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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Who gets punished at UoN when there is sexual harassment?

These are examples of harassment according to the University of Newcastle - see policy
- "unwelcome invitations especially after prior refusal;
- non-verbal sexual or sexist behaviour such as whistling, staring and leering;
- unwelcome sexual or physical contact such as embracing, kissing or touching;
- making promises, propositions or threats in return for favours, including those of a sexual nature;
- engaging in behaviour which is embarrassing, humiliating or intimidating"
That seems clear enough

why does UoN punish the person being harassed 
and protect the person doing the harassing?


  1. I think because they have to report every incident they deal with properly, which then goes on the public record, and they chose to protect their precious reputation rather than the vulnerable.

  2. I saw a girl get sexually harassed by a TA, he made thrusting motions behind her back, but I didn't say anything because she got suspended for making a complaint and I didn't want to be suspended too. He stalks her as well. He still works there. I can't believe it.

  3. it is culture here in UoN

  4. From the University Web Page

    "We want you to have an outstanding student experience at UoN, but if you need help solving an issue, we are here to help."

    Is there something wrong with Jennifer Allen (dean of students)? She is failing to do her job.

  5. On University website.

    "We want you to have an outstanding student experience at UoN, but if you need help solving an issue, we are here to help."

    Compare the hype to the above story and decide yourself if the harassment cover up gave the student an "outstanding experience".