University of Chicago Alumni for a Student Assault Policy

****** UPDATE - March 2014: Michele Rasmussen of the University of Chicago Deans Office answered our letter. You can view her e-mail here: http://ow.ly/uDT30 ****** The University of Chicago is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) for its possible breach of the sex-based discrimination law, Title IX. A group of concerned University of Chicago Alumni, who had been activists for sexual assault policy reform at U Chicago in the 1990s, sent an open letter to University President Robert J. Zimmer, cc'ed to University administrators and members of the press. If you would like to add your name to the letter, fill out the form below (scroll all the way down). Please include your full name and year of graduation, or explain a different relationship to the University in the Comments. Current students, feel free to sign with your expected year of graduation. PRIVACY NOTE: We update this letter periodically with the names, graduation years and comments of additional signers. All email addresses entered into the form below will remain private and will not be mis-used. To read more about the investigation, see the Maroon's coverage here: http://chicagomaroon.com/2014/02/11/university-under-federal-investigation-for-sexual-assault-policy/ Here is the text of our letter: February 13, 2014 Dear President Zimmer, We recently learned of the continued problems with sexual assault at the U of C from a report in the Chicago Maroon, subsequently picked up by national media outlets. We are dismayed that there has been insufficient progress to address sexual violence crimes on campus since we were students in the 1990s. As alumni of the University of Chicago, we are deeply concerned that shortcomings that we identified in our university’s approach to sexual violence when we were students apparently still persist. We hope that the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) investigation will be the catalyst to meaningful, permanent improvements in both the response to and prevention of sexual assault. In 1996 and 1997, some of us formed Action for a Student Assault Policy (ASAP) and the Coalition Against Sexual Violence (CASV) to address what we perceived as an urgent need for reform in how our university prevented and responded to sexual and other forms of assault. The organizations were created in reaction to frustration with what we believed were the administration’s mishandled and inadequate responses to both sexual assaults and assaults against minority students. These broad coalitions included students involved with the Alpha Omicron Phi Sorority, Comadres, Feminist Majority, the Muslim Student Association, the Organization of Black Students, Queers & Associates, the Sexual Violence Prevention Resource Center, the Women’s Lacrosse Team, the Womyn’s Union, and more. At that time, allegations of assault were often handled by administrators with little or inadequate training in rape crisis response. Investigations, when conducted, were usually channeled through campus security rather than the Chicago Police Department. Campus police and student health services regularly failed to follow best practices when responding to allegations of sexual assault crimes, resulting in loss of evidence and inadequate care. Victims were offered relocation and “mediation” with their assailant, whom they might see in class again the next day. A major problem was the lack of centralized coordination; survivors could bounce from one office to another until they eventually gave up. Support services and resources for victims of sexual assault were patchwork and woefully insufficient. In October 1996, based on the shortcomings we identified, ASAP proposed specific improvements to sexual assault prevention and response at the University. The suggested improvements included