February 05, 2008

University of Georgia Petitions for Staff Ombuds

Hundreds of staff and students at the University of Georgia are calling for administrators to become "more active, reliable and transparent" in enforcing sexual harassment policies. The petition, which has already garnered more than 700 signatures, calls on UGA to establish a campus ombuds office to help "contribute to a shift in campus culture" and provide information and help to staff and students who have been harassed. The petition was precipitated by mounting complaints against a UGA professor who has been accused of sexually harassing female undergraduates for nearly two decades and the university's decision to allow the professor to continue teaching. The petition likely will be presented at Thursday's meeting of UGA's University Council, a faculty legislative body that advises UGA President Michael Adams on policy. (Athens Banner-Herald; Chronicle of Higher Ed.; UGA Community Petition.)

Related post: University of Georgia Names Ombuds.

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