Regarding the Incident at Reed

Dear members of the Lewis & Clark Community,

On Saturday night / Sunday morning an incident involving a Lewis & Clark student occurred on the Reed College campus.

There have been historical instances involving sexual misconduct by Lewis & Clark students toward Reed students, as well as inappropriate and destructive behavior of Lewis & Clark students while on Reed’s campus. We are determined to develop an understanding of how our actions affect other communities.

It is useful for students to read and be familiar with all College policies regarding conduct both on our campus and at Reed. The overwhelming presence of uninvited Lewis & Clark students on Reed’s campus is disruptive to their community as a whole. Please be respectful of Reed’s right to their space, and only visit if you have been invited by a student or staff member.

We are members of Lewis & Clark’s community, while on campus and off, and our behavior is a representation of our institution. Sexual misconduct will never be tolerated. It is embarrassing and unacceptable that a select few Lewis & Clark students have disrespected Reed’s hospitality over the years, and this weekend. We are all students in this amazing city and must work to form a bond with our community, with our friendly collegiate neighbors to the east and beyond.

Reed college held a public forum today in order to discuss the events. The questions they put forth are an outstanding representation of the mentality of Reed students. Instead of placing blame on us, they questioned use of force.  Instead of demanding a ban on Lewis & Clark students, they asked when and why their CSOs involve the police.  Instead of retaliating with anger they have opened a dialogue with their students.  Let us remember the motto that binds us together. Explorare, Discere, Sociare: To Explore, To Discover, To Work together.

The Associated Students of Lewis & Clark will be holding an open forum this Friday at 4:30pm in the Council Chamber in order to discuss this instance. We will be addressing the following issues: sexual misconduct, the use of force by campus officers, our role in the community, and ways to repair relationships with the Reed community. We view this as an opportunity for us to come together, reflect on our actions, and grow. Please submit questions that you would like to have addressed at this forum. ASLC will invite members of Reed to our campus as a sign of good will in the near future. More details will follow.

You are welcome to reach out to members of the Lewis & Clark student government with questions you may have. Other resources available include Ombudsperson Valerie WhiteLewis & Clark Counseling Service, and trained SARA officers. If you would like to report a situation regarding sexual misconduct or otherwise you may do so at any time.

If you have any questions or concerns, we are here for you. Our door is always open.