a centralized position or office with additional resources to coordinate response and prevention as well as improved training and the implementation of best-practice protocols for the housing system, counseling center, health services, campus police, faculty, and administration. We based our proposals on programs that were already in effect on other campuses in Chicago and around the country. Throughout 1996 and 1997, we met face-to-face with several members of the University administration to present our concerns, research and suggestions. We were discouraged by the slowness of response on the part of the administration and what we saw as a failure to implement urgently needed improvements. Then, as happens, we graduated and left the university. We were not there long enough, or with enough leverage, to see that those improvements were made. We had hoped that the needed progress had been made in the intervening years. Thus it is disheartening to learn, from recent reports in the Maroon and other media, that the University of Chicago seemingly has not yet done enough to improve sexual assault response since we left campus many years ago. The ongoing OCR investigation suggests that serious shortcomings persist. The failure of the University to fully address this pervasive problem has likely contributed to the suffering of hundreds of bright young people, mostly young women, some of whom chose to leave the University, discontinue their education, and even, in the worst of cases, commit suicide. The University could rely on the natural attrition of student sexual violence activists to maintain the status quo, instead of acting upon opportunities to make needed changes. Our organization, Action for a Student Assault Policy, was named in part to underscore the urgency behind reform; we believed changes needed to be made ASAP. It is painful and ironic to learn that, two decades later, these pervasive problems have not been adequately addressed. Former students are watching and waiting for the University of Chicago to do the right thing. To that end, we are heartened that the OCR has taken steps to hold the University accountable. President Barack Obama has recently made it clear that ending sexual assault on campus needs to be a priority in higher education (Footnote 1). The University of Chicago has the opportunity to be a leader on this issue. It is past time for the University to implement the current standard best practices for sexual violence prevention and response on campus. As alumni, we would like to assist in the improvements in any way that we can. What we will not do, however, is stand by and approve of the status quo, or give our resources to a University that still falls short in addressing sexual assault issues in a respectful and appropriate way. Sexual violence prevention and response at the University of Chicago must improve ASAP. Andrea Laiacona Dooley, AB ‘96, AM ‘96 and Katie Romich, AB ‘98 Alumni for a Student Assault Policy in support: Erin Barrett, AB ‘94 Amanda Bartoshesky, AB ‘97 Kevin Bogart, AB ‘97 James Felix Black, X’94 Maria Cardow, AB ‘98 Olivia Given Castello, AB ‘98 Jane Ellen Clougherty, AB ‘97 Kathryn (nee Regan) Cullen, ‘97 Benjamin Edmonds, AB ‘92, JD ‘98 Francesca Freeman, AB ‘98 Meghan Getting, AB ‘96 Liv Gjestvang, AB ‘98 Colin Johnson, AB ‘96 Sharon L. Jones, AB '97 Jimmy Casas Klausen, AB ‘98 Alma Klein, AB ‘98 Daraka Larimore Hall, AB ‘99 Margaret Lakin Hardigan, AB ‘96 Kristen Lehner, AB ‘96 Liane Lohde, AB ‘98 Melissa Martin, AB ‘95 Michael Rabinowitz, AB ‘99 Marthame Sanders, MDiv ‘96 Andrea Batista Schlesinger, AB ‘99 Margaret Schwartz, AB ‘98 Ellen Sung, AB ‘98 Stephanie Yu, AB ‘97 Cc: Thomas Rosenbaum, Provost, The University of Chicago Aneesh Ali, Associate Provost, Affirmative Action Officer, and Title IX Coordinator Tanya