I have been quietly documenting sexual harassment cases in academia for over two years. In that time, I have created a database containing over 650 confirmed cases, plus over 80 cases undergoing investigation, in courts, or with hidden outcomes. Sexual misconduct in academia is the norm, not the other way around.

Want to learn about the impacts of sexual misconduct on the victims? A growing database of personal stories is now online – my own story to be added soon.

Which is all to say: stop arguing over whether or not this is a problem. Instead, look for solutions!

#MeToo #MeTooPhD #MeTooSTEM

Sexual Harassment and The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

It took me two hours (time I should have spent working on a grant proposal…), but I unearthed FIVE (5) confirmed sexual misconduct and ONE (1) ongoing investigation of sexual misconduct perpetrated by members of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

(1) 2015: Geoff Marcy, Berkeley. RESIGNED, NOW EMERITUS FACULTY. http://www.buzzfeed.com/azeenghorayshi/famous-astronomer-allegedly-sexually-harassed-students  *Member of U.S. National Academy of Sciences, elected 2002; http://www.nasonline.org/member-directory/members/3012587.html

(2) 2017 (for harassment complaint in 2016): Sergio Verdu, Princeton University. “RESPONSIBLE FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT”. REQUIRED TO ATTEND TRAINING. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/princeton-professor-sexual-harassment-not-punished_us_5a01d203e4b0368a4e872655 *Member of U.S. National Academy of Engineering, elected 2007; https://www.nae.edu/MembersSection/MemberDirectory/31004.aspx

(3) 1995: Thomas Stamey, Stanford. PERMANENT REDUCTION IN PAY.  http://www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/morgue/news/1995_Apr_28.HARASS.html *Member of U.S. National Academy of Medicine, elected 1985; https://nam.edu/member/?member_id=J3iVHZqp6C636SImDGoL8A%3D%3D.

(4) 2007: Joseph Schlessinger, Yale. LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2006/12/01/univ-faces-harassment-lawsuit/ AND http://archives.yalealumnimagazine.com/issues/2007_07/l_v.html *Member of U.S. National Academy of Medicine, elected 2005; https://nam.edu/member/?member_id=%2F5fHcrRUc1bVCdcMyWHNlA%3D%3D

(5) 2018: Thomas Jessell, Columbia University. FIRED FOR VIOLATING CONSENSUAL RELATIONSHIP POLICY. https://www.columbiaspectator.com/news/2018/04/12/before-removal-mbbi-director-thomas-jessell-engaged-in-years-long-relationship-that-violated-columbia-policy/ *Member of U.S. National Academy of Sciences, elected 2002; http://www.nasonline.org/member-directory/members/46092.html

(6) 2018. Salk Institute (trains graduate students enrolled at UCSD). INVESTIGATION ONGOING AND ACCUSED ON LEAVE. https://www.chronicle.com/article/Famous-Cancer-Researcher/243268 *Accused is member of National Academy of Medicine, elected 1999; https://nam.edu/member/?member_id=zIzkUxI0b3O9h0hDNmaWOQ%3D%3D

Fixing Sexual Misconduct Investigations of Faculty, Staff, and Other Non-Students at Michigan State

Several months ago, I wrote memo to higher-ups at MSU detailing my experiences with the Title IX investigation process and the institutional response once a finding was made against the man who was found to have physically harassed me. Responses were mostly positive and affirmed my sense that some of the systemic issues with MSU’s response to sexual harassment were recognized and fixable. I have decided to post the text of the memos (with names and details redacted) in hopes that this can encourage deeper conversation both here at MSU and in other institutions where small changes could have big impact on sexual misconduct investigations and outcomes.


Feb 9, 2018

To MSU Administration:

Based on my recent personal experience with the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) in filing a sexual harassment complaint (after being sexually [harassed] by an Emeritus Professor at a retirement event on campus), I have identified several reforms that would improve MSU’s sexual harassment complaint procedures.

I am hopeful that now is an opportune time to make sure my voice is heard as MSU works for positive reform. The negative effect of the sexual harassment itself was compounded by MSU’s current investigative process; in many ways, the investigation prolonged and added to the stress and trauma of the incident itself. While these negative impacts are ongoing, I chose to wait to send this memo until I felt that MSU was in a position to address my concerns. MSU’s reaction to sexual harassment complaints should incorporate a realization of the full impact sexual harassment can have on personal and professional lives, and I hope that MSU’s dedication to reform the sexual harassment investigative process will include changes in protocol, policies, and procedures. I offer six recommendations based on my experience:

