‘I BELIEVE HER’ Post-it notes cover Delta’s main campus

By Josie Norris, editor-in-chief, and MaCayla Jablonski, assistant editor-in-chief. 
'I believe her' Post-it notes cover Delta's main campus
UNIVERSITY CENTER– Students, staff and faculty members who arrived early Monday morning found roughly 1,500 brightly colored Post-it notes reading “I believe her” covering hallways, benches, vending machines, clocks and windows. The notes are assumed to be in regards to the alleged sexual assault that was reported on campus last week on Feb. 22.

Vice President of Student and Educational Services Margarita Mosqueda was surprised by the notes when she got to campus Monday morning.

According to Mosqueda, administration wants to be sensitive to a person’s right to express themselves. However, “we do have policies and guidelines for posting,” Mosqueda says, “We do expect people to follow policy.”

Administration ultimately decided that the sticky notes reading “I Believe Her” violated Senate policy 8.055 Student Rights of Association and Expression in the student handbook.

The policy states “students or student organizations may distribute written material without prior approval. Hand-to-hand distribution will be permitted in areas of public passage (commons, hallways, sidewalks, etc.) providing distribution does not interfere with normal College activity or routine. Posting and other types of distribution will be limited to those places established by written College regulations.”

It goes on to say that “the College reserves the right to regulate the time, place, and manner of expression.”

Subsequently, Mosqueda and the administration decided that “they need to come down.”

Director of Public Safety Robert Battinkoff asks whoever would like to post messages on campus that they would follow the posting policy for Delta. According to the student handbook, in order to post materials, individuals must take the information to the Center for Student and Civic Engagement, located in the West Courtyard Level, where it is approved and distributed.

Gillian Carroll, 19, was on campus to see the notes hanging on the walls around campus.

“It definitely made a statement,” says Carroll. “I feel like [the rape] happened, so I don’t know why people are second guessing it.”

Carroll felt that the administration silenced the voices of Delta students that were affected by the alleged sexual assault.

“I agree with them that the sticky notes shouldn’t be on the signs, but I didn’t see any of them on the signs. I feel like them being in the bathrooms were just fine. I didn’t see a problem with it,” says Carroll.

Luke Moore, 20, was on campus watching Delta’s public safety officers remove the sticky notes from the walls.

“I don’t necessarily think it’s a problem. I don’t have a lot of background knowledge about this situation, so I didn’t realize there was that much opposition to require this kind of protest, but I don’t think it was the wrong thing to do,” says Moore.

Moore said he can understand why students would be upset at the administration for taking the sticky notes down so quickly.

“I think that… the act of removing the sticky notes, and the fact that people were outraged about it, may have even helped the cause more; because that message spread for me more than the message of putting out the notes in the first place,” says Moore.

Battinkoff explained that Public Safety understands both sides of the Post-it note issue.

“Even though it’s not the exact appropriate way to convey that message, we want to be really careful that we don’t convey that we’re rejecting the message itself- we’re very supportive of the message,” Battinkoff says.

“We don’t want to discourage people from offering support; the most protected way is person-to-person communication. So if they want to hand out supporting documents that way, we are absolutely fine with that,” he went on to say.

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