In the words of Sasha Brietzke (who earned her BA at JHU in 2014), a second-year graduate student in Psychology and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth and one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Dartmouth:
3 professors [Todd Heatherton, William Kelley and Paul Whalen] resigned or were allowed to retire. They did not act in isolation. They earned a sense of untouchability from a system that rewarded them for their entitled behavior through tenure and endowed chairs.
Universities need to protect people, not institutional reputation. Universities need to support victims, not do damage control. Universities need to be concerned about lost talent, not lost endowment.
Two reminders from 300+ pages of NAS research:
- 58% of female academic faculty & staff have experienced sexual harassment
- The most potent predictor of sexual harassment is organizational climate
Get to work, university administrators.