  1. After my [harassment] was reported to OIE, I received an email from an investigator asking if I wanted to file a complaint. When I did meet with the investigator, the meeting focused entirely on the steps that would be taken in filing a complaint.
    • At the time, I was still traumatized by my [harassment] even though it had occurred several years earlier. Rehashing the [harassment] , even non-verbally, caused significant emotional trauma that might have been lessened if a support person trained in sexual harassment/assault had been provided.
      • Recommendation: Provide complainants with a support person to assist them through the process. These should be trained individuals who are either volunteers or are independent of the university. This would mirror recent legislation passed by the US House of Representatives to establish an office for victim advocacy.
  1. The availability and nature of the two types of procedures for Title IX investigations at MSU – informal and formal – was and remains unclear, even upon careful review of the written OIE Complaint Procedures.
    • In my case, the investigator did mention the informal and formal processes, but did not clearly: 1) explain that an informal or formal process was available; 2) ask if I wished to pursue an informal or formal process; and 3) explain what the outcomes of an informal or formal process would be.
      • Recommendation: Develop clear written guidance to explain the availability of informal and formal processes at the beginning of a meeting with an investigator, including what will and will not happen within the context of each process. This should include a clear question asking claimants which process they are interested in initiating.
      • [Note: I have since learned that the informal process was truly informal and did not exist in policy until after I filed my complaint. The recommendation stands, however, as it is still unclear what an “informal” process would look like and result in.]
  1. Anonymity was not maintained in my case after the report was sent to Academic Human Resources.
    • During the investigation, the investigator indicated that OIE had informed my Dean’s office that a complaint had been filed. At that time, I was assured that my name was not shared and that no one other than the Dean’s office was aware a complaint was being investigated.
    • Although I was notified when the report was finalized that it would be sent to Academic Human Resources, there was no further information about what this meant. As a Professor with a dozen years on campus, I was able to track down an appropriate contact in Academic Human Resources.
    • By the time I was able to identify and contact the appropriate person in Academic Human Resources, the entirety of my report had already been distributed to my Dean and my Chair[1]. This included my name as well as personal details about my health, and I was unaware that the report would be shared in this way.
    • Academic Human Resources and OIE offered conflicting information about who should have been contacted, with what information, and by whom. This resulted in additional stress on my part as my Chair and Dean were brought into the conversation.
      • Recommendation: Establish clear guidance for how OIE documents move through the university system, including procedures for notifying complainants and respondents when and to whom materials are distributed after an investigation is completed.
  1. The sanctioning process relies on unit administrators who are inexpert at handling sexual misconduct and who will have an inherent conflict-of-interest.
    • There are no procedures in place to protect complainants when they are housed under the same unit administrator as respondents. It is unlikely that a unit administrator can adequately and simultaneously protect a complainant and sanction a respondent. In my case, my Chair was in an impossible situation of being asked to protect a Professor while simultaneously needing to sanction an Emeritus Professor with significant name recognition (e.g., there is an Endowed Chair named after him). The Dean’s office was thankfully able to step in and offer a sanction that ensured I was protected; until it did, it was difficult to understand how the process was avoiding bias.
      • Recommendation: Move decision-making around sanctions out of the hands of the unit administrator. Sanctions should be determined by an impartial entity, and impartiality cannot be maintained within a unit that has a vested interest in protecting the complainant, or the respondent, or both. Sanctions can be determined by a panel, as occurs with students, or by the appropriate HR office, or through some alternative impartial entity.
      • Recommendation: Encourage complainants to articulate sanctions that they feel would be effective for their physical and emotional well being. Incorporate this perspective into decision-making. It is unclear in my mind how complainants are included, if at all, in most of the decision-making around sexual harassment findings.
  1. The limited sharing of information around the sanctioning process places complainants in unnecessary danger.
    • In my case, I was not informed when a letter detailing sanctions was sent to my [harasser]. My [harasser] showed up outside of my home and engaged my spouse (who did not know my [harasser]) in conversation while I fled the scene and notified the police. I later learned that this invasion of my privacy occurred close in time to the sending of the sanctions letter.
      • Recommendation: Provide complainants with notification whenever action is taken on the case.
  1. Finally, the lack of transparency around sexual harassment findings means that the community at large is not being protected from continued sexual harassment. In addition, colleagues unaware of sexual harassment incidents may unwittingly trigger their colleagues or students. In my case, [redacted] I am continually faced with reminders of the assault [redacted] (including at a faculty meeting this week). In other cases, serial sexual harassers may not be identified because 1) complainants are not informed of prior investigations and 2) individuals often come forward with complaints only after they learn of an ongoing investigation. Certainly, I have no way of knowing if my harasser engaged in sexual misconduct towards others and other potential victims have no way of knowing that a formal complaint was made against my harasser.
    • Recommendation: Establish mechanisms for alerting the community when an individual is found to have committed sexual harassment. Alerts might contain the harasser’s name and the specific violation under the sexual harassment policy. Transparency is the first step towards equity.

Implementing any of the above recommendations would improve the current system, and implementing all or most these recommendations would go a long way in protecting victims. I am hopeful that MSU will find space to support students, faculty, and staff who have been victimized by sexual, racial or other harassment. We as a community should honor lived experiences and incorporate experienced voices into the decision-making process.

[1] Guidelines for Issuing Disciplinary Sanctions: Faculty and Academic Staff became effective on April 26, 2017. This document explains that unit administrators are responsible for disciplinary action when faculty/staff are respondents in a complaint. This information was not available at the time of my complaint. Note that this document still does not provide information about how sanctions will be imposed on members of the MSU community who are non-employees (in my case, an Emeritus Professor).


Lots of university administrators commit sexual harassment and assault…Even Title IX staff…

Complete as of March 16, 2018. For the most up-to-date list of cases and to see additional cases across institutions and disciplines, visit NOT A FLUKE.

It has been two years since I began compiling cases of academic sexual misconduct perpetrated by faculty, staff, and administrators. This seems like a good time to post about individual groups and disciplines.

See also: College Presidents, Provosts, Vice Presidents/Provosts, Deans/Associate Deans

OTHER (Directors, Special Assistants, etc. – includes TITLE IX staff!) (44)
(1) 1984: Stanley DeRusha, Band Director, Michigan State University. PANEL FINDING OF 14 COUNTS, RESIGNED, HIRED/FIRED AT NEXT JOB. http://tinyurl.com/jehpybm AND http://tinyurl.com/hnlvnqw (opens PDF).

