Spotlight on Campus Responses to Rape Puts Presidents in a Bind

Spotlight on Campus Responses to Rape Puts Presidents in a Bind 1

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Susan Herbst, president of the U. of Connecticut, strongly defended her institution last month after seven current and former students criticized its response to allegations of sexual assault. She and other campus leaders are discovering that as much as students want action, they are equally attuned to tone.

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Susan Herbst, president of the U. of Connecticut, strongly defended her institution last month after seven current and former students criticized its response to allegations of sexual assault. She and other campus leaders are discovering that as much as students want action, they are equally attuned to tone.

When seven current and former students at the University of Connecticut filed a federal complaint last month alleging that the university had failed to protect them from sexual assault, the response from the president there was brusque.

"Astonishingly misguided and demonstrably untrue," the president, Susan Herbst, deemed the allegations in remarks to the Board of Trustees. "I completely reject the notion that UConn somehow doesn't care about these all-important issues, because