14 results for month: 03/2015


Skidmore Student Found Responsible for Attack Suspended for Additional Two Years

On Wednesday, Kiefer was informed that her attacker would be given a two-year suspension. She said she initially hesitated to share the news.“Then I decided, ‘You know what? These people have been by my side 100 percent this whole time, and I want them to know what’s going on.’ I want them to be a part of this because they’ve been a part of it, and I think it feels good to me to share that.”Kiefer said she was satisfied to know that her attacker would not return to Skidmore during her tenure, but said the two-year suspension feels “incomplete.”“I think in my case, specifically, because I can’t speak for everyone, ...

Board Makes Decision in Case of Skidmore Student Accused of Sexual Assault

The Skidmore student accused of sexually assaulting another student back in April of 2014 will not be allowed to return to the college for several years.The college investigated and found that student had violated the schools sexual and gender based misconduct policy. He was subsequently suspended for a year, and Thursday’s decision means he can’t request to return to Skidmore until 2017.“I want to thank the Administrative Hearing Board for their careful consideration of my case and the seriousness with which they approached this very important decision. Their determination that the responding student cannot request to return to Skidmore ...

Student says Skidmore College will Allow her Attacker to Re-apply in Two Years

It's been the buzz of the campus for two weeks. Would the school readmit a male student they found responsible for violating its sexual conduct policy?"The student body, alumni, many members of the Skidmore community, have taken a stand that we do not want rapists on our campus," said Sam Harris, a Skidmore senior.Skidmore College student Reina Kiefer was sexually assaulted last April. She brought it to the attention of the school and they suspended the attacker for a year.But the man wants to come back to Skidmore, so at the end of the one-year suspension, he re-applied.On March 13, hundreds of students held a silent protest and ...

Suspension Extended for Skidmore College Student Accused Of Sexual Assault

Statements have been received from Skidmore College student Reina Kiefer, her attorney James R. Marsh, and Skidmore College regarding the school’s Administration Hearing Board’s readmittance hearing involving an unnamed male student who Kiefer accused of sexually assaulting her in early 2014. The male student was suspended for one year and was seeking to be readmitted to the college. No criminal charges have been filed.Statement from Reina Kiefer:"I want to thank the Administrative Hearing Board for their careful consideration of my case and the seriousness with which they approached this very important decision. Their determination that ...

Skidmore Denies Readmittance of Student Found Guilty of Sexual Assault

Skidmore College may not have changed its official policies on handling sexual assaults, but a suspended student who was found to have sexually assaulted a female student last year will not be allowed back on campus in the fall, according to statements released Thursday by the female student and her attorney.The decision comes after a vocal on-campus protest earlier this month that called for the administration to deny readmission to the suspended student. Reina Keifer, a 19-year-old sophomore from Berkeley, Calif., who was sexually assaulted on Skidmore's campus last year, helped to organize the protest. She said students found guilty of sexual ...

Skidmore College Blocks Student’s Re-entry

A suspended Skidmore College student who was found to have sexually assaulted a female student last year will not return to the school this fall, according to statements released by the victim and her attorney Thursday.Reina Keifer, a 19-year-old sophomore from Berkeley, Calif., was sexually assaulted on the Skidmore campus last year. Unhappy with the college’s handling of the case, she organized a campus protest this month of her attacker’s readmission hearing to Skidmore. The school decided to suspend the male for another two years, at which time it could hold another re-admittance hearing if he chooses, Keifer’s attorney said. Below are ...

Feds Can’t Be Sued Over Response to UVA Sex Assault Investigation

A former University of Virginia student who claimed she was the victim of a rape on campus cannot sue federal agencies over how they responded to her complaints that the school mishandled its investigation of her allegations, a judge said Tuesday.A former university student identified as Jane Doe in court papers filed complaints against the University of Virginia in June 2012 with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education. She accused the school of violating federal law in responding to her complaint that another student sexually assaulted her in late 2011.A lawyer for Jane Doe, Wendy Murphy of New ...

Sexual Assault Decision Expected at Skidmore College

The issue of campus sexual violence has reached Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. During the next week, the school administration is expected to decide whether a male student who was found to have violated the school's sexual misconduct policy will be allowed to re-enroll. He was suspended for a year amid accusations he raped a female student.Jacob Reiskin, editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, Skidmore News, said students are calling for the male student to be suspended — but the school's policy doesn't require it.

Bring Kelly’s Kids Home

Where are Kelly Rutherford's children, you may ask? What if I told you that a Family Court Judge in Los Angeles ripped them from the loving arms of their mother and deported them to a foreign country where neither of their parent's maintain citizenship? Yes, you heard that right. This is an unprecedented case that defies logic on every level. …This Wednesday, March 18th, Kelly will be in Federal Court with her attorneys, Wendy Murphy and James Marsh to discuss her children's basic human rights as American citizens. They will discuss their right to live freely in their own country. Since immigration is a federal issue (state courts do not ...

Skidmore Students Protest Possible Readmission of Accused Rapist

Hundreds of college students railed in support of a classmate on Friday who is fighting to keep the man who sexually assaulted her from coming back to school. Reina Kiefer is a sophomore at Skidmore College, last year she was sexually assaulted by a classmate. After an investigation, the College determined the man was guilty of violating its sexual misconduct policy and he was suspended for a year.…On Friday, a hearing was held to determine whether the male student who was suspended was ready to be readmitted to the school. So far, a determination has not been made. Before the hearing, hundreds of students, many wearing t-shirts that ...