Response: KATU Story on UO’s Athletic Priorities

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UO-CESV Protest at the University of Oregon, Spring 2014

KATU’s recent report on sexual assault at the University of Oregon confirms our suspicions that administrators prioritized the needs of the basketball team over the safety of its students.

We are grateful to journalists in Oregon and nationally who are helping us shine a light on sexual violence on college campuses. Like KATU, members of UO-CESV have been struggling to get data about sexual assault at the University of Oregon. We remain concerned about inconsistencies in how reporting of sexual assaults are handled and our university administration’s continuing refusal to make public records concerning sexual assault on our campus.

With a new interim president and interim provost, we have the opportunity to move forward as a community – truthfully and transparently – in an effort to help us understand how and where our community has failed the young women who go to school here. We urge alumna of UO, faculty members, students, staff, and members of the broader Eugene community to join us in urging the leaders of our university to confront this problem directly and provide answers to a community that is increasingly appalled by the sexual violence that continues to take place on our campus and an administrative response that puts the economic interests of UO athletics above the safety and education of young women.

We are grateful to journalists in Oregon and nationally who are helping us shine a light on sexual violence on college campuses. In response to KATU’s recent report [add link], we remain concerned about inconsistencies in how reporting of sexual assaults are handled and our university administration’s continuing refusal to make public records concerning sexual assault on our campus. Moreover, addressing sexual violence on our campus should not mean hiring high-priced and ethically dubious firms like Brett Sokolov’s National Center for Higher Education Risk Management Group. Our university’s focus on risk management may be good for NCHERM’s business, but a risk management approach has not translated into effective prevention efforts or adequate funding for those.

With a new interim president and interim provost, we have the opportunity to move forward as a community – truthfully and transparently – in an effort to help us understand how and where our community has failed the young women who go to school here. We urge alumna of UO, faculty members, students, staff, and members of the broader Eugene community to join us in urging the leaders of our university to confront this problem directly and provide answers to a community that is increasingly appalled by the sexual violence that continues to take place on our campus.

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