Students rallied Tuesday to demand an Honor Court charge against sophomore Landen Gambill, which she has called retaliation for publicizing her sexual assault, be dropped.
But the University urged caution in a statement addressing news of the Friday charge, which Gambill said claims she engaged in disruptive or intimidating behavior against the man she has accused of raping her.
“The University’s honor system has been the subject of internet commentary and media attention, and some of its student members have received threats to their personal safety,” the University’s release stated.
“Sexual assault evokes passionate responses and concerns. But it is important, particularly in a higher-education community, to avoid judgement based upon speculation.”
More than 200 people gathered at the Campus Y Tuesday to show support for Gambill and discuss ways to improve the environment for sexual assault victims on campus, fueling discussion that has circulated for months.
The central goal of the meeting was to gather support for dropping the Honor Court charge against Gambill.
“I expected there to be some sort of response from the University. The last thing I expected was not just to be revictimized and retraumatized by all of this but to be accused for speaking out solely on the basis that I was making this campus uncomfortable for rapists,” Gambill said at the meeting.
“It’s a big example of how this University sees survivors as a threat and sees the appearance of having a sexual assault problem is worse than actually having a sexual assault problem,” she said.
Student Attorney General Amanda Claire Grayson said the attorney general must find a reasonable basis that there is no longer a violation of the Honor Code for charges to be dropped in a case.