List of ‘sexual assault violators’ written in Hamilton, Lerner, Butler bathrooms
Update: May 13 at 6:10 p.m.
In response to questions about the various lists over the past few days, a University spokesman sent the following statement to Spectator:
“To avoid chilling complainants from coming forward and to respect all parties involved, the University does not comment on the particulars of disciplinary proceedings regarding sexual misconduct. In addition, the University is mindful of the multiple federal laws that govern these matters and provide important protections to survivors of sexual violence and to students engaged in our investigative process. These laws and our constitutional values do not permit us to silence debate on the difficult issues being discussed.”
Spectator received an anonymous tip on May 7 that someone had written a list of alleged “sexual assault violators on campus” in the women’s bathroom on the fifth floor of Hamilton.
The photos, which you can check out after the jump, show a list of four students’ names. The names were each written in different handwriting styles, suggesting multiple authors. It is unclear whether the four named individuals were actually perpetrators of sexual assault, and if any sort of action has been or is being taken against them. Therefore, Spectator has blacked out the names in the photos.
The names were wiped away before Spectator could look at them in person. According to a University spokesperson, the University was made aware of the “graffiti” and facilities removed the list. As The Lion pointed out, the use of the word “graffiti” by University officials could be notable in that the University Rules of Conduct include a clause about “minor property damages” and New York state law has provisions for consequences for graffiti. The Lion post also says that the list was up for less than 24 hours before being removed.
The University spokesman declined to comment about any of the students on the list or whether there had been sanctions leveled against them. However, according to multiple anonymous sources, at least one person on the list was found responsible by the University for gender-based misconduct and is still on campus.
Update: May 12, 6:20 p.m.
Spectator received another tip late Monday afternoon with an image of a similar list, this time in a stall in the second-floor women’s bathroom in Lerner Hall. The list contains the same four names as the Hamilton one, but is titled “Rapists on Campus.” All names were written in the same style this time, suggesting one author. For the same reasons as stated above, Spectator has chosen to black out the names again. See below for the photo:
Update: May 12, 6:42 p.m.
When we went to check the list again for ourselves, it had already been wiped away. Spectator has reached out to the University for comment and will update when we hear back.
Update: May 13, 2:45 p.m.
Bwog reported Tuesday morning that two more lists had been written in the second-floor women’s bathroom and the fourth-floor women’s bathroom of Butler Library. Bwog reported that Public Safety had closed off the bathrooms with the lists.
Update: May 13, 3:12 p.m.
Spectator received several tips Tuesday afternoon that flyers with the same list of names were placed in bathrooms in Butler. One photo below was taken in the second-floor women’s bathroom near 209. The second was taken in another bathroom in Butler. As of this post, the bathrooms where these lists were posted are open, and it is unclear how many bathrooms received the flyers.
Update: 3:27 p.m.
Flyers have also been found in Lerner in the second-floor bathroom where the list was written yesterday afternoon.
If you have information about these lists or have seen others around campus, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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