Roosevelt's President issued a response to the recent sexual assault that happened on campus.
From President Middleton:
December 7, 2012
Zero Tolerance for Sexual Assault
I am writing today about sexual assault, a crime that tragically occurs
frequently on college campuses across our country. At Roosevelt a
number of students and others have been speaking up about this
deplorable act. I commend them for calling attention to this serious
issue. In the true spirit of our University, they are advocating for
people who have been victimized by other members of our society.
During my 40 years in higher education as a professor, dean, provost
and president, I have always enforced a zero-tolerance policy for sexual
assault and all forms of violence. College campuses should be free from
the violence of the outside world. Yet, nationally one in four women
will be the victim of a sexual assault during her academic career.
Roosevelt is not immune from that reality, so we have a special
obligation, with a record number of students living on campus, to be
vigilant and caring.
Roosevelt complies with the federal Clery
Act. Once a crime is reported to the University, if the perpetrator is
unknown and there may be a risk to the campus community, we issue timely
notifications. These alerts contain as much information about the
suspect as possible and include information that would promote safety
and aid in the prevention of similar crimes. We hold training sessions
on sexual assault protocols for employees, including resident assistants
and campus safety personnel, and provide information to students during
new student orientation and through ongoing education and workshops
offered by the Counseling Center, Campus Safety and Residence Life. Next
fall, attendance at the session on safety and sexual violence will be
mandatory for new students.
Students also need to support one
another and make it clear that unacceptable behavior will not be
tolerated. If they know of someone who has been assaulted, they should
encourage the student to seek immediate help from Residence Life or
Campus Safety at any time of the day or night. The University has
experienced and trained counselors and safety officers who will provide a
caring response to the victims of a crime and offer referrals and
services to meet all of their physical and emotional needs. And we
always enforce strict codes of conduct and cooperate with the local
police in their investigation.
Please do not be silent about
sexual assault. It is not a crime of passion and lust, it is a crime of
violence. As many as 80% of all assaults involve acquaintances. An
assailant might be someone you know quite well and may even be a friend
or a coworker.
I know this is a difficult subject, but it is a
serious issue that commands the attention of all of us, and so I urge
you to discuss this issue at home, at work and in the classroom and to
be an advocate against sexual violence here at Roosevelt and everywhere
else. In order for our students and employees to be safe, we need
everyone to be vigilant and to provide support when they know of someone
who needs help. Thank you for taking a stand against sexual violence.
Chuck Middleton President firstname.lastname@example.org