Remove and Reevaluate Sexual Harrassment Policy

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Remove and Reevaluate Sexual Harrassment Policy

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Zachary Taylor started this petition to University of Rochester and

For years a scandal was tearing apart the University of Rochester Brain and Cognitive Sciences department, but most of the school community was unaware until Mother Jones broke the story on September 8th. U of R students were shocked and disgusted to learn that:

  •  had been reported for sexual harassment by multiple students and faculty;
  • This harassment included unwanted sexual pictures, threats, stalking, and verbal abuse;
  • The school promoted while was still under investigation, eventually clearing in a procedure conducted by an investigator who refused to even look at all the evidence offered by  victims;
  • The school retaliated against professors who reported the abuse, even denying them legally mandated maternity leave;
  • Richard Aslin, the most prestigious member of the BCS department and a former school dean, resigned in protest.

 remains a professor at the University of Rochester. President Seligman initially resisted calls to launch another investigation of 's conduct, but relented due to a public outcry including a hunger strike and coverage by the New York Times. is temporarily on leave (a voluntary move on part) pending the results of an external investigation.

Unfortunately, this investigation appears to be a sham. Rather than settle with the complainants, the school has chosen to fight 's victims in court. Although the complainants would like to cooperate with the school's investigation, they cannot do so while engaged in a legal battle. Thus, the University is once again "investigating" while excluding the primary witnesses!

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