(2) 1991: Richard Cheung, Assistant Director of Intramural Athletics, Stockton State College. GUILTY PLEA/LAWSUIT SETTLED BY COLLEGE. http://chronicle.com/article/Stockton-State-Offers-501000/80499

(3) 1995: Sean Casey, Athletic Director, University of Maine-Machias. RESIGNED UNDER CONFIDENTIAL AGREEMENT. http://archive.bangordailynews.com/1995/04/10/athletic-director-resigns-umm-coach-center-of-harassment-probe/

(4) 1997: Joseph Demko, Financial Aid Officer/Director, Luzerne County Community College. FIRED. http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/FSupp2/113/722/2577165/

(5) 1999: C. Wayne Jones, Campus Director, Western Kentucky University-Glasgow. RESIGNED. http://chronicle.com/article/Questions-Raised-on-Handling/11349

(6) 2001: Charles B. Darke, Director of the Student Health Center, California State University-Fullerton. DEMOTED/RETIRED, LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://articles.latimes.com/2001/jun/23/local/me-13863

(7) 2002: Earnest W. Porta Jr., Director of Office of Treasury Services, Georgetown University. JURY AWARD OF OVER $1 MILLION TO ACCUSER. http://chronicle.com/article/Georgetown-Ordered-to-Pay/6775

(8) 2004: Earl Hill, Athletic Director, Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College. LEGAL FINDING OF FACT. http://caselaw.findlaw.com/la-court-of-appeal/1114285.html

(9) 2006: Orikaye Brown-West, Director of Facilities Management & Public Safety and Instructor, Roxbury Community College. FIRED. http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/03/27/report-details-pattern-lapses-roxbury-community-college-administrators/tutkkizv1zF8jjlKsQZEzO/story.html AND http://tinyurl.com/jos4fvs

(10) 2007: Robert L. Davis, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Eastern Oregon University. LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://chronicle.com/article/Eastern-Oregon-U-Settles-One/27696

(11) 2007: Manuel Ortiz, Campus Director, University of Phoenix. FIRED IN 2004, LAWSUIT SETTLED IN 2007. https://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/settlements/09169/college-employee-gender-harassment.html AND http://tinyurl.com/jm2z93c (opens a PDF)

(12) 2008: Arthur Lopez, Director of Financial Aid, Southwestern College. RESIGNED. http://legacy.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/metro/20080607-9999-1m7resign.html

(13) 2010: LaVonette Bartley (see John Knight, below), Associate Executive Director in the office of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Alabama State University. RETIRED. JURY AWARD OF OVER $1 MILLION. http://www.amren.com/news/2012/02/justice-is-served-jury-returns-more-than-1m-sexual-harassment-verdict-against-alabama-state-university/ AND http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/04/alabama-sex-harassment-n-word/2762491/

(14) 2010: John Knight (see LaVonette Bartley above), Special Assistant to the President and Interim President, Alabama State University.  JURY AWARD OF OVER $1 MILLION. https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2013/09/04/appeals-court-upholds-1m-harassment-verdict-against-alabama-state-u

(15-17) 2011: THREE UNNAMED SUPERVISORS, Anthem College Online. SETTLEMENT PAID IN RESPONSE TO EEOC LAWSUIT. https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/5-19-11.cfm

(18) 2011: Robert Bailey Jr., Office of University Development, Virginia Tech. LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://hamptonroads.com/2011/10/va-tech-settles-sexual-harassment-lawsuit-60000

(19) 2011: George Bright-Abu, Supervisor – Work Study, Howard University. IMPRISONED. http://wjla.com/news/local/5-students-sue-howard-univ-for-failure-to-protect-them-against-sexual-assault-by-employee-69809

(20) 2011: Moises Salinas, Chief Diversity Officer, Central Connecticut State University. PLED GUILTY TO ASSAULT AND RESIGNED. http://articles.courant.com/2011-03-09/news/hc-ccsu-salinas-sexual-assault-0310-20110309_1_no-contest-plea-guilty-plea-moises-salinas

(21) 2011: Jaime Contreras, Director of Student Affairs, Washington State University Tri-Cities. RESIGNED, SEXUAL AND RACE-BASED HARASSMENT FINDING. http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article32016564.html

(22) 2012: John Chadima, Senior Associate Athletic Director, University of Wisconsin. RESIGNED. http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/university/report-chadima-resigned-over-allegation-of-unwanted-sexual-contact/article_175bf5a2-46e4-11e1-870b-0019bb2963f4.html

(23) 2012: Peter Gray, Associate Director of Athletics Student Services, University of Iowa. RESIGNED. http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/8631760/peter-gray-former-iowa-hawkeyes-official-had-fired-previously-coastal-carolina-chanticleers AND http://www.blackheartgoldpants.com/2012/11/9/3625186/iowa-athletics-peter-gray-sexual-harassment

(24) 2013: Rod Raymonds, Wellness Director, University of Minnesota Duluth. FIRED. http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/local/UMD-Terminates-Wellness-Director-Rod-Raymond-208568341.html

(25) 2013: Jim Fiore, Athletic Director. DISMISSED – UNIVERSITY BOUGHT OUT 31 MONTHS OF HIS CONTRACT. http://www.newsday.com/sports/college/stony-brook/harassment-complaint-led-to-stony-brook-athletic-director-s-firing-source-says-1.6509561

(26) 2013: William Elger, Chief Financial Officer, University of Texas Medical Branch. RESIGNED (SORT OF – READ ARTICLE). http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/health/article/After-harassment-claims-UTMB-officials-got-new-5398415.php

(27) 2013: Jenny Wright, Director of the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. FIRED FOR IMPROPER RELATIONSHIPS WITH STUDENTS. http://knoxblogs.com/humphreyhill/2013/05/14/ut_fires_administrator_amid_re/

(28) 2014: , E, University of Georgia. RESIGNED OVER INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIP. http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/college/relationship-with-subordinate-led-to-resignation-o/nhT6S/

(29) 2015: Nicholas Ltaif, Director of Academic Computing, Schenectady County Community College.  FIRED. http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2015/sep/08/0908_sccc/?print

(30) 2015: Norwood Teague, Athletic Director, University of Minnesota. RESIGNED. http://www.startribune.com/u-s-teague-quits-after-groping-women-sending-graphic-texts/321038541/

