Shattering the Silence
Despite having legal authority to name perpetrators as safety threats on campus, educational institutions often hide this information to prevent the public from understanding the true risk of sexual and relationship violence on their campus. In 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice found differing rates of campus gender violence by institution, suggesting it can be as low as 10-20% and as high as 40%. Christopher Krebs, et al., Campus Climate Survey Validation Study Final Technical Report, Bureau of Just. Statistics, U.S. DOJ, 94 (2016) (showing that percentage of undergraduate females who experienced sexual assault during college, per institution, ranges from around 10% to nearly 40%). More research is needed to determine why there are varying rates. L.L. Dunn Law Firm, PLLC, rejects the institutional silence surrounding sexual violence by publicly naming perpetrators found responsible below.
2022-2023 School Year
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY – Scottsdale, Arizona
On March 2, 2023, Arizona State University found Conner Walker responsible for sexual misconduct committed by having sexual intercourse with a female student he knew to be incapacitated on September 2, 2022. Arizona State University required Mr. Walker to participate in the Choices Workshop, write a three-page reflection paper, and receive a written warning. He remained on campus while the victim took a leave of absence and then transferred to ensure her safety and well-being. Arizona State University’s Title IX Coordinator is Jodi Predhomme.
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND – College Park, Maryland
On February 20, 2023, the University of Maryland – College Park affirmed its finding that undergraduate student August Yetter was responsible for committing on-campus sexual assault and non-consensual sexual penetration against a female student on September 8, 2020. The University of Maryland College Park only removed Mr. Yetter from its Institute of Applied Agriculture program until the Spring 2025 semester but otherwise allowed him to remain on campus as an enrolled student while the victim took a leave of absence to ensure her safety and well-being. Title IX Coordinator Angela Nastase oversaw this process.
VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY – Villanova, Pennsylvania
On June 14, 2023, Villanova University found Samuel Randall responsible for committing sexual misconduct against a female student on September 3, 2022. Villanova University issued only probation until the Spring 2025 semester, as well as substance use counseling and mandatory consent education. Title IX Coordinator Ryan Rost oversaw this process.
VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY – Richmond, Virginia
On July 7, 2023, Virginia Commonwealth University found Adam Mafi responsible for one count of nonconsensual fondling and two counts of rape of an incapacitated female student on June 4, 2022. Virginia Commonwealth University issued only a suspension until the Summer 2024 semester with either counseling or consent/healthy relationship education requirements prior to Mr. Mafi receiving his degree. Title IX Coordinator Malorie Yeaman oversaw this process.
2021-2022 School Year
NEUMANN UNIVERSITY – Aston, Pennsylvania
On July 31, 2022, Neumann University found undergraduate student-athlete and campus safety employee Michael McGlensey responsible for committing on-campus dating violence on August 28, 2021, and February 28, 2021. Neumann University suspended Mr. McGlensey for the Fall 2022 semester and he returned to enrollment and lived on campus during the Spring 2023, after which the victim graduated. Title IX Coordinator Stephanie Jones oversaw this process.
RANDOLPH COLLEGE – Lynchburg, Virginia
On December 8, 2020, Randolph College found Walter Dylan Bragg responsible for non-consensual sexual contact and non-consensual sexual intercourse against a recent graduate on December 13, 2019. Randolph College issued an expulsion to Mr. Bragg starting in Spring 2021 semester. Title IX Coordinator Sharon Saunders oversaw this process.
On October 13, 2023, Mr. Bragg entered a plea for a sexual offense in a related criminal case. Commonwealth’s Attorney Andrew Childress oversaw this process on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
2019-2020 School Year
OHIO WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY – Delaware, Ohio
On February 10, 2020, Ohio Wesleyan University found Muhammad Haider Ilahi responsible for committing sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual contact, and non-consensual sexual penetration, as well as providing a prescription drug to another student at the Mu Chapter of the Delta Tau Delta (DTD) fraternity. Shamefully, Ohio Wesleyan University only issued a deferred suspension, meaning Mr. Ilahi on campus alongside the victim, who took a leave of absence to ensure her safety and well-being. Title IX Coordinator Dwayne Todd and Deputy Title IX Coordinator Doug Koyle oversaw this process.
2012-2013 School Year
SUNY Cortland – Cortland, NY
On June 17, 2013, SUNY found Michael Weber responsible for rape and sexual assault of a fellow female student on May 2013, and it sanctioned him with a permanent dismissal on July 12, 2013, which was upheld after appeal on July 29, 2013. Mr. Weber challenged this result through an Administrative Hearing process; on remand, SUNY affirmed the finding on July 23, 2014, and it sanctioned him again with a permanent dismissal on August 8, 2014, which was upheld after appeal on September 5, 2014. Mr. Weber continued to appeal this matter through the civil courts to no avail. See Weber v. SUNY – Cortland, 522569 (3d Jud. Dept. May 11, 2017) (finding “the fact that petitioner was dismissed as a consequence of committing rape and sexual assault does not shock one’s sense of fairness”).