To the men of St Paul’s College,
Well, I hope you’re all proud of yourselves.
After yet another scandal-ridden week of reports about sexism, abuse and assault, you’ve managed to take absolutely zero responsibility. Instead, your disgraceful behaviour has brought to the end the careers of two senior college leaders. Your warden and chairman have both fallen on their swords and retired as a result of your behaviour. You have brought to an end their distinguished careers, and yet where are you amidst all of this? There hasn’t been one iota of responsibility accepted from any of you.
It is very fortunate for you that University of Sydney has not followed the lead of Harvard University where 10 incoming students had their enrolments withdrawn as a result of being part of a Facebook group that published memes denigrating women. This may be a hard-line stance but it sends a message to students even before they arrive of what won’t be tolerated. It also punishes directly those whose conduct is inappropriate rather than allowing someone else to take the fall.