‘CU-Boulder reports pervasive sexual harassment within philosophy department’

By Max R. Weller

The CU philosophy department’s office in the Hellems Building on the Boulder campus.

The CU philosophy department’s office in the Hellems Building on the Boulder campus. (Mark Leffingwell / Daily Camera)

Read the article from the Daily Camera. Quoting from it below:

The University of Colorado on Friday made public an independent investigation that found pervasive sexual harassment and bullying within the philosophy department, a report that has now led administrators to remove the chairman and suspend all graduate student admissions into the department until at least fall 2015.

The review — conducted at the department’s request by the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on the Status of Women Site Visit Program — comes just days after the university released a report showing the campus is meeting the legal requirements under Title IX, the federal gender equity and non-discrimination law.

The committee’s report on the philosophy department cites 15 complaints made to CU’s Office of Discrimination and Harassment since 2007, and found that female members of the department are leaving or trying to leave at disproportionate rates after reportedly feeling anxious, depressed and demoralized.

“It is our strong conclusion that the department maintains an environment with unacceptable sexual harassment, inappropriate sexualized unprofessional behavior and divisive uncivil behavior,” the report’s authors wrote.

‘American Philosophical Association’s Committee on the Status of Women report . . .’

Continuing DC excerpt:

Boulder Faculty Assembly chairman Paul Chinowsky said making the report public also opens up windows for conversations in departments across the campus about what it means to be professional, how to create an appropriate department culture and other topics.

Chinowsky said the report will be a uniting factor among faculty members, who he expects will want to work together to make the campus safer and more welcoming to everyone. He added that he’s never seen anything like the extent of inappropriate behavior spelled out in the report.

“This is the first time I have seen something taken to this level,” Chinowsky said. “There are always rumors, innuendos and things happening that are just that: rumors, suggestions, innuendos. This is the first time I’ve seen this type of behavior documented to this extent.”

It’s a disgrace to CU as a whole. Why not save the $2.9 million spent annually on the philosophy department by shutting it down? Really, as far as the students are concerned, a degree in any of the Humanities is not required to secure a job at a fast food franchise. Why burden oneself with student loan debt if a philosophy degree leads straight to McDonald’s?

Focus instead on what’s good at CU — Sciences, which have an excellent reputation.

The Homeless Philosopher is profoundly chagrined by the antics of these posers at CU.

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