Ok I am REALLY PISSED OFF RIGHT NOW because this just came out about my alma mater:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/01/joh...
I graduated last year. This happened while I was a student, and I was not told.
In my time at hopkins I got security notice emails about all kinds of things - from muggings, to 'stolen' laptops that were recovered in the owner's office days later. I got an email when a student was sexually assaulted by a non-student (who happened to be a black man hmmm...) off campus. I got an email when a house was broken into. I got these emails at least once a week while I was at hopkins. Everyone always asked me if Baltimore was dangerous and I said no, because 9 out of 10 of these e-mails concerned an event that happened off campus. JHU was a safe area, we just had to be cautious if we were farther off campus in the 'sketchier' areas - common sense stuff living in a city.
But when a group of JHU students were accused of gang rape? no email.
You know what this makes me want to do? It makes me want to tell everyone I know to stay the fuck away from JHU. It makes me want to warn young women against going to any college that has been reported for title IX violations.
I may be a minority in this - but i'm beginning to worry that by mishandling rape and sexual assault cases so blatantly and constantly, universities are sending the message to women that we are not welcome. If this bullshit continues, I can see more women choosing single-sex institutions in the future. and i can't say i blame them.
Personally, I had a good 4 years at hopkins. I never had any problems that involved the administration; I felt like I was supported by my peers and professors. But I will not be donating (not that i have any $$ to give them ahahaha) and I will not be supporting them in ANY way until they fix this.
How is it that in 2013 a dean can tell a student that she shouldn't report her assault because NO ONE HAS EVER BEEN PUNISHED FOR IT BEFORE? If that's not a reason to report and actually punish someone and set a better precedent then I don't know what is.
In fact, I remember thinking that I was glad that our Dean of Students was a woman. I thought that she would be better about this. I was stupid.
I feel terrible too because I knew this was an issue on other campuses, and I knew that hopkins was shady - when 1 in 4 women will be raped in college but JHU reported 0 sexual assaults every year I knew something was up - but until now I didn't really get it.
The JHU administration put me and every female student in danger when they didn't report this to the student body. I'm ashamed that it took my personal safety being challenged to make me think about this more deeply.
The main point I wanted to make is that I am worried that this behavior from university administrations is going to push women off campuses and out of higher education. And that is not ok.