WVU Radio Students Strike Amid Sexual Allegations

Dec 8, 2017

Credit U92 FM

Student workers at a campus radio station at West Virginia University are striking to protest university response to sexual misconduct allegations against a school employee. Student demands include removal of the station’s general manager.

West Virginia University officials confirm that they have been aware of concerns brought forward about the station general manager for several months. Matthew Fouty has worked in the position since 2015 and did not return requests for comment but reported to another agency that the allegations are unfounded.

Students first formally approached superiors at the university in June, complaining that the manager routinely acted inappropriately and unprofessionally, disclosing details about personal relationships during radio programs.

The school’s Title IX office launched an investigation because of allegations, according to students. The office addresses sex discrimination, such as harassment and assault. It’s unclear if disciplinary actions were taken, but a statement from the university says an investigation is ongoing.

Students report that matters haven’t improved. Consequently, many of the students decided to protest by walking off the job, which shut down the station for several hours “jeopardizing the station’s license” according to school officials.