Inside Higher Ed
August 26th, 2014
In headline after headline lately, the message is clear: Colleges and
universities must do more to stamp out sexual assault and harassment.
But how much is too much? It’s a question some are asking right now
at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where two philosophy
professors have been sanctioned in recent months for alleged offenses
that their supporters say do not merit the punishment they received.
One professor is facing dismissal for allegedly retaliating against a
graduate student who said she was sexually assaulted by another
philosophy student. The other professor has been reinstated after being
barred from campus. His alleged offense wasn’t sexual in nature, but
some on campus believe he was targeted for his affiliation with the
department; last year, it was put on notice by the administration after
an outside report detailed systemic sexual harassment in its ranks.