Student accused in Student Life op-ed has access to campus restricted

Emma Baker | News Editor

The student accused of physically assaulting the author of an anonymous op-ed published in Student Life April 16 is only allowed to be on the Washington University Danforth Campus to attend class and take exams, “pending completion of formal adjudication.”

The op-ed contains allegations that the student in question physically assaulted the writer on two separate occasions. According to the author, this student also sexually assaulted other female students on campus.

According to Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Jill Friedman, the decision to limit the student’s access to campus to academic obligations was motivated by information acquired during the investigation and through formal allegation reports.

“At all other times, the student must remain off campus,” Friedman wrote in a statement to Student Life. “We are closely monitoring the situation and are confident that our students are safe.”

Because this is an ongoing investigation, no further details could be released about the status of its process or the details of the students involved to “protect the integrity of the investigative process.”

“It takes great courage to come forward. We continue to work directly with these students and others who they know and trust to understand and meet their needs,” Friedman wrote. “We are proud of the support among our student body that has helped to empower their fellow students to act.”

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