Deny Dr. Yusuf Kalyango's Appeal and Revoke a Sexual Predator's Tenure

Deny Dr. Yusuf Kalyango's Appeal and Revoke a Sexual Predator's Tenure

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Olivia Gemarro started this petition to Ohio University Board of Trustees and

On February 4th, 2021, the Ohio University student and faculty community was devastated to learn that a Faculty Senate committee voted for Dr. Yusuf Kalyango, a journalism professor found by the university's Title IX office to have sexually harassed a female graduate student, to be immediately reinstated to his position of a full-tenured professor. At OU, there have been allegations against Dr. Kalyango from at least two women in recent years, leading to disciplinary action at various levels within the university system.The decision was reached in a 5-1 vote in Dr. Kalyango's favor, completely invalidating the experiences and struggles of the survivors that have been victimized by Dr. Kalyango in one simple gesture. 

In refusing to terminate a man who has proven himself to be a danger to young women at our institution, Ohio University is perpetuating an extremely harmful tradition within the higher education industry of tolerating sexual misconduct. Survivors enrolled at or employed by this university cannot feel truly safe while a known abuser is allowed to maintain his employment (in which he will have access to hundreds of students similar in age to his known victims) with all of the benefits of his tenure in place. The voices of those who have suffered sexual trauma are being swiftly silenced, and we must stand up to the abhorrent administration that allows sexual predators to serve in inter-personal academic positions. 

We call upon the Ohio University Board of Trustees to strike down the decision passed on through the Faculty Senate committee and reaffirm previous requests for Dr. Kalyango's immediate removal from Ohio University. Dr. Kalyango's termination is absolutely necessary for Ohio University to truly demonstrate the commitment to survivor advocacy that they claim to support. Please sign and circulate this petition so that the gravity of our disapproval can be conveyed to the higher administrators who will have the ultimate say on Dr. Kalyango's standing at our university. 

For more information, please visit the following links to access articles from The Athens News

"Ohio University professor found by Title IX office to have sexually harassed two women shouldn’t lose tenure, Faculty Senate says" (2/4/2021) https://www.athensnews.com/news/campus/ohio-university-professor-found-by-title-ix-office-to-have-sexually-harassed-two-women-shouldn/article_90924985-cbf6-5ddf-b0f5-198f851ca19d.html

"Scripps College dean and former journalism director under investigation after disgraced professor files Title IX complaint" (9/17/2020) https://www.athensnews.com/news/campus/scripps-college-dean-and-former-journalism-director-under-investigation-after-disgraced-professor-files-title-ix/article_c8911284-fa99-52a2-a362-96e37308a252.html

"Prof denies wrongdoing in suit, files counter-claim against OU" (3/24/2019) https://www.athensnews.com/news/campus/prof-denies-wrongdoing-in-suit-files-counter-claim-against-ou/article_7cdf79c6-4e5c-11e9-a2ec-ffd87a0cb241.html

"OU ethics group: Professor accused of sexual harassment should lose his tenure" (11/9/2018) https://www.athensnews.com/news/campus/ou-ethics-group-professor-accused-of-sexual-harassment-should-lose-his-tenure/article_82388aaa-e469-11e8-a25f-4b1583c92785.html

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