“For the university, this issue is about one thing — how to protect the privacy of victim survivors who courageously come forward to report an incident,” said Jay Blanton, a university spokesman. “We believe strongly that only a victim has the right and perspective to tell their story — not the media, not another student or member of the campus, not another perpetrator or stalker. A court of law is the only recourse we have for settling that question.”
The Kernel staff strongly disagrees, and in editorials the paper has been blasting the university for its handling of the situation, arguing that the school is out to protect one thing: itself. Marjorie Kirk, the Kernel’s editor in chief, said she believes the university is “taking advantage of a broken system to protect the university’s image” and is putting up barriers to information as a way to limit the public’s ability to question its behavior.