Student forced off school blog because someone labeled him a ‘rapist’ on a bathroom wall

Kaitlyn Schallhorn

Total Shares
This is the CRO SBAR

  • Fliers purportedly listing four "rapists" have been appearing in stalls in women's restrooms on Columbia University's campus
  • A writer for Bwog, an independent, student-run blog, was among the listed names. Bwog asked for and received that writer's resignation.
  • The mysterious and incessant lists of alleged rapists popping up all over Columbia University’s campus have already had an effect.

    The fliers, proclaiming “RAPISTS ON CAMPUS,” lists four names, one of which was apparently a staff writer for Bwog, an independent, student-run campus blog. Since the lists garnered media attention, editors at the news site have asked for the staff member’s resignation.

    “Our decision does not reflect a position on the innocence or guilt of this former staff member, nor does it comment on, take position on, support, implicitly or explicitly, any allegations of fact or law made against such person.”   

    “On May 7, allegations that a member of our staff had violated Columbia University’s Gender Based Misconduct policy were brought to our attention by an anonymous tip,” a statement released from Bwog Tuesday night said. “As a reiteration of our continued work against rape culture, we have taken steps to ensure that the makeup of Bwog’s staff, without question, reflects this. Accordingly, we asked this staffer to permanently and immediately resign from their position, and they agreed.”

    The distributed lists of names labeled three persons “found ‘responsible’ by the University” and one “serial rapist.” It is not clear which of these was the staff member.

    Despite asking for the writer’s resignation, Bwog says it is not presuming the writer’s innocence or guilt.

    “Our decision does not reflect a position on the innocence or guilt of this former staff member, nor does it comment on, take position on, support, implicitly or explicitly, any allegations of fact or law made against such person,” the statement reads.

    Columbia University currently faces 23 federal complaints by students who claim the university violated the Clery Act and Title IX by failing to handle allegations of sexual assault on campus.

    The writings on the bathroom walls were labeled “graffiti” by university officials, meaning whoever wrote the names could be held accountable by the university for vandalism and destruction of school property. However, a university spokesperson declined to comment on the writing or the fliers, instead issuing a vague general statement.

    “To avoid chilling complaints from coming forward and to respect all parties involved, the University does not comment on the particulars of disciplinary proceedings regarding sexual misconduct,” Robert Hornsby emailed Campus Reform. “In addition, the University is mindful of the multiple federal laws that govern these matters and provide important protections to survivors of sexual violence and to students engaged in our investigative process. These laws and our constitutional values do not permit us to silence debate on the difficult issues being discussed.”

    Follow the author of this article on Twitter: @katie0509

    Kaitlyn Schallhorn

    Kaitlyn Schallhorn


    Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a reporter with Campus Reform. Prior to joining Campus Reform, Kaitlyn was a reporter at Red Alert Politics and covered business and restaurants for the Alexandria Times.  

    More By Kaitlyn Schallhorn


    @freedomgirl2011 - 1 hour ago

    Massive protest fails to stop tuition hikes at University of California #OWSLA

    Mistress Alexa
    @MistressAlexa - 2 hours ago

    After recently allowing transgender students to enroll, All-women’s college offers sex toy training via @campusreform

    Ted Torok
    @SlowDownandLove - 2 hours ago

    @campusreform All young Americans must watch this Truth video "Why TRUTH-LOVE-HAPPINESS are conscious choices."

    Irene Starkehaus
    @starkehaus - 2 hours ago

    Dartmouth student: America must ‘fix free speech’ with censorship via @campusreform

    @4thCaller - 2 hours ago

    @campusreform @K_Schallhorn the good old "kill whitey" kind of anti-racism...

    Ken Meyer
    @FAQSMAN - 3 hours ago

    @campusreform @K_Schallhorn Someone should tell these students that "brown" are Caucasians. Study some Biology instead of Lib garbage!

    Max Sutherburg
    @Max_Sutherburg - 3 hours ago

    @campusreform The ultimate hookup: Feigned outrage & pseudo righteous indignation. @K_Schallhorn

    Cassandra du Telle
    @CassDuTelle - 3 hours ago

    POiSON'ed ivy "students" Should! ALL ! BEe S H O T w/Their Handz-HeLd-Up!," ...To SAVE AMERICA's F u t u r e @campusreform @K_Schallhorn

    @p9cker_girl - 3 hours ago

    @campusreform @K_Schallhorn I wonder if Jews are included cuz we have always been persecuted throughout history by every race

    Latest 30 Articles