(31) 2015: Mike Ellis, Associate Athletic Director, University of Minnesota. PAID LEAVE http://www.startribune.com/complaints-sideline-another-athletics-administrator-at-the-university-of-minnesota/324085181/ BEFORE RESIGNING. http://www.fox9.com/news/45509036-story

(32) 2015: Scott Eaton, Athletic Director, Northern Kentucky University. FIRED FOR UNRELATED ETHICS VIOLATIONS, LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/your-watchdog/2015/02/15/nku-paid-former-worker-avoid-sex-lawsuit/23360623/

(33) 2015: Jim Selbe, Special Assistant to the Chancellor (and former President), Hopkinsville Community College. RESIGNED. http://wkms.org/post/former-hcc-president-resigns-kctcs-amid-allegations-harassment#stream/0

(34) 2015: Joseph M. Bekken, Financial Aid Director, North Idaho College. PLED GUILTY TO OFFERING TO TRADE FINANCIAL AID FOR SEXUAL FAVORS FROM STUDENTS. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/aug/21/former-north-idaho-college-official-pleads-guilty/

(35) 2017: Xuesong “Gary” Yang, Visiting Admissions Counselor/Student Advisor, University of Illinois – Springfield. QUIT ONE WEEK BEFORE COMPLAINT, RAPE CHARGES FILED. http://illinoistimes.com/article-18190-springfield-businessman-charged-with-raping-uis-student.html

(36) 2017: Jumaane Peterson, Administrative Specialist, University of California – Los Angeles. FIRED FOR TAKING UP-SKIRT PHOTOS. https://ucla.app.box.com/s/y9zgx73mxtbl0a1774gt5jqzdsk3ecs1/1/20289853308/141212899617/1

(37) 2017: Rudy Thomas, Director of Strength and Conditioning in Athletics, University of California – San Diego. FORMER EMPLOYEE. http://www.dailycal.org/2017/02/28/its-rampant-documents-reveal-113-uc-employees-violated-sex-misconduct-policy-in-past-3-years/

(38) 2017: Chris Loschiavo, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, University of Florida. FORMER EMPLOYEE – USED UNIVERSITY EMAIL TO ORDER PORN. FIRED FROM NEW POSITION (Title IX coordinator of Florida Polytechnic University) WHEN THEY LEARNED OF REASON HE LEFT FLORIDA. http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170530/two-uf-administrators-lose-jobs-over-poor-judgment

(39) 2017: Randy Handel, Associate Athletic Director of Development, University of Minnesota. FOUND TO HAVE SEXUALLY HARASSED AN EMPLOYEE. http://kstp.com/news/randy-handel-university-of-minnesota-sexual-harrassment/4479772/?cat=1

(40) 2017: Nicole Rovig, Registrar, Michigan State University. FOUND TO HAVE VIOLATED THE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT POLICY TOWARDS AN EMPLOYEE. http://wlns.com/2017/06/15/a-top-msu-official-resigns-amid-sexual-misconduct-investigation/amp/

(41) 2017: Andrew Simmons, Academic Advisor, University of California – Irvine. PLACED ON LEAVE, RESIGNED. http://projects.dailycal.org/misconduct/case/irvine-andrew-simmons-87/

(42 2017: Eric Buskirk, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development, University of California – Riverside. PLACED ON LEAVE, RESIGNED. http://projects.dailycal.org/misconduct/case/riverside-eric-buskirk-94/

(43) 2017: NAME UNKNOWN, Responsible for International Fundraising, University of California – Davis. RESIGNED/RETIRED BEFORE INVESTIGATION COMPLETED. http://projects.dailycal.org/misconduct/case/davis-name-redacted-47/

(44) 2017 (from 2014): Jay Boisseau, Director of Computing Center, University of Texas. RESIGNED IN JAN 2014, SUBSEQUENT INVESTIGATION FOUND “COMPELLING EVIDENCE” FOR FAILURE TO DISCLOSE A ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP. http://www.mystatesman.com/news/computer-chief-chemistry-prof-quit-amid-sexual-misconduct-inquiries/PBHBtdGfaxUAPA2MaPgT7L/

Deans and Associate Deans often decide sexual misconduct policies and cases, but they can commit sexual harassment and assault, too…

Complete as of March 16, 2018. For the most up-to-date list of cases and to see additional cases across institutions and disciplines, visit NOT A FLUKE.

It has been two years since I began compiling cases of academic sexual misconduct perpetrated by faculty, staff, and administrators. This seems like a good time to post about individual groups and disciplines.

DEANS (20)
(1) 1986: Andrew Hughey, Dean of Applied Arts and Sciences, San Jose State University. RESIGNED AS DEAN/ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE FROM UNIVERSITY/LAWSUIT FILED – OUTCOME UNKNOWN. http://tinyurl.com/htel5vm (opens PDF)

(2) 1989: Mohammed A. Malik, Dean of Academic Affairs, Roxbury Community College. RESIGNED. https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-8123359.html

(3) 1992: George P. Melican, Dean of Huntington Beach Campus, Coastline Community College. RESIGNED. http://articles.latimes.com/1992-03-06/news/mn-3520_1_community-college-district

(4) 1999: Hamilton McCubbin, Dean of the School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin. LAWSUIT SETTLED AND RESIGNED FROM NEXT JOB AFTER SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS. http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/May/07/ln/ln04a.html

(5) 2002: John P. Dwyer, Dean of Law School, UC Berkeley. RESIGNED. http://articles.latimes.com/2002/dec/09/local/me-dwyer9

(6) 2007: Peter Cookson, Dean of Graduate School of Education and Counseling, Lewis & Clark College. LAWSUIT SETTLED, RESIGNED. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-7564-untoward_mentor.html

(7) 2009: Vernard Grice, Interim Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education, St. Philip’s College. FIRED. https://www.courtlistener.com/opinion/3118307/vernard-grice-v-alamo-community-college-district-a/

