More than 300 academics have signed an open letter condemning the conduct of Thomas Pogge, a professor of philosophy at Yale University who has been accused of sexually harassing some of his female students. Pogge denies the charges, but several recent reports have added to concern about his alleged conduct. The open letter acknowledges that not all matters related to the accusations have been resolved. But it says enough information is public for professors to take a stand.
"The academic community must make its own decision about how to respond in light of what has been made public," the letter says. "We write, then, to express our belief that the information now in the public domain -- including that provided by Pogge himself in the aforementioned email correspondence -- suffices to demonstrate that Pogge has engaged in behavior that violates the norms of appropriate professional conduct. Nothing is more important to our philosophical community than the trust he has betrayed. Based on the information that has been made public, we strongly condemn his harmful actions toward women, most notably women of color, and the entire academic community."
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