A group of students in the USC School for Cinematic Arts is petitioning to remove Bryan Singer's name from the Bryan Singer Division of Cinema & Media Studies program.
The petition, which was created Monday, says, "It is completely unacceptable that this prestigious department within our school still carries the name of Bryan Singer, a man accused multiple times of sexual harassment, assault, and pedophilia."
The petition has amassed almost 1,400 signatures in less than 24 hours.
In 2014, he was accused of drugging and raping an underage actor in 1999 during trips to Hawaii. The actor who brought the suit said he had met Singer at parties organized by Marc Collins-Rector, an entertainment executive who pleaded guilty to transporting minors across state lines for sex in 2004. Another suit quickly followed in May of 2014, this time brought by an anonymous plaintiff, alleging Singer had sexually assaulted him.
Singer denies all the allegations, and his attorney at the time told reporters that, "[He was] very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit. It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan's new movie is about to open in a few weeks," according to the Chicago Tribune.
One of the petition's creators, Emily Halaka, told Annenberg Media, "This is something they have to know about, the administration has to know about these allegations and they have to understand the culture of sexual assault and sexual misconduct that permeates Hollywood and the world in 2017 at large."
In an email to the SCA Community on Tuesday, the Dean of the School of Cinematic Arts, Elizabeth M. Daley, said that the school was aware of the petition and was "actively monitoring the situation."
"We are aware of the Change.org petition regarding the Bryan Singer Division of Cinema & Media Studies and appreciate the concerns of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff. We want to assure everyone that we are taking this matter very seriously and are monitoring the situation," she wrote.
The petition acknowledged that the school refused a donation from Harvey Weinstein, who has recently been accused by multiple women of sexual assault, but said that further action is needed.
"We applaud USC and SCA for refusing Harvey Weinstein's donation; however, this division name change is overdue, and it is a gross administrative error that it has been allowed to remain," it says. "It is only consistent with our institutional morality to make this change."
This story was updated at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday 11/7/2017 with Dean Elizabeth M. Daley's response to the petition.