Oliveira, Attorney, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education Rebecca Guterman and Sam Levine, Editors-in-Chief Joy Crane, Chicago Maroon, Grey City Journal editor Jackie Calmes, New York Times Hillary Crosley, Jezebel Naheed Rajwani, Chicago Tribune Todd Lighty, Chicago Tribune Notes 1. Jackie Calmes, “Obama Seeks to Raise Awareness of Rape on Campus,” New York Times, January 22, 2014. Additional Signers Tucker Bennett AB '05 John Wenders 2008 Clara Raubertas 2006 Evelyn Dehais 2009 Nicole Lunning 2005 Eliot Feenstra 2010 Katherine Lieder 2009 Rowena Ruan 2009 John Tamburri 2005 Antonia 2010 William David Jarvis 2009 Lauren Beitler AB '05, MAT '06 Margaret Lebron 2007 Laura Seago AB '07 Patrick LaVictoire 2005 Laura Fuchs 2007 Josephine Ferorelli 2005 Allison Bretz 2009 John Gabriel 2006 Leah Dugan 2007 Amelia Valdez Quellhorst 2007, 2010 Ana Raquel Minian 2005 Katherine Hove 2005 Stacy Hackner 2010 I was involved with a group that tried to get the university to develop a sexual assault policy in the mid-2000s. Survivors struggled through the same inadequate-at-best procedures that ASAP describes attempting to improve in the 1990s. It's sick and disheartening that the university still hasn't changed. -- Heather Rosenfeld AB 2007 David Adamson 2007 Hannah Kardon 2008 Edward Hershey AB 2001; AM 2003 Rebecca Rothschild 2010 Sara Rezvi 2006 Stephanie Ciupka 2010 Trevor Schechter 2007 Daniel M. Choi 2010 Hannah Gordon 2010 Shana Carp 2010 Marguerite Brown 2010 Ryan Kaminski 2008 Molly Liu 2013 Quan Le 2005 Eliza Behlen 2011 Michelle Schmitz 2011 It is disturbing to think, that there is still no good policy for handling sexual assault on campus! -- Kyle I.Fuchs AB 1972 Yuxi Lin 2010 Emiliy Hall 2010 Emily York AB 2000 Trevor Oliver AB '97 Loranne Nasir 2004, 2008 Ethan Sribnick AB '98 Matthew Irvin 1999 Vivian Wong 1998 Alex Lampros AB 2007 Sexual assault against women at the university was pervasive when I was there and so under-reported it seemed that each woman was the only victim. That is until she asked her friends about it. The assailants are usually classmates. What is the point of the Unviersity of Chicago having one of the largest police forces in Illinois if it cannot protect its students from each other? The South Side is dangerous, but campus is not Eden. -- Anne Elise Herold Li 1997 Mari Shopsis AB '98 Megan Hill 2003 Elda Stanco Downey AB '98 Teresa Wood AB '98 carrie wipplinger 1999 Sean Stevenson AB 99 Michael Yarbrough AB '01 Anne Bazile 1999 Sam Jacob 1999 As a member of the Working Group on the Sexual Assault Policy (WGSAP) from 2008 to 2010, I can only echo and stand in solidarity with this statement from ASAP. It is astounding to me that students have been advocating for more just sexual assault disciplinary policies since the early 90s (at least!), and yet the University is still responding to sexual assault survivors in ways that have warranted attention from the US Dept. of Education's Office of Civil Rights. I am very proud of the work WGSAP was able to do with the University and the progress the University has made since that time, but based on the details I've read of the case that spurred this investigation, it's still not enough. As student activists graduate, the University administration is more responsible than ever for maintaining progress and not failing sexual assault survivors -- Ursula Wagner AM 2010 Michaeljit Sandhu 2013 Julia Conte 2012 Emma Cueto 2013 Jaclyn Peek AB '02 Annie Wu 2015 Sarah Del Ciello 2009 Marissa Lieberman-Klein AB '13 Caitlyn Buchanan 2010 Shelly Horwitz 2013 While I was a student at UC, a a classmate was raped in one of the libraries. The university immediately beefed up security at building entrances. I ask UC to never stop examining and improving its response to rape. This seat of enlightenment should and can be a place of security and just recourse for women and a place in