UA Committed to Fighting Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination

By Robbins, Robert C. | AZ Daily Star, March 14, 2018 | Go to article overview

UA Committed to Fighting Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination


Robbins, Robert C., AZ Daily Star


Colleges and universities across the United States are challenged by incidents of sexual assault, relationship violence, sexual harassment and discrimination. The University of Arizona is no different.

In recent months, the university has become party to lawsuits that include concerning allegations. The university stands ready to respond appropriately to the allegations in these lawsuits throughout the legal process. We cannot engage in a fully transparent public discussion regarding specific reports of sexual misconduct involving students or employees. We have an ironclad obligation to comply with federal student-confidentiality laws and the constitutional privacy interests of our students, staff and faculty.

Much has been written and discussed regarding the university's prevention efforts and response to Title IX issues, and some have even questioned our commitment to our students, faculty and staff, and our pursuit of the truth. I can tell you that we do care, that we are responsive, and that we must continue to seek ways to improve in these areas.

We must strive for excellence in our education, training and enforcement, knowing that although we may fall short of perfection, excellence is the standard. To that end, I insist that the University of Arizona raise the bar and become the exemplar for how an institution cultivates a culture that rejects sexual assault, relationship violence, sexual harassment and discrimination, and one that sets a new standard for response and support.

Sexual misconduct, relationship violence and any other form of discrimination are not tolerated at the University of Arizona. While we cannot guarantee that incidents will not happen, it is a top priority for us to do all we can within our roles as educators and employers to prevent them. …

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