St. Louis Community College Assault: "System-Wide Failures... Lack in Leadership" (REPORT)
Campus Chief of Police Paul Banta and District Chief of Police Robert Stewart, made many errors, according to the report, notably releasing Mallory early because they mistakenly believed that a completed police report was necessary for an "in-custody" warrant. Banta, the report says, also wrongfully portrayed the incident to prosecutors as a minor offense. Both repeatedly said Grupe suffered "no injuries," which was both "inaccurate and insensitive." They both, the report says, "lack knowledge of basic police procedures."
via stlcc.edu Meramec campus.
Several administrators also neglected to alert Dorsey, the chancellor, that the incident had even occurred, some telling investigators that there were miscommunications about who was responsible for looping her in.
A full five days after the assault -- and apparently after much internal debate -- officials finally sent out a campus-wide alert about the incident. That alert came six hours after Mallory had already returned to the scene of the assault and on the first day Grupe's class was meeting since the incident.
Dorsey and Wasson returned to St. Louis six days after the assault and no one in a position of authority at that time had talked to the parents of the victim to apologize, the report found.
Board Chair Craig Larson says in a statement provided by the college:
From the perspective of the Board of Trustees, the most disappointing aspect of this report is that so many individuals who could have made a difference throughout this terrible event simply did not act, did not seize control of a bad situation. The board feels very strongly that the college must create an environment in which administrators, faculty and staff have a clear knowledge of their personal responsibilities, of their authority to act and the understanding that they are accountable to the board, students and the community. Certainly this applies to matters relating to safety, but it really applies to everything that we do at the college.
Here's the full report, which includes a series of recommendations, such as the implementation of consistent policies, a restructuring, better training and more:
*Post has been updated to include information about the three college officials that have been removed.