I want the University to look out for my safety.
By now, everyone’s read the email, or glanced at it, or know what it says. Some of you have probably read Beta’s response on Facebook or, as I’m guessing will be the case, on one of the other pages of this Argus. They claim, after making what I can only believe is a heartfelt attack on sexual assault in general, that the original email was only a power play by the administration to try and get them back on campus.
Frankly, I don’t care. Power play or not, I want the University to tell when there are areas off-campus where students might be in greater danger. That’s information that can only help me and/or the people I’m with stay safe. This is especially true if there is evidence (as we’ve been told there is here) that the incident in question was not isolated. Anything less, and the University wouldn’t be doing their job.
Beta attacks the University for holding them to a different standard, for slandering their fraternity and its members; but I can’t help but find their implication that Dean Whaley should have kept sexual assault allegations quiet infinitely more despicable. As a student, I want the University to examine every allegation of sexual assault, on or off campus, and I want them to tell me exactly when they think I might be in danger. I would want them to tell me whether the allegations involved Beta, or the Cardinal’s Nest, or Indian Hill. With off campus sites, it’s the only way they can protect us, and the only way they can help us protect ourselves.
Dethier is a member of the class of 2012.