I am using my daughter's access to review a highly disconcerting series of opinion editorials I have been reading in the Amherst student newspaper during the months of September and October. Both issues go to the heart of whether Amherst is first, meeting its obligations in loco parentis and second ,is there substance to the claim that Amherst has sufficient staffing to meet its promise of small class size and student to teacher ratio.
First there is terrifying news that there is a huge problem of campus date rape and unreported sexual assaults. If the opinion articles can be believed the incidences of women being assaulted sexually by drunken male "dates" is on the upswing. Women are afraid to file official complaints because the negative backlash from fellow students or amazingly from concern about ruining the boy's academic futures.There is a highly troubling criminal case surrounding a viscious rape on campus. Additionally, the opinion articles noted numerous rapes and sexual assualts that could encompass what appears to be numbers of female students. I advise any prospective female applicant or parent to go online and read these troubling editorials and ask probing questions of the Amherst administration. I ask any Amherst student who reads this to respond.
The second opinion featured the issue that Amherst needs more staffing to deal with a problem of overcrowded non-introductory classes and students being shut out of popular classes. It appears from this opinion article that the vaunted small class size at many of Amherst's classes may be illusory. I again urge any student from Amherst to comment.
My daughter, wife and I loved what we saw and heard when we visited the campus. The school is my daughter's first choice school. However these aforementioned issues are highly troubling.