June 02, 2002
Calling Matthew and Glenn

Calling Matthew and Glenn: I need some perspective here on this report that Harvard is changing how it investigates sexual misconduct allegations.

Under the old policy, the school would automatically look into any claim of a peer dispute, including a sexual assault. The May 7 change mandates anyone filing a dispute complaint provide "sufficient independent corroboration" of misconduct before the school investigates.

The new policy -- believed by some to be the first such requirement in the nation -- sparked soul-searching among faculty who approved it, a protest from angry students and women's groups, and fierce debate over Harvard's responsibility to investigate difficult-to-prove claims.

Any thoughts, guys?

Posted by Charles Kuffner on June 02, 2002 to Society and cultcha