It has come to our attention that IU jazz student Chris Parker, who has previously been suspended from Indiana University on sexual assault charges, has returned to IU and the Jacobs School of Music to pursue a degree and is active in the local Bloomington music scene.
Per the details published about Parker in the Indiana Daily Student, as current and former students of the Jacobs School of Music and IU, we express our utmost disappointment in Parker’s continued presence in Jacobs.
We are concerned for the safety of young musicians who deserve to pursue their education without being in the presence of a sexual assailant. We also encourage musicians in Bloomington and elsewhere to refuse Parker’s presence at shows, concerts and other musical functions, on stage or otherwise.
Those in power must be willing to risk their status and their privilege for the sake of victims of sexual assault. We believe survivors of sexual assault and stand in solidarity with them to demand the Jacobs School of Music and Indiana University be held accountable for this egregious offense.
Matthew Zion Babineaux
Bruno Rafael Gutierrez
Camila Mennitte Pereyra
Matthew Daniel Riggen