which every man (student, faculty, or worker) knows that rape is a crime that he will never tolerate or commit. -- Frances Rigberg Baker AB 1966 Sharan Shetty 2013 Naseem Jamnia AB '13 Karen Zainal 2014 Kristina Strother-Garcia 2013 Erika A. Rist AB 2013 Devyn Russell 2013 Kirsten Madsen AB '13 Erika Dunn-Weiss SB'13 Malic White 2012 Adam Rosenthal AM 2012 Danya Raquel Lagos AB '12 Sherry Cao 2014 Evan Garrett 2012 Alexandra Belzley 2015 Molly FitzMaurice 2012 Molly FitzMaurice 2012 This is essential on every college campus. U of C risks losing its admirable standing if it becomes known it is taking the ostrich approach -- Joan Meier, J.D. 1983 Jason Insworth M.Div 2006 Jesse Hughes 1998 Anh-Thu Huynh 2008 Susan Klumpner 2011 Markie Gray 2012 Ella Christoph AB 2011 Jake Interrante 2012 Mayte Guerra 2011 Sophie Nunberg 2012 Jeremy Kane 2011 Rob Underwood 2011 Sophia Alice 2013 Lily Baker AB 2011 Eddie Sung 2002 Kerith Asma AM 2013 Jennifer Sung 2014 Laura A. McFadden 2013 Jennie Lee 2013 Ariadne Yulo 2014 Roisleen Todd 2014 Catherine Greim 2011 Anna Johnson 2013 Sophie Wereley 2013 Hannah Provenza AB 2012 Cassandra Walker 2013 Katie Hough 2013 Jordan Poole 2016 Eric Zuesse 1966 Dennis Tseng 2013 I know of two sexual assaults when I was an undergrad that the University did nothing about. For shame. -- Rachel Landau-Lazerus AB 2008 MPP 2012 Peter Borah 2012 Catherine Fireman AB 2011 Constance Grady 2010 Elizabeth Bidwell Goetz AB 2008 Ethan Rodkin 2010 John Payne 2006 Joanna Zabiega 2013 Robert Prag 2008 Anne Marie Williams 2012 Carolyn Bolger AB 2012 Samuel Bloom 2012 Joe Tomino AB 2011 Victoria Garcia 2016 Aleks Ksiazkiewicz MA 2008 Alexander Fix AB '09 Matt McCracken 2013 Marvin Espinozaa 2014 Alice Xue AB 2013 Faith Meixell 2012 Aviva Rosman AB 2010 Gerald Pillsbury PhD '93 Bing Wang AB 2013 Rachel Sullivan AB '13 John Xia 2014 Chelsea Woods 2011 Vicki Pung 2013 Abigail Kraft 2009 Catrina Doxsee 2013 Elisabeth Sanders 2013 Molly Munson 13 Anand Sarwate Affiliate, 2011-2013 Carolyn Wald 2011 nicolle neulist AB 2004 Eve L. Ewing AB 2008 Elizabeth Himmel 2009 Alice Mark 3009 Laura Gluckman AB '08, MAT '10 Julia Sizek 2013 Sophia Kortchmar 2013 Marc Amante AB 2010 Jesse Raber 2005 Mike Mei 2012 Lorca Sloan 2013 Carrie Williams-George 2010 Hallie Trauger AB 2010 Emily Heist Moss AB 2010 Alison Roberts 2014 Jacob Friedman 2011 Mabel Sanqui 2002 Mabel Sanqui 2002 Connie Ma AB'2010 Zekeriya Eroglu 1999 Robert Grider 2010 Maria Fereira 2013 Joan Wolkerstorfer AB 2006 Craig Johnson 2011 Madalyn Zimbric AB 2011 Ian Morrow 2011 Chase Mechanick 2012 nicholas bailey 2012 Elizabeth Gray 2012, 2013 Chana Messinger 2013 Sol Lee 2011 Alison Eckhardt 2006 Josh Zenker 2007 Anna Akers-Pecht AB 2012 Heather Johnson AB '98 Cheyenne Chun 2011 Gautham Varadarajan 2013 I was involved in the Working Group on Sexual Assault Policy from 2008-2010. Why does the University continue to neglect students' voices and safety? -- Caroline Wooten 2012 Dan Wade 2009 Audrey Habermann AB 2009 Gabriel Jacobs 2013 Alison Kahler 2010 Sara Nasser 2012 Aaron 2013 Alyssa Mathias 2009 Savithry Namboodiripad AB '10, AM '10 David Masad 2009 Daniel Benjamin AB 2009 Sze Han Ong 2011 Andrew Yale MA 2007 Avi Garelick 2010 Maxwell Tang 2010 Emily Gilman 2009 JR Martin AB 2008 Brittany Agostino AB 2013 Anna Rae Goethe 2010 Yasmeen Mekawy Grad Jaleesa Akuoko 2012 Benjamin Rossi 2010 Alice Magelssen 2009 Katherine Jasa 2010 Alexander Hoare 2014 Luis Brennan 2010 Aaron Weiss Lab School 2008 Jonathan Katz 2014 Ni Qian 2010 Adrienne Hunt 2016 Nikhil Raghuram 9 Yadav Gowda 2014 I personally know students at several universities who were let down by their schools following sexual assault. Let's make sure that our university stops being one of them. -- Caroline Gully Brown 2015 Marina Peterson 1998 Douglas Graebner 2014 I was an Orientation Leader my second year and am