Sexual Harassment in Academia – International Edition

Last updated 8/17/2016

Update 8/17/16: I will add high profile international cases as I become aware of them.

I have identified over 425 cases of faculty and administrators engaging in sexual harassment at U.S. universities. In creating this list, I have come across troubling references to cases occurring outside of the U.S. To be clear that sexual harassment on the part of professors or administrators is not just an “American” thing…here is a short list of cases. Note that this is a very small sample simply because only a handful of these cases are reported in the English language media and the details of many stories are difficult to verify.

Canada
2014: Brajendra Sutradhar, Mathematics, Memorial University. 20 DAY SUSPENSION, RETIRED. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/brajendra-sutradhar-mun-complaint-1.3448563

2016: David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, History, Brock University. NOT “ASSIGNED TO CLASS AND IS NOT ON CAMPUS”. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/brock-university-sexual-harrassment-1.3485814

2016: NO NAME. Lethbridge University. SUSPENDED/SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES FILED. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/lethbridge-university-professor-sexual-assault-charge-1.3581814

China
2014: Wu Chunming, Xiamen University. FIRED. http://www.womenofchina.cn/womenofchina/html1/news/china/1410/650-1.htm

India
2015: UNNAMED, Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University. FIRED. http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-jnu-professor-sacked-for-alleged-sexual-abuse-of-foreign-student-2158244

2015: Rajat Kumar Mohanty, Linguistics, English and Foreign Languages University. JAILED. http://www.ap7am.com/english-news-13380-eflu-professor-gets-3-year-jail-term-in-sexual-harassment-case.html

Israel
2015: Mario Schneider, Political Science, Hebrew University. BARRED FROM CAMPUS FOR 18 MONTHS/PAID COMPENSATION TO STUDENT. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.651993

2015: ELEVEN LECTURERS!, Hebrew University. OUTCOME UNKNOWN. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4663660,00.html

2015: Ronen Shamir, Sociology, Tel Aviv University. “REPRIMANDED…FOR UNBECOMING CONDUCT FOR HIS INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH A STUDENT”.
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.657813

Japan
1994: Toru Yano, Southeast Asian Studies. Kyoto University. RESIGNED/WENT INTO SECLUSION IN BUDDHIST TEMPLE. http://tinyurl.com/gp6uw88

2002: UNNAMED, Ehime University. FIRED. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Ehime+Univ.+professor+fired+for+sexual+harassment+over+4+years.-a089564623

2015: UNNAMED, Okinawa Prefecture College of Performing Arts. FIRED. http://www.japanupdate.com/2015/10/art-university-professor-gets-boot-for-sexual-harassment/

Korea
2015: Kang Suk-jin, Mathematics, Seoul National University. JAILED. http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/05/636_179349.html

2016: UNNAMED, Korea University. ACCUSED OF RAPE/CLAIMS ENCOUNTER WITH HIS GRADUATE STUDENT WAS CONSENSUAL/DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE CONVENED. http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/08/116_211672.html

Switzerland
2016: Lee Salter, Sussex University. CONVICTED OF ASSAULT ON STUDENT HE WAS DATING/LEFT UNIVERSITY. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/sussex-university-domestic-violence-lecturer-beat-up-girlfriend-a7194281.html

Switzerland
2012: UNNAMED, Mathematics, University of Zurich. FINED. http://www.zurich4you.ch/former_university_professor_fined_over_sexual_harassment.html

 

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