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Open Letter to Occidental College

Open Letter to Occidental College

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Published by Larry Hogue
May 11 Update: The letter has now been sent and signatures are closed. But you can still support our cause, whether or not you're a parent or alum of Occidental, by signing our new petition at Change.org.
http://www.change.org/petitions/occidental-college-clean-up-your-act-on-sexual-assault

An open letter to the Occidental College community from alumni and parents demanding changes to the college's sexual assault policies. It will be sent to the college administration on May 10.

If you are an alum or parent of a student at Occidental College, you can sign on by sending your name and class year (or class year of your student if you're a parent) to: oxyletter@gmail.com.

This letter was the work of nine Oxy alumni and one parent.
May 11 Update: The letter has now been sent and signatures are closed. But you can still support our cause, whether or not you're a parent or alum of Occidental, by signing our new petition at Change.org.
http://www.change.org/petitions/occidental-college-clean-up-your-act-on-sexual-assault

An open letter to the Occidental College community from alumni and parents demanding changes to the college's sexual assault policies. It will be sent to the college administration on May 10.

If you are an alum or parent of a student at Occidental College, you can sign on by sending your name and class year (or class year of your student if you're a parent) to: oxyletter@gmail.com.

This letter was the work of nine Oxy alumni and one parent.

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(Note: We sent this letter to the Occidental administration on May 10, 2013.

You can still support our efforts by signing our new public petition at Change.org. It's open to anyone concerned about the sexual assault epidemic at colleges around the country.) Open Letter to the Occidental Community from Alumni and Parents May 10, 2013 We, the undersigned Occidental College alumni and parents, are dismayed at the abhorrent climate around sexual assault at our beloved institution. At the same time, we realize this is not a new problem, but one that has long needed remedy. While we are heartened by recent steps to change policies and practices regarding sexual misconduct, we remain deeply disturbed that the administration displayed a lack of concern until students and faculty filed two federal complaints. We join with the faculty (Open Letter to the Occidental Community, May 1, 2013) in reaffirming the right of all students to live, work, and study on a safe campus where equity prevails. Along with the faculty, we recognize and commend the courageous efforts of the members of the Occidental community who are working to ensure that sexual harassment, sexual battery, sexual assault and rape have no place in our community. We agree with the Occidental Sexual Assault Coalition (OSAC) that there must be changes to the sexual assault policies, there must be procedural integrity in hearing board cases, there must be additional resources for sexual assault and rape survivors, and there must be significant, on-going sexual harassment, battery, assault, and rape education for all students, administration, staff, faculty, parents, and alumni. Specifically, we support OSAC's recommendation that survivors should be encouraged to report incidents of sexual assault to campus authorities and the local police. We expect when such a report is made that the Oxy administration will respond seriously, sensitively, and expeditiously, and that the manner of this response will be spelled out in policy. Furthermore, we expect that appropriate steps will be taken to protect the person making the report from any perceived and/or real threats related to the reported incident. As alumni and parents, we also expect that Oxy's administration will work cooperatively with any police investigation of a sexual assault on campus. We support OSAC's recommendation that Oxy establish a set list of adjudication options. We additionally request that the policy match specific violations to specific adjudication options. In the past, administrators have exercised too much discretion as to what types of actions constitute a threat to the campus community. Most important, to ensure the safety and well-being of assault survivors and the general student body, we demand that any student found to have violated the school's policy against rape be expelled and not allowed to graduate.

'13 Mac Bakewell Parent. Many students have been harmed at Occidental College. Sincerely. we request that the President of the College make regular progress reports on the above actions to alumni and parents via the following venues: ● ● ● ● The Occidental Magazine The Occidental College website's For Parents and Alumni pages. Cheryl Allain-Mee Parent. on study abroad. on probation. We support OSAC's recommendation for a regular report on sexual assaults both onand off-campus. Care for the safety and well-being of all Oxy students should be the administration's top priority. '15 . sexual battery. we are deeply disappointed in the leadership shown by the current college administration. '83 Chris and Karen Baer Parents. and request that this report also be distributed to alumni and parents. It is unacceptable to us that it took so many years of requests from faculty and students – and finally two federal complaints – to make this issue a top priority for college officials. sexual assault and rape and hold the Occidental administration accountable in achieving these goals. Lisa Allen. we expect this administration to issue a formal and public apology to everyone who has suffered because of its inaction. suspended. as alumni and parents. While nothing will change that fact. not just the President's page Alumni letter distributed to the alumni email list Parent letter distributed to the parent email list Finally. '10 and '13 Dr. or on exchange to or from another institution. We vow to work constructively and tirelessly to transform the policies and underlying culture of Occidental College toward the elimination of sexual harassment. on a leave of absence. To ensure that Oxy rapidly addresses its sexual assault problem.We recommend that Oxy's sexual assault policies make clear that they apply to all students who are currently enrolled.

