An alleged sex competition started by male students at St. John’s University in the central Minnesota town of Collegeville is being investigated by administrators and condemned by female students from the private institution’s sister school, the College of St. Benedict.
The Record, which serves as the student newspaper for the two Roman Catholic partner colleges, first reported the allegations that students living in a dorm at St. John’s, which is an all-male university, competed to see who could have the most sexual encounters with women attending St. Benedict.
According to the campus newspaper, the St. John’s students made a list with the names of certain St. Benedict students and assigned point values for different actions. Details of the list are unclear.
Katie Alvino, a spokeswoman for the colleges, said administrators learned of the allegations in late September and have been “actively investigating” ever since.
“We will not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form,” Alvino said in a statement Thursday. “We are utilizing trained, impartial, third-party investigators to determine the responsible parties. We are committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which all members of the community respect the rights and human dignity of all.”
Citing the ongoing investigation, Alvino did not say whether the students in question have been identified or disciplined.
The Record reported that administrators and employees recently called a mandatory floor meeting for residents of the St. John’s dorm at the center of the allegations to discuss the issue.
Alvino said that there will be more campus discussions about the reported competition and that leaders of the two colleges fully supported a protest Thursday on campus.