Duke reacts to graduate's sexual exploit "thesis"

October 14, 2010

A recent Duke University graduate's PowerPoint presentation on her sexual liaisons with 13 student-athletes -- apparently created as a private joke -- has gone viral, leaving Duke students to find their university again in the middle of sex-related scandal, and renewing concern about the power of the Internet to wreak havoc and tarnish images. "It makes me ashamed that the Duke name is attached to what she's done," one student tells the New York Times. In 2006, a woman falsely accused 3 players on Duke's men's lacrosse team of raping her at a party where she was to perform as a stripper; the charges against the players were dropped a year later. 7 of the 13 athletes the graduate wrote about were -- or still are -- on the lacrosse team. A Duke official wonders if the "thesis" would have attracted as much attention if the individuals identified were not athletes. New York Times