Stop protecting Barrett professors who sexually harass and abuse students

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For the past 15 years ASU's Barrett Honors College has been home to professors who sexually harass and sexually abuse students. While romantic relationships between professors and students may seem consensual, the imbalance of power makes these relationships inherently coercive and abusive. For example, a student may feel pressured to acquiesce to requests made by someone with the authority to give grades and letters of recommendation.

The Barrett administration began receiving sexual abuse complaints about a Barrett professor Eric Susser in 2005 but he was not fired until 2012. Since the launch of our petition and the filing of our Title IX complaint, three more Barrett Honors professors are no longer on campus, bringing the total of sexual predators removed from Barrett to five. Fox 10 News did an in-depth story.

The Barrett Deans and ASU's Office of Equity & Inclusion continue to intimidate victims and discourage reporting, and ASU President Michael Crow and Chief of Human Resources Kevin Salcido deny the existence of rape culture at Barrett altogether.

There are still sexual predators teaching Honors freshman seminars and one is leading a Barrett Study Abroad trip. This must stop. Professors should not receive "slaps on the wrist" for this behavior, as they have in the past; these professors should be terminated so they can't abuse more students.



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