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

Kaitlyn Schallhorn
Reporter

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

    Reporter

    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


    LATEST TWEETS

    Right Wing Tactical
    @ThePatriotPX - 21 min ago

    @campusreform All aboard the Patriot Train! Visit us at http://t.co/xay67g3dAc or http://t.co/MBeEIMrSAA Freedom Baby...Let it Ring!

    Patricia Spork
    @sporkette - 24 min ago

    You can't make fun of terrorists at the U. of Minnesota http://t.co/Zqrzab0O5f via @campusreform via @DRUDGE_REPORT

    Kenneth A. Lee
    @nousernameneed - 35 min ago

    @campusreform Must be Islamic! Just another Jihad member.

    Peter Allen
    @pcallen1 - 41 min ago

    More absurdity from academia. "You can't make fun of terrorists at the U. of Minnesota" http://t.co/0pqLnvQ56b via @campusreform

    I'm Ur Huckleberry
    @BringTheFlag - 59 min ago

    AUDIO: Student gov't attacks campus carry advocate, blasts him as 'homophobic' and 'racist' http://t.co/xfrn3kvY8h via @campusreform

    J. Lance Walker
    @Bullitt3309 - 59 min ago

    Lol...You can't make fun of terrorists at the U. of Minnesota http://t.co/aNaBm4YQMC via @campusreform

    §ÜZϺº¹???
    @SuZiSauSyTweetS - 1 hour ago

    @campusreform @MHarrisPerry @Cornell Hope the "whooping" was worth his life, can't fix stupid!

    Leighton
    @vlr254 - 1 hour ago

    You can't make fun of terrorists at the U. of Minnesota http://t.co/8DHFSbHP2R via @campusreform

    Marie von Astra
    @marievonastra - 1 hour ago

    @campusreform @LadyBGood_de Liberal tolerance hard at work - unfairly targeting others. Humane hearts, quickened minds know better.

    Brent Smith
    @Smithstoreithsv - 2 hours ago

    @campusreform Check the increase in the Suicide Rate for the #young people in certain states they don't report that increase #PreventSuicide

    Latest 30 Articles