Officials said they are aware of social media posts alleging sexual misconduct that are circulating in the GW community, according to a University spokesperson.
Crystal Nosal, the University spokesperson, said in an email Monday that the University is “committed to maintaining a safe environment, promoting a culture of respect and maintaining an environment free of harassment and discrimination.” The statement follows sexual misconduct allegations that emerged on Twitter Friday from a female student against Student Association President Howard Brookins.
“We take allegations of harassment and discrimination very seriously and have systems in place for reporting, investigating and taking appropriate actions,” Nosal said in the email.
Nosal said social media posts are not considered official reports made to the University, and officials recommend that anyone who has experienced “such behavior” file a report with GW.
She listed “additional resources” in her email, including information on how to file reports and seek support from the Title IX Office, the Office of Advocacy and Support and the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Students can also report a bias-related incident, the email states.
“This will ensure that GW can take steps to provide those impacted with options and resources such as supportive measures, investigations and safety planning,” she said.
Since the female student’s tweets were posted, dozens of student leaders – including a majority of the SA Senate – have called on Brookins, the SA president, to leave the SA. Some former SA executive cabinet members also claimed earlier this month that Brookins fostered a “negligent and careless” work environment within the organization.
SA senators plan to initiate impeachment proceedings for Brookins. The senate cannot impeach a president for Title IX violations, according to University policy, but the branch can impeach for breaching the SA bylaws.
This article appeared in the January 28, 2021 issue of the Hatchet.