Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Heavy-Handed or Spot On?

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.



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