ASU rape culture timeline

History of rape culture at Arizona State University. To add your experience, email us.

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Ongoing federal investigation

ASU has been under federal investigation since 2012 for violating Title IX. SDASA’s Title IX complaint on behalf of multiple students was incorporated into the federal investigation in 2014, and several other Title IX complaints have been filed against ASU since then.

98% of sexual and domestic abusers reported to ASU are not charged with a crime or policy violation, and rapists are more likely to be convicted for rape they commit off campus than on campus. Continue reading

Title IX Coordinator conflict of interest

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).

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AZ Republic on federal investigation

A federal official confirmed this week that an investigation is ongoing into how Arizona State University has handled sexual-abuse allegations, and now, students want the probe broadened.

A former ASU student filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education on behalf of herself and a group of current and former students, asking the agency to expand its investigation into how the school responds to sexual harassment involving faculty and students and sexual assaults involving students.
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Petition targets Barrett sexual abuse

As federal investigators are looking into how ASU handles sexual violence and misconduct complaints, some students claim the university is turning a blind eye to a culture of sexual misconduct at the Barrett Honors College. The students say the problem goes beyond a couple professors sleeping with students. They go so far as to say it’s a way of life within the college, where faculty flirts, dates, gropes, and has sex with students without consequence. Continue reading

Obama on college rape epidemic

This morning President Obama spoke at a press conference discussing the Renewed Call to Address College Sexual Assault and Rape, and KnowYourIX received a call from the White House thanking #EDActNow for pushing for better federal enforcement of Title IX, and referred to our efforts as “instrumental” to the new Obama/Biden initiative against campus sexual violence. Quote from the press conference:

“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
SDASA hopes that this federal effort will encourage both the Department of Education and college administrations to take rape culture more seriously, and to deal with problems rather than cover them up.

USA Today on college rape culture

“Schools will hire Title IX coordinators … who will engage in institutional cover-ups. Schools have spent decades trying to hide their statistics.”

Jasmine Lester, a 2011 graduate of Arizona State University, experienced something like that first hand. “The Title IX coordinator fought with me and tried to dissuade me from filing my complaint,” says Lester. Continue reading