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Questions tagged [sexual-misconduct]

Behavior that may be construed as sexual misconduct (without implying judgment that it is so). This includes forms of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, but also in general advances, comments or actions in situations that may be inappropriate --- for instance, between a student and their instructor.

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How to deal with sexual harassment by a senior colleague without jeopardizing my tenure case?

I apologize in advance that I cannot write about details, as they contain identifying information about the senior colleague in question. The low-down is that I am a tenure-track professor at a US ...
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Sexually harassed by postdoc supervisor and forced to quit [closed]

I was forced to resign from a postdoctoral position in a major research institute in the US because of sexual harassment. It's been 4 months since I resigned, but I'm still struggling to move on from ...
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A female professor was found responsible for sexual harassment – what can happen to the signatories of a letter in support of her?

The New York Times article reported a day ago that Prof Avital Ronell at New York University was found to be responsible for sexual harassment. There's a letter of support for this professor (see ...
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One of my professors made a rape joke. What should I do?

I'm at a community college in the US. Early on in the semester, one of my professors made a rape joke. I was too stunned, tired, and sick (I have a moderate physical health condition) to get involved ...
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Allegations of harassment by a faculty member and reporting?

This issue is about a university in a 3rd world country. I friend of mine (I will call her "Z") is a faculty member at a reputable university. During one of her sittings with an undergrad student ("...
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How to stop sexual harassment by teacher? [closed]

I'm a student in India. My music teacher was kicked out of the school about 1 month ago due to sexual misconduct. Today, he messaged me on Instagram with a fake ID and started talking nastily to me ...
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How does a professor lose their tenure over a sex scandal which he was not involved in?

The Michigan State University (MSU) has moved to fire the medical school dean for the actions of the child molester / doctor, Larry Nassar. Why does that happen in academia? I'm interested in ...
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How to avoid being falsely accused of harassment by a student?

I am a junior faculty member and as part of my work I have to supervise students. I am required by the University to have one-on-one meetings with them every week to check their progress and give ...
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U.S.C. sex and drugs scandal: would attending such a graduate school hurt one's chances at an academic career?

The University of Southern California (U.S.C.) medical school is currently rocked by a sex and drugs scandal involving the dean of the school -- and possibly other faculty and administrative leaders ...
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Could sending sexual messages online affect my academic career? [closed]

So, suppose you're a grad student in some academic program in the US; suppose furthermore you're employed by the university (as a teaching/research assistant, say), and you message total strangers on ...
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Can professors have romantic relationships with post-docs? [closed]

Can professors have romantic relationships with post-docs (in the same department)? I feel like this point is a bit more subtle than, say, professors hooking up with students, since post-docs and ...
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Is it ethical to have a relationship with a student after my supervision of him is complete?

I am supervising a bachelor thesis and find the respective student attractive. Would it be ethical/acceptable to get into a relationship with the student after the thesis is completed?
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As a TA, I had sex with someone who turned out to be one of my students, what do I do?

I'm a grad student and TA. I was playing pool on campus and met some people who happened to be in a frat. We played together and they invited me to their frat party. Long story short, I got really ...
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Can I give back my Master's Degree and remove my Master's Thesis? [closed]

I was coerced into a sexual relationship with my Advisor. Although, I passed my First Doctoral exam in my first year (2008), I was held back from any further advancement by my Advisor. In frustration ...
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I was sexually assaulted by a professor writing me a LOR for grad-school applications. What should I do?

I’m a foreign student currently applying to extremely competitive doctoral programs in the US. Recently, one of the professors writing a letter of recommendation sexually assaulted me. I live in a ...
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Why are the number of reported sex crimes so high at Ivy League Schools?

It seems like the % of sex crimes (rape, statutory rape, etc.) are way higher at ivy league schools / schools with a low admission rate compared to other schools. Other crimes like assault and ...
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How should I deal with being harassed by my supervisor in a non-work situation?

I'm a female student in some huge and popular university in my country. I have a supervisor who is much older then me. He is a very respected person in our community. We worked together a lot, it ...
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Teaching a student (as a TA) when there is flirting, etc. and mutual interest

I am a graduate student with an assistantship. I met an undergraduate and we hit it off (talking about sex, but not sex with each other). But now I assist a class with her (and I'm not good at hiding ...
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How to create an environment in which students can report teacher-student sexual harassment?

I teach physics at a community college in California. A series of female students have told me about sexual harassment by the same tenured male math instructor. Two such incidents went like this. one ...
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What leverage do universities have over sexual violence in fraternities?

IMPORTANT: The allegation of gang-rape in the Rolling Stone article that formed the basis for this question has been retracted; later evidence on the matter shows that the allegation that gang-rape ...
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How will expulsion for physical abuse and sexual misconduct affect a student's future educational career?

I recently had a university student (my ex) expelled from my undergrad university when he was found responsible for physical abuse and sexual misconduct. How would this expulsion affect his future ...
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What physical contact, if any, is acceptable between a supervisor and a student?

I was rather surprised that in this answer which suggests that a supervisor giving a side-hug to a research assistant is acceptable behaviour. I try and limit the physical contact with my students/...
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How to deal with an advisor who wants a “friendlier” relationship with me than I do?

I work as an assistant at a university in Australia. I joined the team consisting of my current advisor and his two PhD students. The other group members are men and they have a co-worker-like ...
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How should administration punish sexual abuse/trade for grade?

It happens that some students offer sex for grade. Just considering the fact that popularity of this strategy can strongly weaken the quality of education, administrators should take some actions to ...
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Appropriate response to sexual misconduct 'joke' made against an academic

This happened quite recently to a friend and colleague of mine. Another colleague made an off-hand 'joke' about a friend (an academic) potentially behaving inappropriately with his students. This ...
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Sex worker/student offering her (legal) services

One of my students is an escort/stripper and she has offered me (and other faculty in my department) her "services". I am pretty sure my initial reaction of "thanks for letting me know, now can you ...