Below is an article that I, Nico Vitti ’12, wrote and would like to share with the Wesleyan community. If you are not interested in reading the entire thing, here are my main questions about current university policy and protocol regarding professors who harass students:
Why is a student banned from knowing the outcome of an investigation of a professor who harassed them? Who is in charge of students’ physical and emotional safety in Wesleyan classrooms?
The article is below, and there’s more after the jump.
I was sexually harassed and discriminated against multiple times by a Wesleyan professor, and the administration has failed to follow through with my investigation or make me feel safe at Wesleyan.
Let me be clear: I’m writing and publishing this here on Wesleying because the greater Wesleyan community needs to know that the administration is completely unprepared to deal with a student’s reporting a professor for inappropriate behavior. Throughout the entire process of reporting the behavior and seeking justice, I have never wanted to place myself in opposition to Wesleyan’s administration. I love Wesleyan and have had rewarding relationships with many administrators in the past through activist projects and residential life programs. I would have liked to work with the administration, not against them. But the events of the past 6 months have made it impossible for me to stay silent about the way the administration has treated me since I severed my relationship with a professor who harassed me repeatedly over a period of two semesters.
On Wednesday the 25th, the last Queer Community Meeting of the year will be held at 200 Church at 7:30 PM. We will be discussing future renovations of the Queer Resource Center, debrief on April, reflect on the year, and plan future actions for next year. Please feel free to come by and share thoughts and opinions. There will probably be cookies.
Date: TOMORROW, Wednesday, April 25th
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Queer Community Meeting
On Thursday, April 26th, the infamous Sister Spit gang will be rolling through Beckham Hall at 8 pm for an amazing night of queer multi-media performances. Hosted by Michelle Tea, the night will feature poetry readings, music, videos, and other artistic shindigs by a variety of performers and writers including Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Brontez Purnell, Erin Markey, Cassie J Sneider, and Kit Yan.
Date: Thursday, April 26th
Time: 8 pm
Place: Beckham Hall
From Batman ’12:
Oh the weather outside is frightful, but Onomatopoeia is delightful!
Come enjoy a wintry mix of songs as part of this glorious weekend of Wescappella. We’re keepin it short and keepin it real, so take a study break with your favorite Onomatopoeians:
Meggie Twible ’12, Amelia Tatarian ’13, Marguerite Suozzo-Gole ’15, Avery Peyton ’15, Becca Snelling ’12, Hannah Davidman ’13, Gianya Breland ’14, Rosie Kelly ’15, Cara Tratner ’12, Genna DeGroot ’15, Rebecca Lange ’13, Joey Florento ’13
but seriously, is meow a word…or an onomatopoeia?
Date: TOMORROW, Sunday, Dec 11
Time: 8 pm
Place: Exley lobby, near Pi
Get ready: to have your mind blown
Have at it. Douglas is lookin’ fly, next to a fireplace. Pretty sure he has something to say. (Link is here in case the embed doesn’t work for you.)
From Douglas Cannon (yes, the cannon hirself emailed us):
DouglasCannon is back.
DouglasCannon wants to speak to you.
DouglasCannon says, come hither, and I’ve missed you, Wesleyan.
The Douglas Cannon has historically been a powerful symbol in Wesleyan history and has been involved in a variety of historical events and pranks around the country. For a short history, see Noel Garrett’s recent post on the Class of 2015 blog, and for more, see this online exhibit from Olin’s Special Collections and Archives. Douglas is going to be available to speak with Wesleyan students via video chat tonight, so start brainstorming questions you would like to ask a retired military weapon that has been an integral part of the history of your very own university.
Are you wondering, like me, why Douglas has chosen to come forward now? Do you think ze has some kind of role in the future of Wesleyan? Where do you think ze’ll be broadcasting from? Is ze just, like the rest of us, procrastinating starting hir final papers? Start discussing in the comments if you have ideas.
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 pm
Place: Your computer, wherever you are. Get in touch with a particularly animated piece of metal and the lore of Wesleyan!
Link: Will be posted later, as soon as Doug provides hir cyber whereabouts
From Batman ’12:
Stop by Exley Lobby at 7 pm on Saturday, November 5 and hear Onomatopoeia’s new and improved set list! We’ve got 5 new members to welcome, and would love for you to join! Def bring your parents.
Time: 7 pm
Place: Exley Lobby
Get ready: to jizz your pants
From Cory Meara-Bainbridge ’13:
Come join the lovely ladies of Women of Color House and Womanist House for some hand-decorated cupcakes, fantabulously delicious mocktails, music, dancing, talking and more! Dress to impress cause we sure will be. This Friday at 8:00PM @ Women of Color House (227 Pine Street – The big red house).
Place: WoCoHo (the big red barn on Pine St)