Dear Members of the USF Community,
The University of San Francisco has recently received messages and has seen reports on social media alleging sexual misconduct by students who participated in the men’s intercollegiate soccer program. The stories that have been shared are deeply troubling and we thank individuals who have come forward. Reporting takes courage. The university is reviewing all information received to determine appropriate next steps, which includes an investigation that is now underway by USF’s Title IX office. We will continue to update you with details about the progress of the investigation as it moves forward.
The university takes these allegations seriously and our policy is clear: Sexual misconduct is not tolerated at USF.
The reports circulating online include allegations against former USF student athlete Manny Padilla, who graduated in 2017 and has been suspended from his current team, New Mexico United, pending an investigation. The university can confirm that Manny Padilla was involved in a case of sexual misconduct involving another USF student in 2015. After an investigation by USF’s Title IX office, Mr. Padilla was found to be responsible and, as a result, he received disciplinary sanctions from the university.
Beyond Mr. Padilla’s case specifically, the allegations on social media and elsewhere allege a culture of misconduct in the USF men’s soccer program generally. This, too, will be a focus of our investigation. The USF men’s soccer program has undergone a comprehensive change in leadership in the last year, including the hiring of an all new coaching staff.
We encourage anyone who experiences sexual misconduct, harassment, or other unwelcome behavior by a USF community member to report to the university and/or to local law enforcement. The university has detailed policies and procedures for both reporting and investigating these incidents.
Please note: The university provides comprehensive resources to students and employees needing support related to sexual misconduct and gender discrimination. A formal report is not required to access these resources, which are available in the Bay Area and nationally can be found on our Title IX website.
The USF community does not tolerate sex or gender discrimination, which includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and exploitation. We are committed to not just complying with the law, but to going beyond what is required by offering comprehensive support, education, and training to protect the safety and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff. That is at the heart of our Jesuit mission and we are unwavering in our commitment to it. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to support those who come forward and engage in prevention programs in order to strengthen a climate that fosters civility, mutual respect, and inclusivity for all members of our beloved community.
Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., President
Julie Orio, Vice President of Student Life
Joan McDermott, Director of Athletics