A group of faculty has written the following letter to the students of Amherst College. For the full list of the 14 authors and 128 signatories, see below.
We are deeply saddened and upset by the recent disclosures of sexual misconduct and violence at the College. It is not only that acts of sexual violence have occurred that troubles us. It is the further injuries that students have suffered after these acts that also concern us.
We are writing to express our deep support for all who have been affected by this in any way. We are also troubled that the College has failed you.
We are committed to working towards effective solutions to the many problems that you have faced and continue to face. We call for an end to the culture of silence. None of us can function in an environment of mistrust and fear. Trust and respect are essential for teaching and learning. We are teachers, and as teachers we realize we have much to learn from our students. We urge any and all of you to come talk with us — as a college, we can only find our way through this together.
We are committed, in the coming months and years, to building a climate of safety, respect and ultimately, trust. We know we have much work to do to make Amherst the college that it should be, a place of mutual respect and trust.
We realize that nothing can change the past. But as we face the future, know that we stand with you and we will come through this together.
Lyle A. McGeoch
Chris van den Berg
Lucía M. Suárez
Ronald C. Rosbottom
J. Celso Castro Alves
Kiara M. Vigil
Rosalina de la Carrera
Samuel C. Morse
M. Elena Aldea Agudo
Tim Van Compernolle
Francis G. Couvares
Ethan J. Temeles