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Students & sexual assault survivor speak out against OSU's president amid allegations

As the call to remove OSU President F. King Alexander is growing, sexual assault survivor Brenda Tracy is also speaking out about the incident.

Posted: Mar 13, 2021 4:53 PM
Updated: Mar 13, 2021 7:17 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. --- Calls are growing for Oregon State University to fire its president for the way he handled sex assault investigations while he was president of Louisiana State University. 

RELATED: Reports allege OSU president aware of his abuse during his time at LSU

One of those people calling for F. King Alexander to be fired is activist and sexual assault survivor Brenda Tracy. Tracy has been an outspoken advocate for victims since she shared her story a few years ago of being gang-raped by four men in the 1990s, including some players on the Oregon State football team.

“I don’t know what kind of leadership President Alexander can provide if this is his history,” Tracy said. "He knew what was potentially going to come out. This was kind of a broad ‘yeah I should’ve done better and I'm sorry.’ But would he have been saying all of that if all of this hadn't come out?”

She says it seems like OSU is trying to protect President Alexander and is worried about the students. 

"I would think that students in general would feel uneasy about who can I trust, where can I go, is my report going to be handled properly,” Tracy said.

KEZI 9 News spoke with several students who have mixed feelings about the situation. Some said they don’t have enough information to know which side they fall on. 

“I don’t know a whole lot about it to have an opinion about it yet,” OSU Junior Emma Gould said.

While other students told KEZI 9 News they are on the fence. 

“From what I know, the investigation wasn't done when he was there. Maybe he could've done more but maybe it would've been jumping the gun too,” OSU Senior Matthew Robinson said.

However, some students want him removed immediately. 

"I think we should have a different president,” OSU Junior Amy Webber said. "It really felt like you know when celebrities have done blackface ten years ago and they have to do an apology video."

Two students at OSU organized an online petition on Change.org to remove Alexander from his position.

RELATED: Students at OSU start petition to remove president from office

A faculty union wrote a letter to the Board of Trustees stating that they are deeply disturbed by President Alexander’s role at Louisiana State University and that they have failed to publicly acknowledge the depth of the problem created by this hire.

RELATED: OSU Board of Trustees aware of review into president before its publication

For right now, the Board of Trustees at Oregon State says they're going to fully evaluate the report from LSU and its findings and they'll report back to the community.

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