The Nexus stands by the reporting in the article published on May 17, “UCSB Student Says A.S. President-Elect Sexually Assaulted Him in 2018.”
Associated Students President Daevionne Beasley published a statement on May 26 in response to this article, claiming that the Nexus misreported the allegation brought against him. While the majority of Beasley’s statement addresses topics other than the Nexus’s reporting, there are several points that the Nexus believes are necessary to respond to in order to be transparent about our reporting process with the student body.
Throughout the month-long process of reporting this story, our reporters spoke with Beasley and others mentioned in the article multiple times. The Nexus fully understands the weight of the allegation we reported on and conducted a thorough investigation to verify all the information that was published in the article.
The focus of the May 17 article is the sexual assault allegation made against Beasley. Beasley was given an opportunity to respond, on the record, to every detail published in the article. He declined to respond to many of the Nexus’s specific questions about these claims, saying that he wanted Title IX to investigate them, as noted in the story.
In his statement, Beasley criticizes the Nexus for not acknowledging a meeting held between him and Isla Vista Party leadership in spring 2018. The meeting, as Beasley said in his statement, was about a sexual encounter that occurred between Beasley and a UCSB student at a UCSB-affiliated conference in January 2018, which both individuals considered consensual.
The May 17 article centered around a separate encounter on Feb. 23, 2018, in which Beasley was accused of sexually assaulting the same student after a party in Isla Vista. The sexual assault allegation is the focus of the article, not that meeting in spring 2018 nor any issues Beasley may have with Isla Vista Party leadership.
Beasley also said in his statement that he believed Izzy Mitchell, the UCSB student who created the petition to recall him, was affiliated with Isla Vista Party because she had created graphics for several of their members.
We welcome anyone to critique or raise concerns about our reporting, and we are committed to listening and learning. While the Nexus did not consider Mitchell creating graphics as a formal affiliation, we understand that others may see it that way. Mitchell is referenced in the article because she created the petition to remove Beasley from office, and she is not used as a source to prove or confirm any information regarding the allegation.
Beasley said he wrote his statement to clarify what he believes are misrepresentations in the May 17 article. The Nexus only published what we could fully corroborate, and we stand by our reporting.
Editor In Chief
The only part where you actually responded to the statement was the second to last paragraph. The rest of the article was just context and explaining what happened/what Daveionne said. This is easily inferior to the original article.
The meeting is literally about the sexual assault allegation (“which both individuals considered conensual”) you’re reporting on but Nexus failed to mention it. Then here, Nexus decides to write that wasn’t the focus of the article. But it’s obviously a key detail that they missed and they forgot to mention Izzie worked with IVP.
Making mistakes is okay if you acknowledge and learn from them. These are two important details of the situation around the allegations and to act righteous instead of apologize/own up to it, this article makes Nexus look really dumb.
Izzy is not affiliated with IVP, the only similarity between Izzy and IVP is that they actually care about survivors
oh hush, we all care about survivors. but getting paid THROUGH the isla vista party as well as having her personal graphics be used in the election is the definition of affiliation. i would bet money that if daniel won or if this was an ivp member, this would be a very different sequence of events.
she wasn’t paid, she made them for free
but like you really don’t care about survivors if you’re still aiming criticism towards one party rather than seeing the greater message behind this series of events and that there is finally a wake-up call to provide more support and advocation for survivors
what happened to due process? what happened to giving accusers a chance to defend themselves? and after reading daevionne’s statement…. it sounds like he did nothing wrong. izzy on the other hand, has harassed party members and her form of activism made all this way worse.
“sounds like he did nothing wrong”? that’s how we KNOW you don’t support survivors. Daevionne only addressed the SA allegation made of him during a conference. However, that is NOT the same allegation talked about in the Daily Nexus article — I would love to see Daevionne address that one with another poorly formatted letter defending himself. Surprise! Perpetrators often have multiple allegations against them and they often try to defend themselves by deflecting from the whole truth.
Would you prefer to never know about Biden and Trump’s allegations before voting on them unless they were settled in court?
Just to clarify, making graphics does not equate to an affiliation. Parties on campus reach out to artists/graphic designers to help them out with graphics every year — not to mention, this Izzy girl just reached out to her entire follower base to see if anyone wanted graphics (that means CU members could have taken her up on her services as well). Two years ago, I made graphics for a couple of friends who ran with CU and I am in no way affiliated with that party and would like to never be affiliated with them.
Even then, it’s absurd that these people think that everyone else who stands with survivors must be affiliated with IVP.
anyone and everyone, regardless of affiliation, should stand with survivors. that is why it is so unfortunate to see CU senators not give a fuck about survivors as they are not even capable of responding to numerous emails calling for said support.
Its awful that these things happen, especially in our community, but isnt putting this strongly on blast, further damaging for more than just the parties that should be involved. Advocate for resources to report sexual misconduct! Advocate for survivors to be understood and vouched for! But stop making it the business of 27,000 students (and beyond) and get justice the right way. Journalism is great, but please think before you type
this should be aimed at izzy. the proper channels were gonna handle it until she took it upon herself to make everyone’s day a lot worse. i BELIEVE survivors but their cases should not be championed via social media by an incompetent child.
Holding people accountable and making it public is the only thing you can do when those in power choose to do nothing. You’re welcome to not pay attention to it, but don’t rob the rest of us who like to be informed.
it’s sad izzy chose to leave out the detail that she had worked for ivp, even though she claims to be a journalist that prioritizes the truth, a lack of transparency from someone whose movement is only concerned with transparency??
she didn’t work for ivp. u have to be illiterate or a degenerate to still believe that shit.