Monday, April 6, 2015
Most issues that arise under sexual harassment/assault mechanisms are likely to involve students. However, even it such cases, there may be some faculty connection, e.g., a complaint made to a faculty member. There will need to be very clear guidelines, for example, about what a faculty member should do in such cases where the potential complaint was made with a request to discuss what happened in confidence. And, of course, there will need to be the above-noted mechanisms of due process whether the person charged is a student, faculty, or staff member. Surely, there is enough legal talent within the UC faculty to enable to the Academic Senate to play an active role in ensuring that a workable set of procedures is implemented.
*http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/06/business/media/statement-from-writer-of-rolling-stone-rape-article-sabrina-erdely.html, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/06/business/media/rolling-stone-retracts-article-on-rape-at-university-of-virginia.html, https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2015/04/06/rolling-stone-retracts-uva-gang-rape-article, http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/a-rape-on-campus-what-went-wrong-20150405, http://money.cnn.com/2015/04/06/media/rolling-stone-no-firings/index.html.