/Public Safety reports of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape


In light of the recent allegations of the administration's horrifying mistreatment and cruelty toward a rape victim in 2010, it is crucial that Wesleyan University analyze all other recorded charges of sexual crimes reported to the Offices of Residential Life and Public Safety. The best way to do this is for the Office of Residential Life to analyze every prior notice of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape, then review how the Office responded, and whether this response was effective. Special attention should be paid to cases of representatives of the administration "gaslighting" or otherwise diminishing the criminality of harassment, assault and rape to undergraduates.

This petition is addressed to Wesleyan's Board of Trustees, calling on them to demand immediate action. No Wesleyan student should feel unsafe on campus. As alumni we are demanding that Wesleyan ensure it has done everything in its power to protect students both past and present from reported incidences of sexual misconduct. Current students need to have faith in the administration's ability to protect future alumni. A public and comprehensive audit is the best way to move toward policies that better ensure student safety and support survivors of crimes.

http://articles.courant.com/2012-10-05/news/hc-wesleyan-rape-lawsuit-1006-20121005_1_wesleyan-university-student-wesleyan-community-lawsuit

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/12/AR2010031201792.html

Letter to
Trustees Wesleyan University Board of Trustees
Audit ResLife/Public Safety reports of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape

In light of the recent allegations that the Wesleyan Administration failed to protect a former student from sexual assault and ongoing harassment, we, the undersigned, demand a comprehensive audit of all other reported incidents of sexual harassment, assault, misconduct and rape reported to the Wesleyan University Office of Residential Life and Public Safety. An external committee of auditors should be tasked with the job of seeing that these cases were handled in ways that best protect the well-being and safety of the victim.

No student should have to feel unsafe on campus, yet a report from the Center for Public Integrity concluded that one out of five women will be raped while in college. This report also found that 60% of rapes will not be reported. "The allegations within the recent federal Jane Doe lawsuit compels comprehensive and immediate investigation into the veracity of these claims of grievous cruelty and indifference. No student should feel their administration will fail them in protecting their rights, safety and well-being on campus. Should evidence of neglect be found, immediate policy changes should be mandated. Wesleyan can and should do better.

On behalf of Jane Doe (and all past Jane Does), we demand to see that Wesleyan do everything in its power to protect its students. Hence, we believe that in order to provide a safe, healthy campus for all current and future students of Wesleyan University, an audit of the practices of Office of Residential Life and Public Safety is necessary. We believe public and comprehensive audit is the best way to move toward enacting policies that better ensure campus safety and support survivors of sexual misconduct.

http://articles.courant.com/2012-10-05/news/hc-wesleyan-rape-lawsuit-1006-20121005_1_wesleyan-university-student-wesleyan-community-lawsuit

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/12/AR2010031201792.html