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December 12, 2014, Message from President Kerwin
When I wrote last week, I thought it would be my last message to the university community for the semester, but events have occurred since then that merit an additional communication in these final days of the academic term. Read More…

December 11, 2014, Message from the VP of Campus Life
Reports of sexual assault in our community—as recent as this week—underscore our concern about this troubling problem and the dimensions of our challenge. AU is committed to educating community members about sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct and to providing support and guidance to students who experience this trauma. Read More…

August 15, 2014, Message from the VP of Campus Life
This is the final of three summer updates to inform the campus community about efforts to address the alleged misconduct associated with the underground group known as “EI” and to enhance AU’s measures to prevent sexual violence and support victims/survivors. Read More…

July 24, 2014, Message from President Kerwin
On June 15 and July 15, vice president of campus life Gail Hanson provided progress reports for the campus community regarding strengthening AU’s efforts to prevent sexual violence and to support victims/survivors. Our efforts are in line with a White House-led initiative and national dialogue on this topic that affects every college and university. AU has made significant progress in a short period of time, and no challenge is more important for American University and higher education than to deal with this issue as a high priority. Read More…

July 15, 2014, Message from the VP of Campus Life
This is the second of three summer updates to inform the campus community about progress in addressing alleged misconduct associated with the underground group, Epsilon Iota (EI) and in enhancing AU’s efforts to prevent sexual violence and support victims/survivors. Read More…

June 13, 2014, Message from the VP of Campus Life
This is the first of three updates planned for this summer to inform the campus community about efforts to address the critical issues raised by a chain of e-mails released in April from the underground group of students known as Epsilon Iota (EI). Read More…

April 29, 2014, Message from President Kerwin
The Obama Administration sent a strong signal that sexual assault against students must stop. American University is strongly committed to best-practice strategies to prevent sexual assault or any other kind of violence in our community. Read More...

April 29, 2014, Message from the VP of Campus Life
We would like to share with the community our response to a series of proposals originating from students to improve our effectiveness in sexual assault prevention and provide for the safety of our students. We thank all who have signed a petition supporting these proposals. We share your outrage and concern over the content of the emails recently released and the behavior they describe. Read More...

April 24, 2014, Message from the VP of Campus Life
As the university continues to deal with the serious allegations of misconduct that were brought to our attention last week, I want to address some of the feedback we have received and outline what the community may expect in the weeks and months to come. Our community continues to be outraged by the behaviors described. Read More...

April 22, 2014, Open Forum Summary
President Neil Kerwin and Board of Trustees Chair Jeff Sine held the Spring Open Forum on Tuesday, April 22, in the Kay Spiritual Life Center. In an hour-long question-and-answer session, Kerwin and Sine described the overall health of the university and addressed critical challenges facing the AU community. Several students expressed concern over the recent anonymous emails alleging disturbing and harmful student conduct by a student group not recognized by the university. Read More...

April 21, 2014, Message from President Kerwin
Members of our campus community have been alerted through anonymous emails to student conduct allegations that demand the university's immediate attention. The allegations include high risk and harmful behaviors that not only conflict with our values and standards, but also may represent breaches of our student conduct code and of the law. Read More...

April 18, 2014, Message from the VP of Campus Life
Recently, an anonymous source shared emails and other information with university administrators and selected campus community members. We are outraged by the reprehensible content of this material. It could not be more contrary to American University's values and standards. Read More…

April 2014 Message from Fraternity and Sorority Life to Parents
American University is proud of the contributions made by our fraternity and sorority community. These organizations provide outstanding opportunities for their members to gain valuable leadership skills, participate in community service projects, raise money for philanthropic causes, and actively participate in a variety of campus activities. Read More… 

April 2014 Message from the Interfraternity Council
The Interfraternity Council vehemently condemns the behavior displayed in recent emails from the EI organization. Make no mistake, they are not an IFC recognized fraternity, nor are they in any way associated with fraternity and sorority life at American University. One of the hallmark values of our fraternal organizations is mutual respect for men and women. Read More…