Al Jazeera runs expose on University of Kansas boozing, hookup culture

Timothy Dionisopoulos
Former Reporter

Students at the University of Kansas were upset with the portrayal of the campus drinking and hookup culture in a recent Al Jazeera documentary. Photo Credit: Al Jazeera

Administrators at the University of Kansas (KU) have condemned a group of students who appeared in an Al Jazeera television special last week partying, drinking, and giving graphic details on the school's hookup culture. 

"Unfortunately, this small group went on camera to demonstrate their dangerous drinking and attitudes toward sexual consent," Tammara Durham, the KU vice provost for student affairs told a local television station.

In the special titled, "What role does college partying play in sexual assault?" an Al Jazeera reporter and camera crew followed a group of KU students around campus houses and parties. 

At least one of the students involved in the story, meanwhile,  has claimed their responses were taken out of context and that they were misled by the Al Jazeera team. 

"We were absolutely under false impressions on what the video was going to be about," said Arthur, a student involved in the story, told KCTV5 in an interview last Thursday.

"By no means do I think sexual assault is a funny topic. I've had friends that have been victims of things like that. I think it's absolutely disgusting. If I could take back the comments that were said or at least change them in a way I would've expressed them in a sober manner, I absolutely would," Arthur added.

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Timothy Dionisopoulos

Timothy Dionisopoulos

Former Reporter
Tim Dionisopoulos is a former reporter for Campus Reform and communications editor in the Leadership Institute's Campus Leadership Program. Tim joined Campus Reform in the summer of 2011, and his stories were cited or re-posted on the Daily Mail, the Drudge Report, Fox News, and other national media outlets. Tim graduated in 2011 from Providence College in Rhode Island where he was politically active on campus and in the community.
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