“If we really want to solve the problem of rape culture on campus, there needs to be awareness, accountability and enforcement. It should be like plagiarism. If you plagiarize, you get expelled. People need to know if you rape someone, you will be expelled if you’re a student and fired if you’re a teacher.” – SDASA founder, Jasmine Lester.
“ASU’s promotion of self-defense classes as an appropriate response to sexual assault reeks of victim blaming and shows the school’s blatant refusal to take responsibility for an issue that it is required to address under federal law.”
“To put it bluntly, ASU students are not part of your dating pool.”
Helene Ossipov, ASU Faculty Senate President
The Arizona State University Senate is voting Nov. 3 to overhaul the school’s policy on intimate relationships between professors and students (ACD 402). The proposed strike-all acknowledges that the imbalance of power between educators and students inherently compromises a student’s ability to consent to such relationship, regardless of a student’s willingness.
In 2015, Barrett professor Jacquie Scott Lynch took legal action against Sun Devils Against Sexual Assault founder Jasmine Lester to silence the organization. Dr. Lynch is still employed despite multiple sexual harassment complaints against her currently under federal investigation.
Since the launch of our petition and the filing of our Title IX complaint 3 more Barrett Honors professors are no longer on campus, bringing the total of sexual predators removed from Barrett to 5 (including Joel Hunter, Eric Susser and Dave Conz). There are still reported sexual predators employed by Barrett who are teaching freshman Human Event seminars and/or leading Study Abroad, including Dr. Jacquelyn Scott Lynch.