(8) 2009: John W. Francis (THREE TIMES!!!), Dean of Arts and Sciences, Columbus State Community College and Instructor, Germanna Community College. ORDERED TO TAKE SEXUAL HARASSMENT TRAINING AT COLUMBUS, PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE AT GERMANNA. http://www.dailyprogress.com/archives/new-dean-suspended-at-gcc/article_59a152d4-a51b-5878-bef6-d620c1d4012d.html AND ALSO FIRED FROM OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH http://www.cantonrep.com/article/20091023/News/310239742

(9) 2011: James Schwartz, Dean, El Camino College. TWO LAWSUITS SETTLED FOR $2.5 MILLION AND $750,000, RETIRED. http://www.dailybreeze.com/article/ZZ/20110227/NEWS/110228142

(10) 2012: James Stuckey, Dean of Schack Real Estate Institute, NYU. RESIGNED. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2012/01/nyu-is-battling-a-sexual-harassment-scandal.html AND LAWSUIT IS ONGOING http://therealdeal.com/2015/06/24/forest-city-must-provide-any-info-on-sexual-harassment-against-former-exec/

(11) 2013: Alan Bearman, Dean of Libraries, Washburn University. LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://cjonline.com/news/2013-06-03/former-employee-files-suit-against-washburn-library-dean

(12) 2013: Peter Lach, Dean of the School of Fine Arts, Fairmont State University. FIRED AND CHARGED WITH ASSAULT. http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=view&section=5-News&item=5-NEWS-UPDATE-Fairmont-State-Terminates-Dean-After-Sexual-Assault-Charge11121

(13) 2013: James William Murphy, Dean of the College of Business, Winona State University. FIRED. http://www.winonadailynews.com/news/local/education/wsu-dean-fired-for-sexual-misconduct-investigation-says-murphy-took/article_774db8c4-6cf9-11e2-a635-001a4bcf887a.html

(14) 2015: Lawrence Mitchell, Dean of Law School, Case Western Reserve University. RESIGNED and SETTLED LAWSUIT. http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2015/09/23/former-cwru-law-school-dean-lawrence-mitchell-was-supposed-to-return-to-cwru-faculty-this-year-thankfully-that-didnt-happen

(15) 2015: Robert Hill, Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, University of North Dakota. RESIGNED. http://www.inforum.com/news/3907381-und-dean-resigns-after-claims-unwelcoming-behavior-sexual-references

(16) 2015: George Ranalli, Dean of School of Architecture, City University of New York. “DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS” https://nypost.com/2015/08/02/cuny-dean-on-leave-amid-sexual-harassment-probe/ AND LAWSUIT SETTLED https://www.plainsite.org/dockets/2mqcp5rxa/new-york-southern-district-court/campisi-v-the-city-university-of-new-york-et-al/

(17) 2016: Sujit Choudhry, Dean of Law School, University of California – Berkeley. 10-PERCENT REDUCTION IN SALARY FOR ONE-YEAR, LEAVE OF ABSENCE FROM DEANSHIP, BACK ON FACULTY. http://chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/berkeley-law-school-dean-sued-for-sexual-harassment/109355

(18) 2016: Andrew Curran, Dean of Arts and Humanities, Wesleyan University. UNIVERSITY SETTLED LAWSUIT. Note: The lawsuit hinged, in part, on claims that the university failed to adequately investigate the sexual harassment. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/04/08/professors-lawsuit-alleges-harassment-retaliation-former-wesleyan-u-dean AND http://www.courant.com/education/hc-wesleyan-sexual-harassment-lawsuit-0715-20160914-story.html

(19) 2017 (finding in 2014): Joseph Lewis, Dean of School of Arts, University of California – Irvine. STEPPED DOWN AS DEAN. http://dailybruin.com/2017/03/02/uc-irvine-dean-maintained-majority-of-salary-after-title-ix-violations/

(20) 2018: Jeffrey Standen, Dean of Law School, Northern Kentucky University. RESIGNED. https://www.thenortherner.com/news/2018/02/21/after-harassment-complaints-chase-dean-resigned-in-dec-but-could-be-professor-next-fall/

(1) 1993: David Hayes, Associate Dean of Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, University of Houston. THIRTY DAYS IN JAIL ON MISDEMEANOR. http://chronicle.com/article/Dean-Is-Jailed-for-Sexual/73849

(2) 1993: James R. Tewhey, Associate Dean for Residence and Campus Activities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. RESIGNED. http://www.mit.edu/activities/safe/cases/mit-tewhey/tewhey-resign-report AND http://tech.mit.edu/V113/N61/mcad.61n.html

(3) 2008: Larry Olsen, Associate Dean of the College of Health and Social Services, New Mexico State University. RESIGNED AND FINDING OF FACT. http://abqjournal.com/news/state/302542nm04-24-08.htm

(4) 2014: Jude A. Fabiano, Associate Dean of the Dental School, SUNY-Buffalo. SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY, LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/federal-court/university-at-buffalo-to-pay-amherst-woman-in-sex-harassment-settlement-20130831

(5) 2015: Adam Drisin, Senior Associate Dean of Architecture. Florida International University. RESIGNED AND LAWSUIT FILED. http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/former-fiu-architecture-dean-accused-of-raping-student-on-study-abroad-trip-8435734

What? Vice Provosts and Presidents and Chancellors commit sexual harassment?

Complete as of March 16, 2018. For the most up-to-date list of cases and to see additional cases across institutions and disciplines, visit NOT A FLUKE.

It has been two years since I began compiling cases of academic sexual misconduct perpetrated by faculty, staff, and administrators. This seems like a good time to post about individual groups and disciplines.

