The American Association of University Professors wrote a letter to UConn President Susan Herbst, joining a debate on sexual violence on campus that was sparked by one student’s response to the new Husky logo unveiled this spring.
In the letter, AAUP highlighted key points in a campus sexual assault report they released. The debate arose after undergraduate Caroline Luby wrote an open letter to the president criticizing the new logo campaign. In her letter she listed three male student athletes who were arrested in the past school year – two of their cases involved violence against women.
The university, Luby wrote, did not communicate a “zero tolerance atmosphere for this kind of behavior” and placed a higher priority on “male athletic peer culture” and corporate interests at the cost of the “normal, everyday, non-Olympian student body.”
According to a statement from student government, Luby became the “subject of harsh comments, harassment and threats of rape via online blogs, Facebook, and her university email account” after that letter.
A spokesman for Herbst said they remain committed to the issue and as recently as Tuesday held “lengthy discussions” to address concerns. In response to the AAUP’s letter, the university said in a statement:
“The authors of the letter did not seem to realize the enormous amount of work the university already does on this issue…what UConn already does actually goes above and beyond the recommendations made in AAUP’s letter.”