Tuesday, October 22, 2013

This higher education issue never goes out of season…

From time to time, I need to remind everyone about the ongoing issue of sexual assault on college campuses, and more importantly the culture that allows it to thrive.
Changing a culture is not easy, and it cannot be done without absolute buy in from the top all the way down. Administration often talks the talk, but does not walk the walk when it comes to tackling this issue. Many institutions are still showing the warning signs that this problem does and will persist.
“Amherst Warns Students About Advances From Alumni”
“In preparation for homecoming weekend, Amherst College sent resident counselors an advisory e-mail that included a warning to watch out for alumni. “Keep an eye out for unwanted sexual advances,” the e-mail said, according to Newsweek. “A lot of alums come back for Homecoming pretty jaded with the bar scene and blind dating of the real world and are eager to take advantage of what they now perceive to be an ‘easy’ hook-up scene back at Amherst. Also, many alums tend to be pretty drunk all weekend long.””
“7 Women File Complaint Saying UConn Failed to Protect Them Against Assaults”

“Seven students and former students at the University of Connecticut filed a federal discrimination complaint on Monday, alleging that the university had failed to protect them from sexual assault on the campus and to respond adequately after they reported the assaults, The Courant, a newspaper in Hartford, Conn., reported”
Schools, please learn and fix this now because it is not going away on its own. I would like my daughter to have a safe environment when her time comes around, and I would like my son to have good examples of how men should behave (not sexist, just reality).
Keep our students safe!
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

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