A full time position ensuring Title IX compliance is long overdue, and it’s important to note Preudhomme’s history as a lawyer for ASU during three public Title IX lawsuits (2009, 2010, 2014) and both federal Title IX complaints under investigation by the Department of Education (2012, 2014).
“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.”
After negative media attention around Barrett Honors College faculty grooming and sexually abusing students, the Faculty Senate voted November 3, 2014 to overhaul ASU’s policy on romantic and sexual relationships between professors and students. The revised policy acknowledges such relationships create “an unacceptable risk of real or perceived coercion or exploitation of students by faculty” (ACD 402).
At least three Barrett Honors professors are no longer teaching at Arizona State University after their contracts were not renewed. FOX 10 uncovered a pattern of sexual relationships between students and professors within the honors college. Relationships that ultimately led to some professors leaving the University, and some students claiming sexual abuse.
Unfortunately, [Dr. Hunter’s] controversial dismissal has been left largely untouched by Barrett administration. Rumors buzzing and parental concerns rising, the spotlight is shining brightly on the college’s lack of acknowledgement.
Written by “Jane” and SDASA founder Jasmine Lester
Rape culture is deeply ingrained in Arizona State University’s Barrett Honors College, where professors sexually abuse students and the administration silences victims.
Jane felt let down by ASU and Barrett failing to educate students about consent and rape culture, specifically that a professor’s power over a student’s grades and future makes mutual consent to romantic or sexual activity impossible. When Dr. Hunter seduced Jane, she was unable to recognize that he was sexually abusing her. He even used a colleague’s well-known sexual encounters with students to his advantage, asking Jane’s opinion of professors sleeping with students to gauge her vulnerability to abuse.
This morning President Obama spoke at a press conference discussing survivor-activists’ call to address sexual violence on college campuses and Know Your IX (the national organization SDASA is part of) received a call from the White House thanking us for pushing for better federal enforcement of Title IX.
“Every college president who hasn’t been personally thinking about college sexual violence needs to go out in his community, find the person who deals with it and address it on their respective campus. If he doesn’t, I want students to ask the president why he isn’t and what he will do.”
“We owe debt and gratitude to the survivors and activists who are working now to see this end.”
President Barack Obama
Plaintiff Tasha Kunzi says she was the victim of retaliation after ending a “romantic relationship” with Dr. Travis Pratt, a professor in ASU’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
On December 11, 2013 sexual harassment victim Jasmine Lester attended a mandatory meeting with Arizona State University Chief of Human Resources, Kevin Salcido. Lester brought State Press reporter Nicholas P. Mendoza, and Salcido brought HR legal partner Sylvester Simons. The meeting occurred because of comments Lester made at ASU’s LGBTQA Community Dialogue, where she suggested all ASU employees receive LGBTQA sensitivity training. Lester was an employee of ASU at the time.
Lester cited an incident when Human Sexuality professor Lee Spencer (who keynoted the event) made inappropriate jokes and comments in class about Lester’s sexual orientation by referencing Lester’s sexual prowess as a lesbian and encouraging heterosexual male students to sexually harass Lester by asking for threesomes.
The conversation with Salcido then turned to the way ASU enables faculty who sexually harass and sexually abuse students, specifically professors leading Study Abroad trips at Barrett, The Honors College. Similar to the what we learned from the conversation with President Crow, the ASU administration does not care about taking .
On December 2, Sun Devils Against Sexual Assault students attended the “Changing the Face of Higher Education” town hall conversation with ASU President Michael Crow. Jasmine Lester, a victim of faculty sexual harassment, asked Crow about violations of Title IX and the administration’s enabling of professors who sexually harass and abuse students. It appears the only thing Crow takes seriously is gaslighting sexual harassment victims.