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Returning to Independent Thought: Reed’s Dialogue About Honor

It saddens me that so many Reedies have fallen out of love with the Honor Principle. After hearing opinions at last week’s Reed Union, I think that our frustration stems from fundamental problems in the way we talk about Honor, rather than problems with the Honor Principle itself. It does seem that the Honor Process […]

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An “Honor Process” that Fails the Honor Principle: What a Senior Didn’t Know

Until recent conversations with a significant number of Reedies, I hadn’t considered sexual assault to be a serious problem at Reed. Why?  Because I did not know. I’m not on J-Board or Honor Council. I am a regular thesising senior who has (albeit naively) assumed Reed to be an exceptionally safe place where students act […]

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Towards a More Perfect Union: Community Gathers for Reevaluation of the Honor Principle

A Reed Union on the state of the Honor Principle occurred Monday night before a crowd of over 400 students, faculty, staff and alumni, nearly filling Kaul Auditorium.

The Union, the first since 2007, was proposed by members of Honor Council to discuss the “state of the Honor Principle.” Reed Unions are described by the college as “moderated discussion featuring panels of experts in dialogue with members of the audience” and are intended to serve as a Reed-wide forum for addressing topics of importance to the community.

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On Sexual Assault and Alcohol Consumption

I wrote this essay because I have not heard many male opinions on the subject. I know for a fact I don’t address the entirety of the issue because to do so is to presume too much. I don’t want to trivialize this issue either, but I do want to have an opinion. I know […]

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Preventing Sexual Assault on Campus

Feminist Student Union and The Sexual Assault Taskforce Provide Some Tips Reed culture takes pride in being unique. It’s not like other colleges, and that makes it more difficult to pinpoint aspects of rape culture. We don’t have boisterous frat parties with kegs and red plastic cups. Our atmosphere is more or less communal and […]

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An Open Letter from the Ad-hoc Committee on Sexual Assault

At the beginning of the fall semester, President Diver appointed an ad-hoc committee on sexual assault. The committee is comprised of students, faculty, and staff. As our work is well underway, and due to recent campus-wide concern about this issue, we wanted to inform the community about the particulars of our mission. The president charged […]

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A Response to Manley’s Open Resignation Letter

“Isabel is a hero,” reads one of the comments on post I made on Facebook of last week’s “Open Letter to the Reed Community.”  From that comment thread and several recent discussions with other Reedies, I am confident in saying that for many students that article hit right on the mark in describing the serious […]

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An Open Letter to the Reed Community

Dear Reedies, I am writing this letter to you because I want to explain why I am resigning from the Judicial Board and, more importantly, because I want our community to start thinking critically about the relation between sexual assault, the honor process, and the Judicial Board. During my three semesters as a J-Board member, […]

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