President Judith Rodin and Provost Robert Barchi
administration has been deeply concerned about the incident involving
the Princeton debating students visiting our campus the night of
November 16th. The allegations about the behavior of several Penn
students are very serious, and have shocked and appalled our community.
Many people have been working hard since the time of the incident
to make sure that appropriate action is taken.
the University of Pennsylvania Police were called in immediately.
They conducted the law enforcement investigation that ultimately
led to the District Attorney's decision to pursue the incident
as a criminal matter and to arrest those alleged to be involved.
the same time, the University has its own, separate student disciplinary
system and that system has been engaged with full dispatch. This
system is managed in the first instance by the Office of Student
Conduct. As the Penn Community is aware, and to ensure a fair, thorough
and appropriate process, student disciplinary proceedings are confidential--that
means that "updates" on the progress of these proceedings
while they are unfolding are precluded.
the time since November 16th, we have been in contact with several
Princeton officials and will continue to communicate with them,
consistent with our responsibilities to the process.
will continue to address this situation actively and are committed
to completing the process without undue delay.