On the evening of May 3, The Peel published an anonymous letter from a Pitzer first-year student detailing her account of being drugged and raped at CMC. Her story was quickly disseminated and shared throughout the Claremont community.
Nyree Gray, Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Civil Rights Officer, sent an email out to CMC faculty, staff, and students regarding The Peel’s article. She reported that CMC is investigating the alleged incident based on the limited information available. Gray also noted that the administration is “very eager to get access to additional information that can assist us in our efforts.” She emphasized the resources available to students, including an Office of Civil Rights therapist and certified counselors at the EmPOWER center.
In addition, Gray included an email from Pitzer’s Vice President for Students Affairs, Brian Carlisle. Carlisle discussed that he is working closely with CMC to investigate this further.
“Coming forward is extraordinarily difficult and painful, but I am here to help the student who submitted the letter,” Carlisle said in his email.
He also included a link to CMCListens, a way to report anonymous information directly to “senior staff within the CMC department that would be responsible for following up on the report.”
This morning, ASCMC released a statement titled “Unacceptable Behavior in Our Community”:
“We are disgusted and disappointed by the alleged incident in Benson Hall and the multiple other recent allegations of sexual misconduct on our campus. This is the second email you have received from the Executive Board this semester concerning allegations of illegal and unethical behavior. This is two emails too many.” Additionally, the email provided a list of resources for “survivors of sexual assault, advocates, allies, as well as anyone with information about incidents of sexual misconduct or assault.”
Click here to read the email in full.
Click here for the Forum’s coverage of roofies at CMC.