Obligations

What is our ethical obligation in informing other institutions when we know that an academic who has sexually harassed students is looking for jobs? If they resign before any disciplinary action, what duty of care do we have to students to protect them? How do we use the knowledge we have to ensure predatory and inappropriate behaviour isn’t simply shifted to a new campus, and into a different academic building. It suits academic institutions for people to resign – the problem is no longer their problem, and therefore it ceases to be a problem. This may have been why he ended up at my campus or at your campus. We have an obligation to women who had the bravery to complain, to speak up, to place themselves at more risk, to choose to undertake what may have been the hardest decision of all. So if you are an academic who knows of sexual harassment on your campus by another staff member then what should you do?

 

 

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