U. of Colorado's Response to a Gritty Lecture Worries Sociologists

U. of Colorado's Response to a Gritty Lecture Worries Sociologists 1

Courtesy Patricia A. Adler

Patricia A. Adler says she has given the lecture, which involves a skit with undergraduate teaching assistants portraying prostitutes, for about 20 years. The university's Office of Discrimination and Harassment monitored it this fall and found it problematic in several ways.

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Courtesy Patricia A. Adler

Patricia A. Adler says she has given the lecture, which involves a skit with undergraduate teaching assistants portraying prostitutes, for about 20 years. The university's Office of Discrimination and Harassment monitored it this fall and found it problematic in several ways.

The University of Colorado at Boulder has denied pressuring a tenured sociology professor to retire over student complaints about a classroom skit on prostitution, but it has also made clear that she faces disciplinary action if her efforts to discuss the harsh realities of sex work again arouse fears she has created a hostile environment for students.

Russell L. Moore, the university's provost, said in a statement issued on Monday that the professor, Patricia A. Adler, "is not being