(1) 1991: David McIntire, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Missouri-Columbia. RESIGNED POST, REMAINED ON FACULTY. http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1991/University-Official-Accused-of-Sexual-Harassment-Denied-$84-000-Leave/id-a3749efcea6a74199b044a6c031b11f1

(2) 1993: J. Floyd Tyler, Senior Vice-President for Business Affairs, College of Charleston. RETIRED/INSURANCE FUND PAYMENT TO STUDENT. http://chronicle.com/article/Student-Gets-75000-in/70603

(3) 1993: Mark Urban, Deputy Vice President of University Development and Alumni Relations, Columbia University. RESIGNED AFTER UNIVERSITY INVESTIGATION. http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/FSupp/812/413/1761741/

(4) 2005: Keith Parker, Associate Provost for Institutional Diversity, University of Georgia. DEMOTED. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2005/08/01/uga

(5) 2008: Isaac Sanders, Vice President of Advancement, East Stroudsburg University. SUSPENDED THEN FIRED. http://www.poconorecord.com/article/20140416/NEWS/404160321

(6) 2008: Greg Sandoval, Vice President for Student Affair, Southwestern College. RESIGNED. http://legacy.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/metro/20080607-9999-1m7resign.html

(7) 2008: Robert Shindell, Associate Vice President for Recruiting and Admissions, Texas Tech University. CHARGES “SUBSTANTIATED”, RESIGNED. http://lubbockonline.com/stories/061208/cri_289491671.shtml#.VuAxvymlpDl

(8) 2012: Diane Leite, Assistant Vice Chancellor, University of California-Berkeley. REASSIGNED TO NEW POSITION. http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_20183348/uc-berkeley-professors-condemn-light-punishment-administrator

(9) 2014: Graham Fleming, Vice Chancellor for Research, UC Berkeley. RESIGNED. http://www.dailycal.org/2015/04/12/uc-berkeley-vice-chancellor-for-research-resigns-after-sexual-harassment-allegations/

(10) 2014: Marvin Roberts, Assistant Vice President of Student Engagement and Diversity, Utah State University. FIRED. http://www.sltrib.com/news/1794027-155/roberts-student-police-university-alleged-usu

(11) 2015: Jesse Acosta, Vice President of Administration and Chief Business Officer, University of Texas – Tyler. RESIGNED. http://www.tylerpaper.com/TP-News+Local/221240/ut-tyler-vp-resigns-after-investigation

(12) 2015: Jeffrey Luftig, Associate Vice Chancellor for Process Innovation, University of Colorado. RETIRED AND LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://www.campussafetymagazine.com/article/univ_of_colo_paying_80k_to_settle_sexual_harassment_lawsuit/Lawsuits#

(13) 2015: Han Reichgelt, Regional Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, University of South Florida – St. Petersburg. FOUND IN VIOLATION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY. RESIGNED POST AND JOINED FACULTY AS ONLINE INSTRUCTOR. See link for details and documents: http://crowsneststpete.com/2016/11/21/sexual-harassment-incident-led-to-ouster-of-top-academic-officer/

(14) 2016: T.W. Cauthen, Associate Vice President for Academic, Campus and Community Partnerships in the Division of Student Affairs, University of Georgia. RESIGNED OVER INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIPS. http://flagpole.com/news/in-the-loop/uga-administrator-resigns-after-reports-of-inappropriate-relationships

(15) 2017: David Carrera, Vice President of Advancement and Health Sciences Development, University of Southern California. “LEFT JOB” IN MIDST OF ONGOING SEXUAL HARASSMENT INVESTIGATION. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-usc-fundraising-harassment-20171011-story.html

Provosts and Chancellors commit sexual harassment too…

Complete as of March 16, 2018. For the most up-to-date list of cases and to see additional cases across institutions and disciplines, visit NOT A FLUKE.

It has been two years since I began compiling cases of academic sexual misconduct perpetrated by faculty, staff, and administrators. This seems like a good time to post about individual groups and disciplines.

(1) 1987: H. Daniel Cohen, Chancellor, Indiana University South Bend. RESIGNED FROM POSITION – RETAINED POSITION AS TENURED PHYSICS PROFESSOR – AND LOST CIVIL LAWSUIT. (Note – he did it again – see PHYSICS FACULTY, below). http://indianalawblog.com/archives/2009/08/ind_decisions_r_31.html

(2) 1997: Chernoh Sesay, Provost. RESIGNED TO BECOME PROVOST AT PATERSON COLLEGE. JURY AWARD OF $200,000 TO ACCUSER. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1997-12-17/news/9712170272_1_provost-tenured-professor-awarded

(3) 2003: Fred Gaskin, Chancellor, Maricopa Community College District. FIRED. http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/local/education/article_3ae669e9-8556-5b39-b651-7b12ce7f8139.html

(4) 2011: Garland Anderson, Provost, University of Texas Medical Branch. RESIGNED (SORT OF – READ ARTICLE). http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/health/article/After-harassment-claims-UTMB-officials-got-new-5398415.php

(5) 2012: Roy Flores, Chancellor, Pima Community College. RETIRED AND LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/20221749/pima-college-settled-sexual-harrassment-claim

(6) 2013: Rosalyn Templeton, Provost, Montana State University-Northern. FIRED, HEARING OFFICER AWARDS DAMAGES TO COMPLAINANT IN 2016. http://flatheadbeacon.com/2016/04/26/hearing-officer-awards-175k-harassed-msu-northern-dean/

Did you know at least 29 college presidents have been found in violation of sexual misconduct or harassment policies?

Complete as of March 16, 2018. For the most up-to-date list of cases and to see additional cases across institutions and disciplines, visit NOT A FLUKE.

It has been two years since I began compiling cases of academic sexual misconduct perpetrated by faculty, staff, and administrators. This seems like a good time to post about individual groups and disciplines.