'83 Diana Birney. '14 Barry Drake. '79 Tom Dougherty. '82 Jennifer Brainerd.Christina Bauman. '11 Zina Bleck. '12 Kathy Cooper-Ledesma. '85 Chelsea Duncan. '92 Christine Chang. '86 Dennis and Amy Clayton Parents. '84 Nina Dooley. '97 John and Pat Bringenberg Parents. '12 . '82 Dennis Dauber Parent. '14 Emily Dion. '83 Lauren and John Doyel Parents. '14 Kate Dauber Parent. '14 Jerven Carter. 2014 Sydney Coleman. '08 Lourdes Olivas Brown. ‘92 Kristin Brown.

'15 Natalya Gibbs. '13 Christina (Tappan) Forst. '84 Larkin Grant. Jr. '12 Kristina Filipovich. '11 Athena Galanis Parent. LMFT. '83 Elizabeth Furth. '15 Veronica Goldstein.. '12 Elias Gonzalez. '83 Tim Eby-McKenzie.Ann Dusenberry. '74 Julie (McKenzie) Eby-McKenzie. '86 John and Laurie Egbert Parents. '12 Monica Girgenti Parent. '12 . '15 Lou and Heather Galanis Grandparents. '01 Kaycee Felton-Lui. '97 Jane Freudenberger. '97 Erica Fishman. '04 Sarah Farahat. '84 Maxine Fookson Parent.

'14 Michael Brennan Kane. '10 Karlene Johnson. '81 Allegra (Kramer) Heidelinde. '10 and '12 Beatriz A. '92 Shannon Hurley.D. '83 Margaret Haase Former UEPI Staff Eliza Hall and Mark Mrohs Parents. '86 Michael Greenslade Parent. '02 Joanne Guarnieri. '83 Eric Kessel . '14 Laura Hardyman. M.Kirk Graves. '83 Deevy Holcomb. Gronert & Brian Gronert. '13 Sandra (Schmitz) Hay. '84 Michael and Jacquelyn Hartney Parents. '15 Nancy Griffin Parent. '87 Kathleen Jures Parent. '93 Larry Hogue. Parents. '13 Sarah (McDowell) Groshell.

'84 Joo Ae Lippe-Klein. '15 Julia McDermott. '83 Melissa (Lostaunau) Mann. '86 Joe Krovoza. '01 Katharine Kroeber. '85. '15 Therese Lentz. 2015 Joan Kessel Grandparent. and Janet Krovoza Parents. '14 Rodrigo Lazo. '04 and '15 Sezin Rajandran Koehler. '72 Kathleen (Horton) Mahan. '17 Lee Lashway Parent. '86 Lisa Lee Parent. '13 Christine Ludwiszewski. '06 Carrie Liston. '83 Brian McGrane. '13 and '15 Liz Landon Parent. '01 Bret Logan Parent. '06 . '88 Parent. '81 Beth McEldowney.Parent.

'78 Summer Ogata. Parent. '15 Molly Rhodes. '89 Doug O'Connor Oxy Summer Drama Festival member. '94 Brannon Naito. '83 Robyn Miranda and Adrian Rosenthal Parents. '14 Rebecca Montgomery. '84. '80. '11 & '14 . '85 Patrick O'Connor. '83 Benjamin Potash.Alex McNear. '10 and '13 Chris Melendez. '08 Mark Ong. '98 Theresa & William Resch Parents. '88 Beth Riley. '76 Alison Pentland. '11 Eric S. '89 Clayton Perry. '83 David Mee Parent. Perlman. '10 Caitlin Nass. '05 Claire Petersky.

'93 Norena Thompson Parent. '13 Giovanni Saarman. Salter. (Clanton) Sten-Clanton. '80 Anita Whang. '12 Laurie and Mark Roth Parents. '13 Marina Rosenthal. '90 Amanda Shaffer. '11 Suzanne (Baker) Sotelo. '10 Gwen Gray Schwarts. '02 Monique (Wolff) Simmer. '82 Alexander W. '93 Mary L. '14 Stephanie (Fulks) Westerman. '81 Suzy Simon. Willcox.Loren Roberts. '81 Alice Tejada. '12 Jose Salcedo. '83 Cindy Wolf. '91 Rob & Diane Rodriguez Parents. '92 Diane E. '89 . '15 Ned Rosch Parent.

Pepper Hamilton. Dean of the College Erica O'Neal Howard. Assistant Vice President for Alumni Engagement Carl Botterud. Vice President of Student Affairs Jorge Gonzalez. '12 Carl Zack and Andrea Cohen Parents. Vice President of Academic Affairs. '14 Leslie Zane and Larry Crosby Parents.Ellen Woolfson Parent. President. Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs Jeff Dennis. '12 Kenda Woolfson. General Counsel/Former Executive Director of Alumni Relations Barbara Avery. '13 cc: Board of Trustees Jonathan Veitch. LLP . Alumni Board of Governors Associated Students of Occidental College Occidental Sexual Assault Task Force Oxy Sexual Assault Coalition Occidental Weekly Gina Maisto Smith & Leslie Gomez. President Tyler Reich. '94.

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