COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A former Colorado College president was accused more than a century ago of sexual assault and misconduct with female students, staff and professors’ wives. Now the college has taken his name off one of its dormitories.
Colorado College’s Slocum Hall, named after former school president William F. Slocum, is now known as South Hall, and its commons area has been renamed South Commons, The Gazette reported on Monday.
In a unanimous recent vote, 26 Colorado College board of trustee members decided to remove Slocum’s name from the dorm and rescind the honorary degree the school bestowed on him in 1917.
“The board finds there is overwhelming and uncontroverted evidence that Slocum engaged in instances of sexual misconduct and egregious sexual assault while he was president of the college,” reads a statement from the board. “Sexual assault and sexual harassment are unacceptable today and were unacceptable in Slocum’s time” and are “in direct conflict with the mission and values of Colorado College.”
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Students agreed with the board’s move to erase Slocum’s name from the freshmen dorm.
“This sends the message that the school doesn’t stand for that kind of behavior, even if it happened a long time ago,” said sophomore Ben Schwaeber.
The board will initiate a naming process and solicit input from the campus for a new name for the building, after “one or two years,” according to the statement.
Slocum’s sexual misconduct was revealed in 1915 when numerous women provided affidavits attesting to what’s known today as sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com