SANTA FE – The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office is investigating an alleged sexual assault after a flier circulating at the Institute of American Indian Arts and on social media accused a school administrator of attacking a student and also called out other employees for sexual harassment and ignoring misconduct.
The anonymous flier gives a graphic, first-person account of an incident said to have taken place in April in which the male administrator — which the flier names — allegedly attacked a student in his office.
“I DON’T want an apology,” the letter states. “I want justice & safety for native women/two-spirits/people at a native school.”
In a campus-wide statement sent out last week, IAIA President Robert Martin wrote that the school had reported the assault allegation to the sheriff’s office, which confirmed that it is investigating.
“This is a reminder to all members of the IAIA community that IAIA takes all claims and complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence seriously,” Martin’s statement reads, adding IAIA also will conduct its own investigation.
Reached by phone Monday, the staff member accused of attacking the student last month told the Journal, “I did not commit sexual assault,” but he declined additional comment.
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