From: Michael S. Roth [announcement@wesleyan.edu]
Sent: Monday, October 03, 2016 3:21 PM
Subject: An Apology

Dear friends,

 

I've been reading comments, blogs, and listening to students who are reacting to the news concerning Scott Backer, former Associate Dean of Students. I realize that in the blog post I wrote yesterday upon returning to campus, I neglected to say the most important thing: I am sorry. I apologize that the university hired someone who had been fired for grossly inappropriate behavior and put him in a position of responsibility for dealing with survivors of sexual assault. The university did not know his past, but we needed to know. We failed at that, and I apologize for the pain this has caused members of our community. 

 

I know conversations will continue about this subject in the days and weeks to come. Student Affairs, CAPS, and the Office of Equity and Inclusion all have resources available.

 

We can and will do better.

 

Yours truly,

Michael Roth