From: Michael S. Roth <announcement@wesleyan.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 11:08 AM
Subject: Campus Update

 

Dear friends,

 

Earlier this week, Wesleying published powerful and disturbing accounts by several alumnae regarding experiences during their time on the women’s cross-country team. As I wrote on my blog, I sincerely apologize for the profoundly negative experiences described in these testimonies.

 

The Office of Equity & Inclusion has opened an investigation, as called for by the Director of Athletics. The standard timeline for such an investigation is 60 days, and we will keep the University community informed as appropriate. The coach at the center of these allegations has been placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation. If anyone has information that would be helpful to the investigation, you can share it with the Office of Equity & Inclusion through an online incident reporting form, or by emailing dcolucci@wesleyan.edu. Wesleyan Athletics will fully cooperate with this work, and the University will report on its findings.

 

Beyond the investigation, we’re mindful of the other demands made by the women’s cross-country team alumnae in their petition. I pledge that we will take all necessary steps to fix any systemic issues that have been brought to light, and that we will ensure the health and well-being of our student-athletes.

 

For many, these issues are profoundly disturbing. I urge any students in need of support to contact Counseling and Psychological Services at (860) 685-2910. Faculty and staff may contact the Employee Assistance Program at (800) 854-1446.

 

Michael S. Roth

President