Sexual Harrasment

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Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to University of Rochester, Joel Seligman, Morgan Levy, Gail M. Norris, Ashley Campbell, Paul Burgett, Maggie Cousin, Kim Downs, Jennifer Faler, Greg DeAngelis, T. Florian Jaeger, Peter Lennie

Remove Florian Jaeger and Reevaluate Sexual Harrassment Policy

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: Professor Florian Jaeger 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 Jaeger while he was still under investigation, eventually clearing him in a procedure conducted by an investigator who refused to even look at all the evidence offered by Jaeger's 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. Florian Jaeger remains a professor at the University of Rochester. President Seligman initially resisted calls to launch another investigation of Jaeger's conduct, but relented due to a public outcry including a hunger strike and coverage by the New York Times. Jaeger is temporarily on leave (a voluntary move on his part) pending the results of an external investigation. The school has formed a committee to look into necessary changes to school policy, but given prior stonewalling, the University community has justified reservations. These are steps in the right direction, but it is imperative that the University be held accountable even as this story has faded from the headlines. Committee recommendations are one thing, lasting change is another. You can help by signing this petition, and paying attention to updates as the process moves along. We know alumni pressure and negative media coverage is responsible for the progress that has been made so far.

Zachary Taylor
38,803 supporters
Started 5 months ago

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More Education, Less Harassment!

This is a petition to educate teachers and students about sexual harassment, how it affects students, and how to prevent it. We surveyed one hundred students at Oakland Technical High School ranging from grades 9 through 12, in order to learn about their experiences with sexual harassment. 42% reported being sexually harassed, and 52% reported witnessing it. Many respondents wrote that they witnessed guys grabbing girls’ bodies without permission and “catcalling” or making unwanted sexual comments. They also wrote about people invading their personal space, even when asked to stop. When asked if they had ever witnessed sexual harassment, 26% of respondents said they were not sure, indicating that people do not know the signs or what to look for. One respondent wrote that teenagers find harassment “funny,” because they don’t understand how “harmful and traumatizing” it can be. Another wrote that people feel like they are “entitled” to treat people a certain way or see it as playful, not realizing the true consequences of their actions. We need people to understand that they are not entitled to make unwanted comments about others' bodies or touch them without explicit permission. Students must be taught to understand and respect each other’s boundaries. In a survey of thirty-one teachers at Tech, we discovered that 58% had never received training in how to handle sexual harassment, and many of those that did wrote that it was not at Tech or that it was a long time ago. One respondent wrote that they would prefer “real training on this and a real policy rather than dealing with this on a case by case basis.” 51% of our respondents also said they did not know what to do if a student was being sexually harassed, and did not feel they had the resources and support they need to protect students from sexual harassment. It is clear that Oakland Tech needs to have better policies around sexual harassment, including educating students and teachers and providing the resources they need to make school a safe environment for every student. The goals of our petition are as follows: 1. Provide teachers with training every year on how to prevent and handle sexual harassment between students, in the form of a workshop, seminar, or presentation. 2.Outline clear consequences for students that are harassing others. 3. Educate students on sexual harassment and how it affects others in an assembly or lesson. Make it clear what consequences will be for sexual harassment. 4. Provide resources for students to discuss and/or report sexual harassment. There should be forms for students to report details of harassment and a counselor they can talk to regarding the incident(s).   In signing this petition, you are bringing Oakland Tech a step closer to creating a safe learning environment for all students. School needs to be a place where you can go without fear of being sexually harassed. Every person has the right to an education, and that right is jeopardized when students feel uncomfortable or unsafe in their own school. Sign this petition to educate students and teachers so we can stop sexual harassment at Oakland Tech!

Ruby Croteau
196 supporters