I’ve been on this forum for years. Hopefully this doesn’t get me kicked off…
This email went out from the MMA Alumni Association today:
Dear MMA Alumni,
I am writing today to share a series of communications that have been sent out across campus over the last week, of which you may or may not be aware. As a member of our larger community, and in the interest of keeping you apprised of the current situation, I want you to be able to refer to first-hand information and want to encourage you to direct any related concerns to me to facilitate response as needed. Links to all of the messages referenced here are included below.
Last week we were made aware of a post on a website that alleged a sexual assault on the MMA campus. Included in the post were allegations of mishandling of the situation. In response to the website and the post, President Brennan sent a message to the MMA community on Thursday of last week.
Yesterday, President Brennan sent a follow-up community message including additional information. An excerpt from that message is below:
“I recognize that the sensitivities of all of us are heightened as we reflect upon the greater societal imperative to address the flaws in our culture; flaws in the way in which we treat one another be it with respect to race or gender or sexuality. I am committed to the protection of the reputation of MMA, but I also acknowledge that MMA is subject to its own history and that while we strive to make this a better place, we must admit our failings and take ownership for our part in bringing about societal change. The specific account that surfaced, although difficult to address in substance due to its vagueness, provides us with the opportunity to reflect upon what our responsibilities are and ensure that our culture is purged of its flaws and that we treat each individual with respect and dignity. This is how I feel and what I wish to happen from this matter, and I thank you for holding me, and indeed all of us, accountable."
The full messages are posted on the academy’s website.
The information source itself—the site on which the account is posted—is being reviewed by both state and federal law enforcement officers as well as an attorney specially assigned by the Maine Office of the Attorney General to advise the Academy.
Our Title IX Advisory Committee is engaged in organizing forums and a long-term action plan to address our campus culture. If you are interested in learning more about that, if you would like to participate, or if you have questions or concerns, please contact me so that I can facilitate response through the appropriate academy staff.
Director, Alumni Relations