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Hanlon Cover-up Excoriated

The University of Pittsburgh’s student newspaper has criticized the Hanlon administration for seemingly covering up the charges against the three PBS professors:

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Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

How does Phil survive all of the crises and controversies given the unpopularity and incompetence of his administration? Are the trustees paying any attention? In an effort to sweep this under the rug and preserve the reputation of the College, the negative publicity will actually have the opposite effect and reinforce the public perception that Dartmouth has a sexual assault problem on campus. So much for the house system and alcohol ban. Phil has undermined his own efforts to change the image of the College.

Addendum: The Union Leader has a story, Dartmouth Professors’ Research Focused on Sex, Food, describing the nature of the three PBS professors’ research.

Addendum: And NPR has an update, too.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

I strongly disagree with the rash inferences and general tone of the Pitt student newspaper editorial about the “PBS Affair.”

By pointing out what happened to NPR news director Michael Oreskes when he was accused of sexual harassment, the writer of the editorial suggests that mere allegations should be enough to require the resignations of anyone accused of “sexual misconduct.” How dare President Hanlon not demand the immediate resignations of the three accused professors? As the outraged Red Queen stated in Alice in Wonderland: “Sentence first—verdict afterwards.”

I object to the writer’s reference to a “dangerous veil of secrecy” about “these crimes.” Secrecy? Crimes? The only secrets are the details of the alleged “crimes” and the identity of the accuser. No one knows whether the allegations involve telling dirty jokes, rape or some other misdeed. Furthermore, referring to the accuser(s) as “survivors” at this point of the case is absurd. When all is said and done the real “survivors” might be the three professors. As criminal defense attorney-blogger Scott Greenfield observed in a post about the case in his blog Simple Justice:

“Forget Blackstone’s Ratio. Forget presumption of innocence. These three profs have yet to be charged with anything, no less proven guilty. But their names are prominently displayed, first in the campus newspaper as missing profs, and now in the New York Times as sexual predators. And we still have no clue why.

*As former Secretary of Labor, Ray Donovan, said after his acquittal, ‘which office do I go to to get my reputation back?’ “

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