Wednesday, May 11, 2016

"We did not foresee this number of cases coming forward,"

Emotional town hall addresses sexual harassment, assaults at UCS

"Is it true no tenure-track faculty has ever lost their job due to a Title IX violation,” asked associate professor Lora Bartlett.

Galloway conceded this was the case, but insisted that “things have changed and there is a different approach now.”

Last month, UC President Janet Napolitano said investigations involving UC faculty are ineffective, cases are inconsistently handled and sanctions frequently don’t fit the offense. In an April 18 letter, she directed the UC’s 10-member review committee to expedite investigations and democratize the process of propose sanctions, which are currently decided by top administrators.

Michelle Armstrong, who said she was sexually harassed eight years ago as an undergraduate student by a tenured faculty member, said she thinks Title IX failed her and showed bias toward the faculty member.

Tsugawa said the incident occurred before she joined UCSC as its Title IX officer, but promised to look into the incident.

Armstrong also expressed frustration that Title IX reports did not remain in faculty members’ records and thus were not taken into account during professional reviews.

“I have watched this individual continue to advance in his career over the past eight years despite multiple reports,” Armstrong said. “How many chances does faculty get?”

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