Campus Vigilante Posting Names of Columbia 'Rapists'
School keeps scrubbing the lists from bathrooms
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 14, 2014 10:51 AM CDT
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(Newser) – There's at least one graffiti vigilante on the loose at Columbia University. Over the past week, lists have been appearing in bathrooms across the school's campus, with titles like "Rapists on Campus" and "Sexual Assault Violators on Campus," according to student media reports. The first list, reported by the Lion, appeared to featured the handwriting of multiple people, though subsequent lists—featuring the same four names—appeared to be the work of one person. Yesterday the campaign reached a new level, when two more graffiti lists were found and flyers describing the alleged wrongdoers were found in multiple stalls, according to Bwog.

The school has quickly scrubbed the graffiti each time it has been found—yesterday it reportedly began closing down bathrooms until it could be sure it had removed the lists. Media outlets have so far blacked out all the names when posting photos of the list—Bwog said that senior administrators had warned that publishing it would violate Title IX—but Jezebel reports that the list includes a musician, a varsity athlete, and a "prominent writer for a campus publication." That publication may have been Bwog; the site posted a statement from its editors yesterday saying that a member of its staff had indeed been accused of violating the school's Gender Based Misconduct policy, and had agreed to resign.

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Scott603
Sep 2, 2014 6:36 PM CDT
If the school has no interest in providing a safe environment for its students the state should shut it down. I had a friend in college who was raped at a party and so traumatized she quit college and never went back. The apparent lack of concern by the school is stunning.
BillGalluccio
May 14, 2014 2:37 PM CDT
I guess innocent until proven guilty no longer applies. Until somebody is found guilty in a court of law they are not a rapist. To insinuate that could be a crime at worst, and libel at best. If they find out whoever is doing this, that person might be in for a rude awakening when faced with multiple lawsuits from the accused individuals.
ICallBS
May 14, 2014 11:05 AM CDT
A mouthful of buzzwords attempting to say something, without saying anything at all. Edit: I am referring to the "a member of its staff had indeed been accused of violating the school's Gender Based Misconduct policy, and had agreed to resign." Anyone know what that means?