Petition for Mandatory Expulsion Policy of Sexual Assault Perpetrators @LU
We the students, alumni and families of students of Lawrence university, demand a mandatory expulsion policy for student perpetrators of sexual assault. We believe that a mandatory expulsion policy will aid in the safety and protection of all students. We are advocating not only for the safety of the whole student body, but for the protection and well-being of survivors of rape and sexual assault. Too frequently survivors feel pressure not to make their cases public and therefore there are continued - and likely very traumatic - interactions on campus between the survivor and the perpetrator on campus.
The current policy states that if a student is found in violation of Lawrence's sexual misconduct policy, punishment could range from suspension to expulsion.
Regardless of the many cases in which the perpetrator has been found in violation of the policy, we are not aware of any expulsions. Moreover, we believe that any perpetrator of sexual assault does not deserve a second chance as a student at Lawrence. We feel that a mandatory expulsion policy for perpetrators of sexual assault will result in three main outcomes: 1. Survivors will feel safer on campus knowing that they will not have to face their attacker, 2. In general, the whole student body will be safer, and 3. In future cases of sexual assault, the survivors will feel more protected by the school's policy, resulting in more reports of assaults.