now the ASC Wisconsin regional chair. I helped teach incoming students about consent and practices to protect themselves and others during orientation, and really appreciated that the University included a discussion on drinking and consent, I do think these discussions helped deter many assault cases. But it pains me to learn that the University does not respond as compassionately when these prevention methods fail. High school students read these reports, they investigate universities thoroughly - I would not want my interviewees to feel unsafe or unsupported at their dream school. -- Chelsea Bingiel 2011 Avital Morris 2017 Natalie Wagner 2017 Louis Wasserman 2012 Dexter N. O'Connell 2013 Daniel Immerman 2008 Ramona Martinez 2011 We have enough problems with poor mental health on this campus without mistreating our students who suffer traumatic events. -- Misha Grifka 2015 Kevin Cherry 2011 AM Morgan Britt 2014 Richard J Prince 1969 Gabrielle Friedman MAT 2015 Emily Dawson 2008, 2010 Diana Camosy AB 2010 Avital Datskovsky 2013 Lena Phalen 2013 dmuratore 2016 Elena Bulgarella 2010 The University has a moral and a legal obligation to improve its treatment of survivors. -- Michelle Kilbourn 2014 Jessee Fish 2016 Daniel Rothblatt 2015 Anaïs Ahmed 2016 Clancy Taylor 2016 Ben Sigrist AB 2012 Hannah Friedman 2016 Matt Kellner 2015 I am absolutely appalled by recent news out of my alma mater. I'm embarressed when friends up affiliated with the university ask me about these cases and what such a prestigious institution is doing with such a backwards policy. I stand in solidarity with my classmates and fellow alumnae who are survivors of sexual assault. -- Lauren Dean 2013 Blair Thornburgh AB 2012 Trevor Morse 2009 Gregor Siegmund 2013 Mary Schoenbach AB '14 Charles F. Wang AB 2011 Listen up, U of C; your alumni want legal, effective assault policy more than we want Kant socks. -- Laura Eberly AB 2010, AM 2011 Katherine McIntyre 2011 Deanna Lesht AM 2011 Lucy Little 2012 Alice Grossman Lab 2006 Emily Pelka 2009 Brian Hoey 2014 Edo Choi 2014 Melissa Grossbarth 2016 Lynda Lopez 2014 Vida Kuang 2013 Tyler Darnell 2016 I know my IX. The University, it appears, does not. http://knowyourix.org/title-ix/title-ix-the-basics/ -- Yun-ke Chin-Lee 2016 leslie warmus 2011 Olivia Woollam 2013 Sarah Pickman 2008 Chelsea Jaffey 2015 Andrea Haidar 2015 Ryan Rubin 2006 Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein 2005 Nina Trumbo 2011 Sarah M. Collins 1999 Taylor Brogan 2014 Forcing an alleged victim of sexual violence to engage in face-to-face "mediation" with his or her rapist is inexcusable and underscores the University's lack of commitment to providing legal or emotional support to students harmed under University auspices. It's time for a change. -- Sara Liss 2007 Yusef Al-Jarani 2015 Colin Low 2014 Stephen Wellman 1998 Sara Rubinstein 2016 The university's handling of these sexual assault cases up to this point has been absolutely disgraceful. They should be leaders in this issue. -- Tristan Bock-Hughes 2017 Alexis Chaney 2012 Andrea Nishi 2013 Daniel von Brighoff AB 1992 Stella Biderman 2016 Jennifer Thall AB 2011 Himabindu Poroori 2015 Brian Sullivan AB 1984 Benjamin Venator 1989 Juliet Eldred 2017 Bradan Litzinger 2011 George Rapidis 2015 Carolyn Hruban 2017 Luis Amaya 2013 Anum Qadir 2014 Kathleen Cole 2017 Genevieve Aoki AB 2009 Our institution should always be head and shoulders above the norm on social issues, and should protect our students with the same conviction we preach in the classroom. It is time our institutions of higher education did more to open the dialogue on sexual assault, and protect its victims. -- Jessica Chung 2013 Addie Barron 2017 Katelyn Muenck 2014 Isaac Wolkerstorfer (né Wasileski) 2005 Anna Bertiger SB 2006 Aimee Drolet 1991, 1993 Sien Hasker 2017 Harry Milkman 1985 I am now very relieved