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AAUP Letter in Response to Threats to Student

On April 24, University of Connecticut student Carolyn Luby sent President Susan Herbst an open letter urging the administration to begin "communicating a zero-tolerance atmosphere" for sexual violence on campus, "increasing or vocalizing support to violence-against-women prevention efforts on campus in the face of such events, [and] increasing support to student run programs that seek to work with athletes on issues of violence as well as academic issues." Regrettably, in response to this request, Ms. Luby has herself received threats of sexual violence.

In response to these threats, the AAUP's Committee on Women in the Academic Profession sent President Herbst a letter and the Association's statement Campus Sexual Assault: Suggested Policies and Procedures. The letter highlighted observations and findings in the statement that may be relevant to the recent events at the University of Connecticut and urged the university to commit time and resources to the development of sound policies and procedures for managing sexual assault on campus.

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013