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Sexual assault survivors unhappy with investigative process

Sexual assault survivors unhappy with investigative process

Sam Grainger-Shuba

September 25, 2014


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS, News Highlight

This story is part 1 in a two-part series examining incidences of sexual assault and how they are handled at Whitman and by colleges nationwide. As the federal government continues its crackdown on sexual assault on college campuses for the third year, colleges across the country are scrambli...

Retiring Dean Leaves Legacy In SA Program

Lane Barton

March 13, 2014


Filed under FEATURE

Associate Dean of Students for Academic Support Services Clare Carson will retire at the end of the semester after 38 years working on campus. During her tenure, Carson helped create the Student Academic Advisors program that trains peer advisers to help each incoming class make the transition from high...

Student Academic Advisor Program Strengthens Community

Student Academic Advisor Program Strengthens Community

Anna Zheng

March 13, 2014


Filed under FEATURE, Feature Highlight, Front Page Slideshow

More than 30 years after its creation, the Student Academic Advisers program remains successful in helping new students and bringing a stronger sense of community to first-year housing. Student Academic Advisors are Whitman sophomores who live in first-year dorms to help alleviate the stress of transitioning to ...

Administration To Promote Race-Related Education

Lane Barton

February 13, 2014


Filed under FEATURE

Ever since the Rally Against Racism last fall provoked a campus-wide conversation about race, the Whitman administration has been keen to promote future discussions on the issue. Although the upcoming Power and Privilege Symposium provides an opportunity for students, staff and faculty to come together...

Debate Team Moves Forward Amidst Disagreements About Supervision and Policy

Shelly Le

May 20, 2013


Filed under NEWS

This article was written by Shelly Le, Rachel Alexander and Karah Kemmerly. Emily Lin-Jones and Blair Hanley Frank contributed additional reporting. This article is the third in a three-part series about Whitman's debate team. Part one examines the debate team's culture, including accusations mad...

Debate Title IX Investigation Prompted By Sexual Assault

Shelly Le

May 20, 2013


Filed under NEWS

This article was written by Shelly Le, Rachel Alexander and Karah Kemmerly. Emily Lin-Jones and Blair Hanley Frank contributed additional reporting. This article is the second in a three-part series about Whitman's debate team. Part one examines the debate team's culture, including accusations mad...

Letter from the Editors on Debate Investigation

Shelly Le

May 18, 2013


Filed under Editors' Blog

Over the past three weeks, a team of Pioneer reporters has been working to shed light on the circumstances leading up to Jim Hanson's decision to step down from his position as Director of Forensics. Our reporting included dozens of interviews, both on and off the record, with current debate students, ad...

FACE Aims to Increase Campus Dialogue about Sexual Assault

FACE Aims to Increase Campus Dialogue about Sexual Assault

Karah Kemmerly

March 6, 2013


Filed under NEWS

While browsing whitmanencounters.com one day, senior Kate Kight saw a post that really scared her. This post, written by a student whose friend had been sexually assaulted by an RA, contained responses from several students offering resources and support for the survivor, which Kight found heartening....

New grievance policy provides students an outlet

Emily Lin-Jones

September 13, 2012


Filed under NEWS

According to the Statement of Rights included in the Student Handbook, all students have "the right to redress grievances"––but it wasn't until this year that they were given an official means to do so. The college has published online this year an interim grievance policy, which gives students,...

Changes made to handling of sexual misconduct cases

Rachel Alexander

September 6, 2012


Filed under NEWS

The Whitman administration made significant changes in its procedures for handling sexual assault over the summer, with an emphasis on improved communication with the Walla Walla YWCA and police department. These changes were made in response to student complaints about Whitman's handling of sexual assault...

Victims find sexual misconduct process ineffective

Victims find sexual misconduct process ineffective

Rachel Alexander

March 1, 2012


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS, News Highlight

The Whitman administration works to stop sexual assault on campus, but sometimes even the best preventative efforts fail. Students don't always respect each other's boundaries. While many victims choose not to report the crimes committed against them, a handful fill out a pink form and bring a case forward....

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