Mandatory Counseling for Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment

TitleMandatory Counseling for Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsLadenson, R
Corporate Authorsof Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, IIT
Date Published02/1996
PublisherCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAcademic , Academic Ethics , Diversity , education , PSYCHOLOGY
AbstractIn a recent highly publicized case a professor at the University of New Hampshire, who was found by a hearing committee to have harassed female students for many years, was suspended and required to obtain psychological counseling. The hearing committee said it would lift the suspension only when the counselor notified the school administration that the professor was ready to return to the classroom. The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is opposed to mandatory counseling. Some university administrators, on the other hand, defend the practice, comparing it to the widespread employment relations practice of requiring employees with substance abuse problems to enter assistance programs. Under this practice, the administrators note, employees with drinking or drug problems are characteristically not allowed back to work until the program certifies them as ready. Is mandatory counseling a morally acceptable measure to use in the case of faculty found to have engaged repeatedly in sexual harassment. If so, why? If not, why not?
NotesCase from the February 24, 1996 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Copyright Robert Ladenson, Center for the Study of Ethics at the Illinois Institute of Technology, 1996.
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