Updated 2/5/16; 2/6/16
41 documented cases and counting…
Recent news stories about sexual harassment in academia are NOT A FLUKE (Suggested Twitter hashtag: #SHnotafluke). I thought it might help to compile publicized sexual harassment stories in academia – there’s a whole bunch of other stories in industry, technology, media, and beyond. Recent reports are easier to find, but notice how these stretch back to the 1980s. That’s over THIRTY YEARS, people. And these are just the cases we heard about through the media. How many more complaints were quietly hidden by universities? How many more were never reported because, let’s be honest here, what’s the point if the crimes are barely punished and people are hired elsewhere anyway? Recent stories about sexual harassment in academia are NOT A FLUKE!
I decided to organize these by discipline and to include both faculty and administrators. Note that it isn’t only men who are harassers or women being harassed, although the majority of the cases below are of men harassing women. I also didn’t include coaches working at universities – that’s a whole other can of worms.
These are cases where:
- An institution found a faculty member guilty of sexual harassment (or worse); and/or
- The accused faculty member resigned before an institution could complete an investigation into sexual harassment; and/or
- A faculty member accused of sexual harassment settled with their accuser, often with a binding confidentiality agreement; and/or
- There is documented evidence of sexual harassment by a faculty member (often in the form of texts or emails); and/or
- A court made a finding of legal fact that sexual harassment had occurred.
Note that I left off of the list any cases involving accusations alone.
The year listed below refers to the year in which the sexual harassment was publicized or in which a legal finding of fact was issued.
Finally, a number of publicized cases of sexual harassment by faculty towards students did not name the faculty involved, are described too nebulously to identify the school, or are still winding their way through university or court processes. I posted links to some of these under the general heading OTHER so that they are at least noted.
I am sure this is not a complete list and recognize that this list is weighted towards more recent cases. I honestly got sick of reading about the harassment people have had to put up with.
Special thanks to the following people for alerting me to additional cases: John Gizis (Twitter: @johngizis)
SEXUAL HARASSMENT BY FACULTY AND UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATORS
2002: John P. Dwyer, Dean of Law School, UC Berkeley. RESIGNED. http://articles.latimes.com/2002/dec/09/local/me-dwyer9
2006, Philip M. Ringle, College 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
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/
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/
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
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
1983: Multiple Faculty in the Department. 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
2015: Michael Simons, Yale. 18-MONTH SUSPENSION, THEN RESIGNED. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/02/us/handling-of-sexual-harassment-case-poses-larger-questions-at-yale.html?_r=0
1990: Leroy Young, Plymouth State College. FIRED AND LEGAL FINDING OF FACT. http://www.courts.state.nh.us/supreme/opinions/1999/schnider.htm and http://tinyurl.com/hxra7ea
2015: Geoff Marcy, Berkeley. RESIGNED, NOW EMERITUS FACULTY. http://www.buzzfeed.com/azeenghorayshi/famous-astronomer-allegedly-sexually-harassed-students
2016: Christian Ott, CalTech. SUSPENDED UNPAID FOR 9 MONTHS. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/01/caltech-suspends-professor-harassment-0
