Letter to the Editor: We demand their resignation, a transparent external review of the presidential search process

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the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program

To OSU students, faculty, and staff:

As faculty in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, we affirm our solidarity with survivors of sexual assault and harassment at OSU and elsewhere. OSU has repeatedly failed survivors, and, as we now know, the hiring of President Alexander is one more example of that failure. We recognize that the recent news about Alexander’s actions at LSU may be traumatizing for survivors, and OSU has a responsibility to increase support for survivors immediately.

WGSS supports survivors and demands that our community not reproduce and excuse violence.

We call for Alexander’s resignation. Furthermore, we call for the resignation of the Board of Trustees and a transparent and thorough external review of the search process that led to President Alexander’s hiring. Complete transparency and full community participation in hiring of senior administrators is the only way to ensure that OSU will not repeat these same mistakes and continue to retraumatize survivors in our community.

We call for the university to fund and fully staff the SARC, EOA, CAPS, and EAPs, and to make the changes to the bias reporting process that students, faculty, and staff are currently demanding because it has repeatedly failed to prevent and address race and gender-based discrimination. Alexander’s claim that what happened at LSU could not happen at OSU because of OSU’s policies is false. OSU must commit to substantial changes to its institutional priorities and policies.

We express our solidarity with other faculty, staff, and students as they demand that OSU enact the changes in leadership and institutional policy and resource allocation that will make OSU a model of appropriate response to gendered violence and institutional complicity. 

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Oregon State University

The full letter can be found on the WGSS website.

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