In October 2013, the University of Connecticut was sued by multiple women, as a Title IX complaint was also filed against UConn. (Text of the lawsuit filled by several women against UConn has been posted by the CT Mirror.)
A timeline of recent developments regarding sexual assault or harassment cases at UConn since that time can be found here, in order of recent events to past events. (Updated 1/25/2015) For the policy responses in progress, feel free to follow the Governmental Response Timeline as well.
The CT State Legislature’s Office of Legislative Research published statistics on UConn’s Student Code Violations using UConn’s own information as a baseline. (September) (The statistics however only connect punishment and cause of punishment for suspensions and expulsions, so it is unclear how many who commit sexual misconduct get punishment below suspension or expulsion.)
Pre-college talks now include rape warnings (CT Post 8/14/14)
UConn has been mentioned in numerous national articles.
In July UConn settled the lawsuit with several individuals suing them. The coverage was vast. Opinions also came in from many sides.
Manchester Journal Inquirer editor Chris Powell published a column in multiple papers noting that no one was held accountable. (Though some of his conclusions about human nature and how women act I strongly disagree with.)
Coach Linstad who kicked a hockey player off her team after being told she had been raped, and later resigned. (Not necessarily connected events but that is the timeline.) Now coaches youth soccer. (Patch)
In the university’s other sex scandal, Dean Woods claimed the university scapegoated him and that he did notify other university officials including President Austin, Provost Nicholls, and Police Chief Hudd. (Courant 7/7/2014)
Robert Miller, the faculty member accused of sexual misconduct retired a with pension rather than be terminated. (Courant, May 14,2014) Dean Woods plans to sue the state claiming he was made scapegoat. (Courant, May 13, 2014)
UConn was hit with more bad press after the Department of Education released the full list of 55 schools under Title IX investigation for sexual assault issues. (May, 2014) The Courant noted UConn’s presence on the list……as did WSHU.
Professor Robert Miller Sexual Misconduct Report
UConn issued The Robert Miller Sexual Misconduct Case Report came out on February 26th. A WNPR report outlined the issues “”The report by Special Counsel finds credible evidence that UConn music professor Robert Miller engaged in serious misconduct with minors, including molesting children 20 years ago at the Hole in the Wall Gang camp. He’s also believed to have provided alcohol to underage university students, to have taken students on trips to a Vermont cabin, and to have had inappropriate contact with several UConn students.” WNPR (2-27) It also went on to say university officials were made aware of many of these issues throughout this time, but that police were not brought in.
The Aftermath Continued
- A DC editorial noted progress made by Herbst’s task force. (Daily Campus 2-17-14)
- The Daily Campus Editorial Staff called on students not administrators to act to end the rape trail name. (2-16-2014)
- The DC ran an article saying the task force set up by Herbst was slow to enact change. (Daily Campus, 2-14-14)
- The DC’s editorial board called for a procedure to report rape on campus and for the resources open to students to be more heavily advertised. (Daily Campus, 2-5-14)
UConn filed a formal denial of the suit in February 2014. (Daily Campus 2-3-2014) AP Courant
UConn Chief O’Connor reported that she expected a fine for crime reporting issues in late January. (1-29-14-The Day) UConn was out of compliance with the Cleary Act, Chief O’Connor says she has corrected the problem. Presumably left to her by former Chief Hudd.
At the end of the year the DC recounted numerous sexual assaults that had occurred in 2013. (Daily Campus, 12-30-2013)
In December a former UConn hockey player joined the federal suit against UConn. (12/20/13-Hartford Courant) After saying she was raped, she was urged to transfer by an athletics staff member and thrown off the team by her coach (who has since resigned).
Malloy said UConn must change during in mid December. (12/23/2013-Hartford Courant/WNPR)
The U.S. Department of Ed eventually agreed to investigate UConn (AP reported this though the article is down)
The Daily Campus Editorial Board called for campus offices to better communicate since athletics and the police department disagreed on whether the football coach had been informed a of charges against an athlete. (Daily Campus, 11-17-13)
The University Herald wrote on the same issue “UConn Domestic Assault Witness Told: ‘If You Feel Unsafe, Then You Shouldn’t Say Anything At All'” (11-14-13) (Note I have included this article to exemplify UConn administrative responses to complaints of both types.)
Huffington Post recounted how a domestic assault case (though not sexual assault) led a university official to suggest the person assaulted “join a women’s group because they’ll do something about it. (11-13-13) (Note I have included this article to exemplify UConn administrative responses to complaints of both types.)
The Legislative Hearing
On November 13th, 2013, the CT State Legislature held a hearing on the sexual assault issue at UConn and other universities.
Recaps of the hearing itself follow below:
- The Immediate Aftermath
- A Daily Campus Columnist criticized UConn for putting image ahead of students. (11-7-2013)
- In the wake of the lawsuit, UConn’s former football coach disputed that he knew that a player on his team had been charged with sexual assault. The University Police responded they had definitely told him. (11-6-13)
- Kevin Duffy noted the overall issue in college athletics and the specific UConn issue. (11-3-2013)
- The lawsuit was formally filed in Federal Court and attorneys and students had a chance to respond to President Herbst’s statements. (Huffington Post, 11-1-2013)
Students rallied to support the complainants in late October. (Hartford Courant 10-30-2013) CT Mirror Coverage (10-31-2013)
The university was defended in part by the Manchester Journal Inquirer’s Chris Powell (Journal Inquirer 10-28-2013)
UConn cited privacy as a major obstacle to addressing the complaints publicly. (CT Mirror, 10-24-2013)
President Herbst’s Response
Soon afterward UConn President Susan Herbst responded to the allegations in a manner that drew major criticism. (Hartford Courant,10-23-13) Including from state legislators and the Governor. (CT Mirror, 10-24-13) Students also reacted to Herbt’s statement. (Daily Campus, 10-25-13)
Just a sampling of the criticism of Herbst is collected below:
DC staffer Imaani Cain wrote a column entitled simply “Victim Blaming: Enough is Enough. (Daily Campus 10-22-13)
On October 21, 2013, Gloria Allred announces UConn will be facing Title IX complaint for failing to protect several women she represented. (WFSB)
This drew support and skepticism in the campus community. (Hartford Courant)
Literally the same day, The Daily Campus editorial board decried the perpetuation of rape culture on campuses. (10-21-2013)