From the Editor's Desk

From The Editor’s Desk: Reporting on the Problem that Pervades College Campuses

Nicky AndrewsThe Phoenix's editor-in-chief Katie Anthony discusses the paper's coverage of difficult topics.

Content warning: Sexual assault, rape, drugs

This week, the story that appears above the fold of The Phoenix tackles difficult topics — sexual assault, drugs and the process of reporting traumatic events to the university.

As a student and a woman, these stories are some of the most difficult to read. However, during my time at The Phoenix I’ve also seen how important they are to report. In 2019, three female students opened up to The Phoenix about the sexual assault reporting process and their fears that a serial predator was left roaming campus as they participated in the investigation. 

In 2020, The Phoenix revealed that a student walked the stage at graduation after being expelled from Loyola following a rape allegation. Later that same year, The Phoenix reported a Loyola professor was still holding classes after a university investigation found evidence of “unprofessional and sexual harassing behavior.”

Earlier this year, students took to the streets of campus to call for change within how Loyola handles sexual assault investigations. 

Just over a quarter of female undergraduate students and 6% of male undergraduate students experience rape or sexual assault, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). 

With these topics being such a prominent issue within the lives of college students at Loyola and across the country, we feel a responsibility to put time and resources into listening to students and reporting out their stories fairly and accurately. 

We hope our reporting gives students a glimpse into a part of the college experience that invades so many students’ lives but is rarely talked about. 

Loyola’s Sexual Assault Advocacy line can be reached at 773-494-3810. The National Sexual Assault Hotline is also available 24/7 at 800-656-4673.

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