2016: Timothy Frederick Slater, University of Wyoming. REQUIRED TO COMPLETE SEXUAL HARASSMENT TRAINING AT UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, NOW AN ENDOWED PROFESSOR AT WYOMING. http://mashable.com/2016/01/12/astronomy-professor-sexual-harassment-university-of-arizona/#AcLLOtHTfiq1
2016: Jason Lieb, University of Chicago. RESIGNED. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/03/us/chicago-professor-resigns-amid-sexual-misconduct-investigation.html?_r=0
Business (includes Hospitality)
2009: Steve Eisenberg, Florida Gulf Coast University. RESIGNED. http://www.naplesnews.com/news/education/fgcu-prof-resigns-after-records-show-calls-to-adult-hotlines-inappropriate-internet-use-ep-398049081-343955482.html
1997: Ralph Gatrone, Wilkes University. RESIGNED. http://tinyurl.com/gn37err
1998: Shrikrishna Singh, Penn State Hazleton. IMPRISONED. http://www.psu.edu/ur/archives/intercom_1998/Sept3/prof.html
2007: Ron Leavitt, Oregon State University. RESIGNED AND LAWSUIT SETTLED. http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/lawsuit-against-former-prof-settled/article_2007f4c3-4ed1-5373-a01a-095e18c87750.html and http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/former-students-sue-osu/article_bdf1a0e6-49df-570e-9f7b-a7ddf8856c23.html
2009: Jeffrie Jinian, Florida Gulf Coast University. SUSPENDED, MANDATORY TRAINING. KILLED HIMSELF. http://www.naplesnews.com/news/education/fgcu-instructor-suspended-after-sexual-harassment-investigation-ep-399679395-344156802.html and http://www.nbc-2.com/story/12848257/fgcu-professor-killed-himself-at-waterfront-bar
2014: Travis Pratt, Arizona State University. FIRED. http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/professor-travis-pratt-fired-from-asu-settles-with-student-who-sued-after-affair-6656294
1992: J. Donald Silva, University of New Hampshire. SUSPENDED FOR ONE YEAR, REINSTATED BY COURT CASE – WORTH THE READ! http://www.jstor.org/stable/4316508?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
2008: Charles C. Doyle, University of Georgia. TWO YEAR PROBATION. http://www.redandblack.com/news/documents-detail-second-case-of-sexual-harassment/article_fe7e4ce3-08b7-5ba9-82eb-3477c1a0551e.html
2016: Rob Latham, University of California-Riverside. FIRED. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/02/03/why-did-uc-riverside-fire-tenured-professor and https://academeblog.org/2016/01/26/18692/
1994: Philip W. Signor, University of California-David. RESIGNED JUST BEFORE FIRING AND LAWSUIT AGAINST UNIVERSITY SETTLED. http://www.siegelyee.com/fresno-bee_6-10-94.html and http://www.siegelyee.com/sac-bee_10-1-94.html
1985: Douglas A. Hibbs Jr., Harvard. RESIGNED. http://www.nytimes.com/1985/02/06/us/professor-quits-on-sex-complaint.html
2013 (read article – 1997, too): Robert Hilderbrand, University of South Dakota. RESIGNED. http://volanteonline.com/2013/01/hilderbrand-resigns/
2014: Robert Reynolds, Kutztown University. SETTLED BY UNIVERSITY – NO ADMISSION, CONTINUES TO WORK AT KUTZTOWN. http://articles.mcall.com/2014-05-16/news/mc-kutztown-sexual-harassment-lawsuit-settlement-20140516_1_kutztown-university-rhonda-miller-suit and http://www.kutztown.edu/academics/colleges-and-departments/liberal-arts-and-sciences/departments/history/faculty/dr.-robert-reynolds.htm
2015: Vincent Martin, San Diego State University. FOUND IN VIOLATION OF STATE CODE – RESIGNED OR WAS FIRED. http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/SDSU-Prof-Accused-of-Sexual-Harassment-No-Longer-Works-at-School-353364501.html and http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Hearing-for-SDSU-Professor-Vincent-Martin-Accused-of-Sexual-Harassment–312295861.html
2011: Shuichi Komiyama, Montana State University. SUSPENDED, THEN RESIGNED. http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/education/msu-investigation-finds-professor-sexually-harassed-student/article_c78b8016-d5ef-11e0-824e-001cc4c03286.html and http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/montana_state_university/msu-conductor-shuichi-komiyama-resigns-in-wake-of-sex-scandal/article_ef4d2f3c-efa8-11e0-9a4f-001cc4c03286.html
