‘Weinstein effect’ ripples on campus as top profs confront sex harassment claims

In late October, William V. Harris, a noted professor of Greco-Roman history at Columbia University, stepped down from his 50-year teaching career at the Ivy League school. His departure came amid accusations in a federal lawsuit that he’d groped a graduate student and pressured her for sex.

Around the same time, officials at Dartmouth College and the New Hampshire attorney general’s office announced that three tenured professors in the school’s psychological and brain sciences department were targets of a criminal investigation into “sexual misconduct” charges dating back to 2002.

  • mauser 98
    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      Raping like a Muslim in Malmo!

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    Having sex with your own students was considered one of the perks of the job since the faculty FOUGHT for that right back in the late 1950’s to early 1960’s.
    Where do you think the phrase “consenting adults” came from and grew in popularity before the homosexual community co-opted the term?

    I always considered the practice manipulative (on both the students’ and the professors’ parts) and slimy, but almost everyone who could have done it (male and female faculty), seems to have done it.
    Now, can we talk about the sexually predatory lesbian female sports coaching staffs that are comparable to “Jerry” Sandusky in their sexual exploitation of children?

    • kkruger71

      Yes, this was far from secret. Not sure how real life prevelent it was, but certainly in the media it was presented as commonplace and no big deal. How many people are going to get sunk because someone they once dated wants money or attention/victim status years later?
      I fnd myself having to say it more and more these days; it’s often unfair and wrong to judge peoples actions from decades ago on todays standards.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Let’s hope these schools have to pay at least in part for their tenured staff’s criminal defense. Just pass the costs along.

  • Brett_McS

    (Too many yeas ago) One of the lecturers explained Tenured Professor to us students thus: A Tenured Professor can rape the secretary in his office and get away with it … provided he doesn’t do it with the door open.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    It couldn’t happen to nicer people.

    Someone should investigate the “courtship” of Pierre Curie and his student Marie Sklodowska.

  • LairdKintyre

    Who cares about the article? I love that picture.