In Sex-Harassment Cases, No One Is Happy With Colleges' Response


Brian Lee, The Daily Northwestern

Students at Northwestern U. protested what they said was the lenient punishment meted out to a professor who was found to have made “unwelcome and inappropriate sexual advances” to an undergraduate woman.

A professor who woke up with a student in his bed lost little more than a pay raise at one university. At another, a faculty member who held a student’s hand and sent sexually suggestive email messages was shown the door.

For more than a generation, colleges have tried to police relationships between professors and their students, but rarely is anyone happy with the results. Punishments vary widely from campus to campus, and colleges are caught in