2013: David Chevan, Southern Connecticut State University. ONE WEEK SUSPENSION. http://now-ct.org/southern-connecticut-state-university-should-take-sexual-harassment-seriously/
2013: Colin McGinn, University of Miami. RESIGNED. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/university-of-miami-lawsuit-mcginn_us_561fbe37e4b050c6c4a47ec1
2014: Peter Ludlow, Northwestern. RESIGNED. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/education/2014/02/northwestern_university_found_professor_peter_ludlow_violated_the_sexual.html and http://dailynorthwestern.com/2015/11/03/campus/philosophy-prof-peter-ludlow-resigns-from-northwestern/
2014: Multiple Faculty in the Department. University of Colorado-Boulder. CHAIR REMOVED, GRADUATE ADMISSIONS SUSPENDED. http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_25035043
2015: Anna Stubblefield, Rutgers University-Newark. IMPRISONED. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/magazine/the-strange-case-of-anna-stubblefield.html
2015: Walter Lewin, MIT. REMOVED FROM TEACHING AND STRIPPED OF EMERITUS TITLE. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/01/23/complainant-unprecedented-walter-lewin-sexual-harassment-case-comes-forward and https://news.mit.edu/2014/lewin-courses-removed-1208
1983: NAME WITHHELD, Harvard. SUSPENDED FOR ONE YEAR WITH PAY. http://news.stanford.edu/pr/91/911025Arc1107.html
2008: Arthur H. Miller, University of Iowa. UNIVERSITY SETTLED AFTER PROFESSOR KILLED HIMSELF. http://www.thegazette.com/2012/02/01/university-of-iowa-reaches-settlement-with-student-over-fondling-claim-against-late-professor
1991: Jacob Orlofsky, University of Missouri-St. Louis. RESIGNED. http://tinyurl.com/z6j6k4c (OPENS A PDF)
2011: Ernesto Bustamante, University of Idaho. MURDERED A GRADUATE STUDENT BEFORE KILLING HIMSELF AFTER MULTIPLE ACCUSATIONS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT. https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2011/10/28/new-details-idaho-professor-who-killed-student.
2014: Eric Tranby, University of Delaware. RESIGNED. http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/education/2014/09/19/hundreds-protest-uds-harassment-policy/15904149/
2014: Miguel Diaz, University of Dayton. FOUND TO HAVE LIKELY VIOLATED SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY, NOW EMPLOYED BY LOYOLA UNIVERSITY-CHICAGO. http://www.whio.com/news/news/local/report-miguel-diaz-ud-faculty-accused-harassment/nfpzD/ and https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/05/05/former-ambassador-vatican-moves-new-university-after-sexual-harassment-investigation
1991: James Tunstead Burtchaell, Notre Dame, RESIGNED. http://www.natcath.org/crisis/120691.htm
1999, ANONYMOUS INSTITUTION. http://www.aas.org/cswa/status/1999/JUNE1999/harassment.html
2005, Community college System of Nevada. http://nv.findacase.com/research/wfrmDocViewer.aspx/xq/fac.20051222_0000028.DNV.htm/qx
2013, Case Western Reserve University. http://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/index.ssf/2013/10/case_law_professor_sues_dean_l.html
2013, ANONYMOUS INSTITUTION, http://www.salon.com/2013/03/29/assaulted_by_an_art_professor/
2014, ANONYMOUS INSTITUTION, http://thoughtcatalog.com/anonymous/2014/04/i-had-an-affair-with-my-hero-a-philosopher-whos-famous-for-being-moral/
2015, Yale. http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/features/n_9932/
2015, Louisiana State University. http://www.nola.com/crime/baton-rouge/index.ssf/2015/03/lsu_art_discrimination_lawsuit.html
OTHER-REFERENCES WITH LITTLE INTERNET PRESENCE
1998, $50,000 settlement for sexual harassment of college student by professor. Southerland v. Tallahassee Community College, Case No. 95-4402 (Cir. Ct. 2d Jud. Cir., Leon County, Fla. 1998).