As students at Washington University and leaders of the pro-Israel, pro-peace, anti-occupation organization J Street U, we strongly appreciate Congressman William Lacy Clay’s record as a longtime supporter of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and for human rights for all people in the region.
The system is broken every step of the way, and a complete rethinking of the Title IX process and how the school supports survivors—even beyond reporting—is needed.
Due process is not a code word for the patriarchy or white supremacy. It is not for wrongdoers to get away with hurting others, or a shield for the privileged.
Today’s newspaper includes an op-ed piece entitled “Victim of the ‘gray area,’” written by an anonymous Washington University student.
I hope that in the future students of this University will understand that this behavior will not be tolerated, and the lackadaisical way consent is treated will change. Consent matters and consent should be explicit.
When I first was asked to be an undergraduate student representative to the board of trustees, I was deeply humbled that my co-rep, Megan Wolf, and myself, were given the opportunity to positively affect the lives of our peers.
While I only found out about his history afterwards, Washington University had multiple reports about this student and was aware of his violent tendencies long before my assault.
As both students and survivors, we have had enough. Incredibly brave survivors have added their voices to an ongoing effort to hold Washington University accountable for ensuring students’ safety in regards to sexual violence on this campus.
After a night of remembering nothing between pre-gaming a fraternity mixer with my friends and waking up to many texts asking if I made it home, including one that said, “Do you think you were drugged last night?” I stayed quiet.
Responding to calls from students and faculty to have the school divest from companies that profit from fossil fuels, Chancellor Mark Wrighton of Washington University said, “our position has long been that our investment policy will not be…used to support political, social or other agendas.”