Pitt to Investigate Alleged Culture of Harassment

December 21, 2017

The University of Pittsburgh plans to investigate the climate in its communications department after a former professor wrote an essay alleging sexual harassment and hostility by colleagues. The professor, Carol Stabile, published an essay in Ms. Magazine earlier this month, describing a culture in which professors talked about their students in a sexual manner and sexually pursued them as they promised favors or job offers. Stabile also describes discrimination against racial minorities.

“The investigation, conducted by our Title IX office, will evaluate the climate, past and present, including but not limited to the issues the article raises,” Joe Miksch, spokesperson, told TribLive.com, referring to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits gender-based discrimination in education. Stabile worked at Pitt from 1994 to 2005. Pitt updated university policy on student-faculty relationships in March 2017 to prohibit relationships between professors and staff members and those they supervise, according to TribLive.com.

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