(1) 1982: Ambrose Garner, President, Hillsborough Community College. SUSPENDED FOR THREE MONTHS. https://casetext.com/case/garner-v-state-comn-of-ethics

(2) 1984: Geoffrey Peters, President and Dean, William Mitchell College of Law. RESIGNED http://www.nytimes.com/1984/03/23/us/minnesota-law-school-sued-in-a-sexual-harassment-case.html AND LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://tinyurl.com/hrxz9lp

(3) 1986: Francis J. Pilecki, President, Westfield State College. SUSPENSION RECOMMENDED, RESIGNED. http://www.nytimes.com/1986/07/02/us/college-sexual-assault-case-stirs-massachusetts.html

(4) 1987: William S. Gaither, President, Drexel University. RESIGNED. http://articles.philly.com/1987-10-25/news/26212499_1_college-presidents-leadership-style-gaither

(5) 1992: James B. Holderman, President, University of South Carolina. RESIGNED, IMPRISONED FOR UNRELATED CHARGES. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1991-12-08/news/9112080586_1_holderman-usc-president-tenured AND http://www.thestate.com/news/special-reports/state-125/article52824590.html

(6) 1993: Leon Howard, President, Alabama State University. JURY FINDING OF FACT http://chronicle.com/article/Jury-Determines-Ex-President/70533 AND LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://chronicle.com/article/Alabama-State-to-Pay-575000/72829

(7) 1994: John N. Mangieri, President, Arkansas State University. FIRED/STRIPPED OF TENURE. http://chronicle.com/article/Ex-President-of-Arkansas-State/84403

(8) 1995: J. Gilbert Leal, President, Texas State Technical College. SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY FOR THREE MONTHS FOR “INAPPROPRIATE” RELATIONSHIP. http://chronicle.com/article/Texas-President-Suspended-for/83867

(9) 1995: Donald Bronsard, President, Luzerne County Community College. RESIGNED. http://archives.timesleader.com/1995/1995_16/1995_11_01_BRONSARD_AT_COLLEGE_IN_FLORIDA_HE_WAS_FORCED_TO_RESIGN_AS_LCCC_P.html AND http://archive.timesleader.com/1995/1995_05/1995_03_24_ACCUSERS__LAWYER_WANTS_LCCC_REPORT_PUBLIC_THE_DOCUMENT_REPORTEDL.html

(10) 1999: Gilbert M. Dominguez, President, Imperial Valley College. LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://chronicle.com/article/College-Agrees-to-Settle/23153

(11) 2000: Charles D. Hays, President, Century College. RESIGNED. http://chronicle.com/article/College-President-Resigns/105074

(12) 2000: David Rubino, President, Gannon University. RESIGNED. http://www.leagle.com/decision/20041016350FSupp2d666_1960/PETRUSKA%20v.%20GANNON%20UNIVERSITY

(13) 2001: Owen Cargol, President, Northern Arizona University. RESIGNED http://wc.arizona.edu/papers/95/62/01_5.html AND WAS HIRED IN 2007 AS CHANCELLOR FOR AMERICAN UNIVERSITY-IRAQ. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/06/11/not-our-best-and-brightest

(14) 2002: Arthur R. Taylor, President, Muhlenberg College. RESIGNED. http://chronicle.com/article/Muhlenberg-President-Quits/12618

(15) 2002: Arnold J. Levine, President, Rockefeller University. RESIGNED. http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/11/nyregion/amid-inquiry-president-of-rockefeller-u-resigns.html

(16) 2004 (and in 1995): Lee E. Monroe, President, Paul Quinn College in 1995 (http://chronicle.com/article/5-Million-Lawsuit-Accuses/97333) and Voorhees College in 2004. LEGAL FINDING OF FACT IN 2004. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2007/05/02/voorhees

(17) 2006: Leroy Sanchez, President, Luna Community College. RETIRED, U.S. DEPT. OF JUSTICE FILED LAWSUIT AGAINST SCHOOL. http://chronicle.com/article/Federal-Lawsuit-Accuses/42220

(18) 2006: Philip M. Ringle, President, Truckee Meadows Community College. LEGAL FINDING OF FACT. Read summary and comments: http://nv.findacase.com/research/wfrmDocViewer.aspx/xq/fac.20051222_0000028.DNV.htm/qx AND http://chronicle.com/article/College-Settles-Sex-Harassment/36950

(19) 2006: Charles Carlsen, President, Johnson County Community College. RETIRED. http://cjonline.com/stories/102106/kan_carlsen.shtml#.Vt7j_ymlpDk

(20) 2006: Craig J. Franz, President, Saint Mary’s College of California. RESIGNED FROM POSITION AT SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA (WHERE HE WENT AFTER LEAVING POST IN CALIFORNIA). https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2006/12/21/franz

(21) 2007: Sidney A. McPhee, President, Middle Tennessee State University. ONE YEAR SALARY REDUCTION, REQUIRED SEXUAL HARASSMENT TRAINING. http://www.murfreesboropost.com/news.php?viewStory=3868

(22) 2007: William Merwin, President, Florida Gulf Coast University. RESIGNED OVER INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIP WITH FACULTY MEMBER. http://archive.naplesnews.com/news/local/fgcu-president-merwin-resigns-after-inappropriate-relationship-ep-405013798-345700912.html

(23) 2011: Roy J. Nirschel, President, Roger Williams University. RESIGNED. http://chronicle.com/article/Complaint-Reveals-That-Roger/128591

(24) 2013: John Ellis Price, President, University of North Texas-Dallas. STEPPED DOWN AS PRESIDENT/RESIGNED FACULTY POSITION WHEN HARASSMENT BECAME PUBLIC. http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/denton/headlines/20150618-former-unt-dallas-leader-resigns-amid-investigation-into-relationship-with-former-employee.ece

(25) 2014: Johnson Bia, President, Pima Community College – Desert Vista Campus. RESIGNED. http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/local/report/050114_pcc_bia/pccs-bia-resigns-over-sexual-harassment-allegations/