that my daughter decided not to apply to the college, and I must say, I am not sure that I will encourage her to consider Chicago for graduate school. This is so disheartening. I felt that Chicago, of all places, would treat victims of sexual violence with respect. A close friend was a victim of attempted rake during my fourth year there. It was traumatic not just for her, but for all of her friends. I hope the school treats this letter as the wake up call it is. -- Amy Lesemann 1985 Judith Silverstein 1985 Ramya Iyer 2010 Bryan Ho 2010 Maira Khwaja 2016 Andres Fonseca 2013 Rebecca Lindsey Uhl 2009 Emily Bao 2014 Craig Segall 2004 Melissa High 2014 Maranna Yoder 2015 Alice Peng 2013 Michael Harrison 2017 Veronica Portillo Heap 2015 Katherine Thibodeaux 2012 Alex Bender 2005 Robert Migliore AB 1983 I am excited to see alumnae and alumni involvement in this issue and to connect with you! I share the concerns expressed in the letter but I have chosen a different path with my money. I have given restricted donations to provide supplemental (not budget relief) funding to address sexual violence on campus. For years, I refused to give money until I saw the University address the issue of non-stranger rape on campus, but attending my 30th reunion brought a change of heart. I decided to make a restricted gift. I am now also a member of the Phoenix society: I assigned the University as a beneficiary of my IRA with the funds designated for "student internships to study or improve the University's definitions, policies, reporting of, disciplining procedures, or programming related to non-stranger sexual assault. Review of other college programs and benchmarking against them is particularly desirable." If others are interested in exploring such restricted giving or (non-giving) options, I'd love to connect with you. We might just have an impact. Since the organizers have everyone's email addresses, might we form a Google group for discussing possible next steps? I'm happy to help. I'd also like to invite interested University of Chicago people to join Campus Survivors of Sexual Assault, an online forum for alumnae, alumni, and former students who survived sexual violence while attending an institution of higher learning in the United States. We share stories, support, resources, and actions. Friends, family, and allies are also welcome. https://groups.google.com/d/forum/campussurvivors Finally, I invite you to visit the Facebook page, Culture of Consent, where I monitor news coverage of non-stranger rape on university campuses. https://www.facebook.com/CultureOfConsent -- Michele Beaulieux BA Political Science 1982 Elena Smith 2017 Faven Habte 2015 Sydelle Keisler 2017 Nathan Schine 2018 Rina Friedberg 2015 Mark Boykin 2015 Elizabeth Musselman Palmer MDiv 1997 PhD 2014 Carmel Levy 2009 Katherine Mock 2012 Naomi Itzkoff 2015 Jonathan Pesetsky 2015 Maira Khwaja 2016 S. Renee Judd, Ph.D. 1989 Katryce Lassle 2014 Lester Ang 2013 Deborah Megdal 2008 Mark Bouchard 2017 Sobia Haleem 2014 Mallory Bender 2013 Alex Warburton 2011 Amanda Bennett 2014 Ione Barrows 2015 Maxine Berman AB 2016 Alexandra Muma AB 2010 Merry Herbst 2012 Jacqueline Trudeau 2012 Eliza Brown 2013 Kirsten Paige 2011 Mihajlo Gasic 2013 Emma Moore 2012 Nissa Mai 2015 James Michael Levinsohn 2012 Rabeya Merenkov 2009 Oluwadamilola Obaro AB 2012 Anna Jones 2011 Claire Joyce 2011 Philip McGrath 2014 Talia Retter 2012 Padma Chirumamilla AB 2009 Sarah Bingham Miller AB 1992 Emma Cone-Roddy AB '11, JD '15 Morgan Brock-Smith 2015 Eleanor Friedman AB 2005 Patrick Moran 2013 Richard Ruiz 2010 Michael Lipkin 2011 Juan 2013 Richard Ruiz 2010 Elle Opitz 2012 Celia Yuen 2016 Harry Backlund 2011 Ellen Platts 2015 Madeleine Weisman 2012 Cordelia Duff 2014 Farzad Alvi AB 1988 The treatment of sexual violence has clearly been an ongoing problem. Way back in 1981, there was a