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Message from President Eibeck after 60 Minutes Story

April 17, 2011

Tonight, the CBS news program 60 Minutes aired its story on the Jane Doe case. It was a painful reminder of the trauma experienced by two members of our Pacific family.

The story recognized the complexities involved in investigating and adjudicating sexual misconduct on college campuses, especially when there is no police investigation. It is impossible to accurately portray this complex case in 12 minutes. In fact, a University Judicial Review Board spent 25 hours hearing witness testimony and deliberating before coming to its conclusion. The University imposed significant sanctions against the accused students. A federal judge ruled that Pacific handled the case appropriately.

I've also spent considerable time reviewing this tragic incident. I am proud of how sensitively my team -- in particular Vice President Elizabeth Griego and the Division of Student Life -- handled this difficult situation.

You can read all the facts about the case at www.PacificFacts.com. For a thorough description of Pacific's sexual assault policies and how to report an assault, see www.Pacific.edu/SexualAssault.

Join me tomorrow (Monday) at 12:15 p.m. in Grace Covell Hall, where Corrie Martin, director of Pacific's Women's Resource Center, and Academic Council Chair Susan Giraldez will lead a discussion about the 60 Minutes story and the Jane Doe case.

If you have any concerns, questions or comments regarding the 60 Minutes story, the Jane Doe case or Pacific's policies on sexual misconduct, feel free to email me at president@pacific.edu.