(26) 2014: Patrick Lanning, President, Chemeketa Community College – Yamhill Valley Campus. FIRED. http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/education/2014/11/09/fired-ccc-official-accused-sexual-harassment/18758999/

(27) 2015: David Alexander, President, Northwest Nazarene University. RESIGNED BECAUSE OF EARLIER INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIP AS PROFESSOR. http://www.idahopress.com/news/local/education/nnu-former-president-resigned-over-inappropriate-relationship/article_60fe1284-281e-11e5-89a6-3346ab104b89.html

(28) 2017: Ricardo Romo, President, University of Texas – San Antonio. PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE, THEN RESIGNED. http://diverseeducation.com/article/93984/

(29) 2018 (for harassment and resignation in 1917): William F. Slocum, President, Colorado College. INVESTIGATED AND ASKED TO LEAVE BY BOARD FOR HARASSMENT, RESIGNED, NAMES REMOVED FROM BUILDINGS IN 2018. https://www.chronicle.com/article/Colorado-College-Removes/242818?cid=wcontentlist_hp_latest AND https://libraryweb.coloradocollege.edu/library/specialcollections/Manuscript/Slocum.html


Complete as of March 16, 2018. For the most up-to-date list of cases and to see additional cases across institutions and disciplines, visit NOT A FLUKE.

It has been two years since I began compiling cases of academic sexual misconduct perpetrated by faculty, staff, and administrators. This seems like a good time to post about individual groups and disciplines.


(1) 1983: Anatomy Department, University of Iowa. LEGAL FINDING OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT. http://www.leagle.com/decision/19901695749FSupp946_11540/JEW%20v.%20UNIVERSITY%20OF%20IOWA AND http://www.nytimes.com/1990/09/02/style/campus-life-iowa-judge-finds-university-liable-in-harassment.html

(2) 1991: Literature Section of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. PROVOST SUSPENDED SECTION’S RIGHT TO MAKE PERSONNEL DECISIONS. LAWSUIT FILED. http://chronicle.com/article/Literature-Professor-Sues-MIT/82118 AND LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://chronicle.com/article/MIT-Professor-Reach/73326

(3) 2000: Engineering School, University of Rhode Island. PUBLIC ACKNOWLEDGEMENT BY UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT. http://chronicle.com/article/U-of-Rhode-Island-Admits-That/30446

(4) 2005: Communications Department, University of Pittsburgh. REVIEW BY OUTSIDE FACULTY FOUND DEPARTMENT TO BE UNHEALTHY PLACE FOR WOMEN FACULTY AND GRADUATE STUDENTS. http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/communication-breakdown/Content?oid=1338247

(5) 2006: Political Science Department, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. LAWSUIT FILED, COMMITTEE FINDING THAT DEPARTMENT TOLERATES SEXUAL HARASSMENT. http://www.dailynebraskan.com/political-science-professor-alleges-sexual-harassment/article_99548bfb-7003-51d2-bcee-532fb5f7fcfa.html and http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/FSupp2/112/908/2521407/

(6) 2014: Philosophy Department, University of Colorado-Boulder. CHAIR REMOVED, GRADUATE ADMISSIONS SUSPENDED. http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_25035043 AND LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://www.kmblegal.com/news/kmb-client-settles-title-ix-lawsuit-against-cu-boulder

(7) 2017: Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin – Madison. FACULTY REVIEW COMMITTEE FOUND PERSISTENT SEXISM, INCLUDING SEXUAL HARASSMENT; DEPARTMENT MERGED WITH ANOTHER UNIT. http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/university/legacy-of-sexism-and-allegations-of-sexual-harassment-mar-uw/article_220cc4f3-3b0a-575a-898d-9c63711659c8.html

Recurring Damage from Sexual Assault and Harassment

I work at Michigan State University, have seen how the Title IX reporting process works from the inside, and have watched the Larry Nassar case unfold from close up. I am not sure most people understand how traumatic simply reading or watching the news can be for those of us who have experienced sexual assault and harassment. The Nassar case brought up my own history of sexual violence, and I found myself struggling to do even the most mundane tasks. I laid on the couch for a weekend, trying to escape into books or television to avoid the internal trauma I was experiencing. The trauma of assault is ever present, even after years of therapy.

The Nassar case was an assault that went far beyond his victims. The whirlwind of emotions this case triggered can relate to both the initial violation and the pain associated with reporting the misconduct and the bureaucracy of the Title IX system. I have spoken with several students who were so triggered by the Nassar case that they were unable to do simple tasks.  For some, the act of getting out of bed was difficult, let alone going to class. Some victims of sexual assault or harassment are able to seek out counseling to address the effects of their assaults. Seeking help takes energy and effort (and money), and the depression that can set in after a triggering event can often get in the way of seeking help. Sexual assault is a vicious, recurring event that revisits us in our minds and bodies. I know my own health and well-being were and continue to be affected.

For over two years I have been tracking academic sexual misconduct. The documenting of these events can in itself be triggering, and I recently had to take a two week break to preserve my own sanity. This is necessary labor, but it can be more draining than I initially realized. I have resources, privilege attendant to my position, and a supportive network of friends, family, and pets (unconditional love is amazing!). I can only imagine how difficult triggering events must be for student, many of whom have fewer resources than I do.

What can faculty do? I strongly encourage faculty to recognize that students can be negatively affected by all sorts of events, from national news about sexual assault to school shootings. We all have personal histories, and those histories affect us differently. Try to put yourself in your students’ shoes, and imagine what you would need from your professors. You can reach out to students without invading anyone’s privacy – there is no need to ask for details. Instead, look into the resources offered by your university and create a short list of the best resources. I created two sheets of institutional resources (MSUresources) to post on my door and upload to course websites – perhaps you can create something similar for your own spaces.



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