recognition that title IX was being ignored, and women were not being treated the same as men (the whole WOLF thing about locker rooms). The hope was that "fixes" in the 1990s actually DID fix. Clearly not. And it's not just a case of men versus women; it's a case of people versus people. I love U of C, through and through. But it's definitely time to clean up the dark underside! -- Marsha Woerner SB 1983 Elizabeth Leahey 2014 Hayley Lamberson 2012 Hui Min Chang 2013 Fiona Malone 2012 Bailey Steinworth 2013 Shenghe Ye 2012 The University's backwards policies are re-traumatizing the very people they are supposed to protect. -- Marguerite Meyer 2015 Susan Murphy 1991 Sandra Cordoba 2012 Tim Donovan 2009 Alex Kostiw 2009 Molly Steele 2008 Ryan O'Malley 2014 Helen Ellsworth 2015 Alexandra Deis-Lauby 2012 Sara Raftery 2009 Aisha Ahmad 2014 Zach Taylor 2017 Sarah Staudt BA 2010, JD 2013 Tamara Ghattas 2003 Connor Gilroy 2013 Daniel Dziubinski 2013 It's both sad and shocking to find out that the nightmarish stories I heard from friends about the inadequate responses of the University administration to sexual assault cases in the 90's still goes on. Their lack of support for victims led to the widespread opinion among students that the administration sought to "handle" such cases internally only so that they could sweep them under the rug and reduce crime statistics and bad publicity for a University concerned with attracting well-to-do suburban kids to "scary ol' Hyde Park". Well, Hyde Park, and the world at large, has come a long way since then. It's a disgrace the University's support for sexual assault victims hasn't also. -- Keith Murphy 1997 Seth Samelson 2008 Steven Rice 2012 Lauren Stokes AM 2011 Joanna Behrman MA 2014 Tom Alexander AB 2000 Arvin Shandiz 2006 Patrick Ip 2013 Luis Gutierrez 2000 Sumaya Bouadi 2016 Jon Lee 2013 Monica Apodaca 2000 Philip Ehrenberg 2014 Sithara Kodali 2011 Kara Christensen 2011 Dory Fox AB '13 Vriti Jain 2011 Wilson Gu 2012 Lucy Hall 2010 Ashley Jackson 2011 As an Orientation Leader in my second and third years and a Student Director in my fourth year at UChicago, I always felt that the University wasn't aggressive enough about its sexual assault policies. While I agree that students should be made aware of resources and policies on sexual assault during orientation, I felt uncomfortable with the idea of an open discussion on rape and consent, especially one led by someone with questionable authority, such as another student. The OCR's need for investigation is proof that this method of preventing sexual assault doesn't work. Yes, UChicago prides itself on its student-lead discourse, but when it comes to consent, there is no discussion: NO MEANS NO. -- Ariadne Sandbeck 2010 Jonathan Sellon 2010 Chloe McCabe 2011 Jorge Saldaña 2013 I am disheartened by the University's handling of these situations, yet I retain my hope that this liberal institution will swiftly resolve the mechanisms that allow for injustices like these to slip under the rug. -- Jon Sussman 2017 Gale Stam 2006 Rachel Marro 2012 Snigdha Sah 2008 Megan Carlson 2010 Andrea Toro 2007 Caroline Weisser AB 2009 Ayoung Lee AB 2009 Andrea Freerksen 2012 Hale Thompson 1991 Samina Majid Waggoner MD 1990 Tal Kopan 2009 Kathryn Hostettler AB 1991 Heather Lewis 2010 Kailin Liu AB 2010 Dennell Reynolds AB 2011 Lauren Fram 2010 Hanna Mandelbaum 2001 Diane Pyle 1982 Avery Leigh Thomas 2009 Emily Tancer Broach AB 2008 JD 2011 Elizabeth Hart 2011 Alicia May AB 2010 Aliya Bagewad 2012 Olivia Renensland 2010 Agnes Zarkadas 1982 Joanna Lampe AB 2006 Padma Rajagopal 2009 John Laycock 2009 Lauren Makholm 2010 K. Nadine Kavanaugh 1999 Kenworthey Bilz JD 1998 Elizabeth McCreless 2012 Emma Boast AB 2009 Chenab Navalkha 2013 Dan Reis 2013 Rachel Swift 2006 Jamila Taylor 2014 Hannah Landes 2017 Nora Sandler 2014 Xandra 2016 Shirley Zhang 2017 