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In 1997, ASU faced two rape scandals in close proximity: the rape of a student by three men at a frat party, followed by the rape of another woman by an out-of-town acquaintance. After these attacks, big state newspapers started paying attention. The administration, however, remained silent until 500 people marched through the streets of Boone in protest. The chancellor's response, when it finally came, didn't calm things down.
“If you are not in control of your life through indulgence in alcohol and drugs,” Borkowski said to students, according to the News & Observer, “then you are setting yourself up [for rape].”
There was another march, this time demanding a women's center as a safe space for female students. The procession headed for the administration building. Eva Hyatt, a marketing professor who has taught at ASU for 23 years and was at the forefront of the protests, recalls what happened next: “We had 3,000 signatures [on a petition] and we were met by armed guards when we tried to take it to the chancellor,”
That same year, six football players were accused of raping a heavily intoxicated student. All six were acquitted by the university's disciplinary board. Five were found guilty only of lewd conduct. One of those was suspended, and the others simply couldn't play football for a while.
There were more protests. The News and Observer ran an editorial titled “Too Cruel for School” blasting the university's secrecy in relation to the incident. After that, ASU took the kind of drastic action beloved by corporate managers.
It formed a “task force.”
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