Hayley Goldstein 2017 Lester Hu PhD 2019 Stephanie Diaz 2017 David Clingingsmith AM 1998 Jonathan Warczak 2012 James Magnuson 1993 Ben Ropp 1994 Ian Ramdeen 2015 Sam Scarrow 2013 Julianna Peebles 2014 Christina Sprayberry 2011 I was disappointed to read about the University's response to sexual assault survivors and am hopeful that they not only abide by current law and policy but instill additional measures to aid survivors and prevent sexual assault. -- Leigh Knittle MA 2005 Mandi Medeiros AM 2010 Ellie Mejia 2017 Joan Park 2014 Aden Kumler AB 1996 I refuse to accept that my friends have been told to keep the proceedings of their hearings quiet, that they can't tell me the horrors you put them through: the blaming, the disrespect, the blatant disregard for their humanity. They are told that it was unclear if there was consent so their attackers remain on campus (fyi if consent's unclear there was no consent). They walk around in fear. And to tell them their rapists' privacy is more important than their voice is despicable. Survivors like me have asked politely too many times. Everyone's watching now, the University's dirty little not-so-secret is in the public eye, and I couldn't be more overjoyed. -- Christina Pillsbury AB '14 (c/o 2012) Nicole Lipitz AB 2011 Simona Mkrtschjan 2002 Kaitlin Thompson AM 2014 Ted Kent 2013 Anamaria Hernandez 2014 Zoe Boundy-Singer 2016 Maggy Liu 2017 Sara Corderman AB '13 Gregory Goodman 2012 I was so very disappointed to learn that UChicago would continue disrespect its students in such a way even after student feedback from 1990s. UChicago should be more concerned with treating its students well and less concerned with being a famous university. -- Coya Castro 2006 Ellie McGarvey 2010 Michael Kastler 1990 Jackson Oakley AB 2015 Mary Sharon Kastler 1990 Ella Farmer AB 1995 Amanda Godley 1991 I am shocked and dismayed that, after more than 20 years, the University continues to fail its students and add to the profound violations they have suffered. The U of C has betrayed far too many people. -- Leah (Koch) Kabira AB '92 Maureen Loughnane AB 1993 Inge-Marie Eigsti 1993 Danielle Rue 1992 Jessica Zhang 2012 Adrian Trust 2017 Ana Torres Villafana AB 2012 Kaitlyn Lee 2014 Nicholas Welsh 2012 Nicole Lasky MA 2007 Eric Rogers AB'05 AM'07 Kari Berglund AB 2011 Petar Yanakiev 2012 Sarah Follmer 2005 Kymberly Harrington 2012 Stephanie Zelaya 2013 Ashley Mitchell AB 2012 Aaron Stigberg 1995 Sakina Kazmi 2012 Saul Hymes AB '02 Elisa Shoenberger 2006 Zainab Imam MPP 2015 Emily Peters 2003 John Tangren AB 2000 Monica Mercado AM 2006 Tyler Kissinger 2016 Emma Marquez 2010 Susie Turkson 2012 Wendy Easton 1984 MFA Susie Moya 2011 Sandra Storey AB '89 Jack Jin Gary Lee AB 2007 Victor Bayona 1999 Maheema Haque 2017 Christopher Snyder 1994 Claudia AB '13 U of C, as ever: LESS THEORY. MORE JUSTICE. -- Leah E. Olm 2007 Sara Rezvi 2006 Kathryn Campbell-Kibler 1998 Erin Kelsey 2012 Mollie McQuillan 2000 Brook Dooley AB 1996 Marisa Gora 1995 Zulma Terrones AB '12 Kira Bennett Hamilton AB 2008 Kamilah Foreman 2001 Lola Thompson 2007 Susan Paul A.M. 1998 Tim Goodell 1985 Haley Markbreiter 2012 Virginia Hill 1990 Sofia Flores 2015 Pete Brooks 2014 Tova Reiter 2015 Tanvi Mago 2015 Kate Christensen 2017 Serena May 2012 Maia Rigas 1990 Ligia M. Castro-Monge AM 1988 Jenna Harper 2008 Sarah Tsai A.M. 2008 Christina Williams 2010 Laura Fillenwarth AM 2008 Elisabeth Helmy 2007 Anita Dutta 2013 Max Shron AB 2009 Jerry Pollock 1991 Wendy Schoen MBA 1980 Genevieve Denoeux 2014 Karen Hopkins 1993 PhD Total Number of Signers: 602 REMINDER: Your form submission will not show up immediately. We update the letter once or twice daily with the names, graduation years and comments of additional signers. Check back a little later and you will see your name listed.

 

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