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Feminist Statement on Sexual Harassment at UC Berkeley

March 28, 2016

As feminist faculty at UC Berkeley, we are gravely disturbed by the failures of our Administration to address sexual harassment as a fundamental violation of civil rights. This year’s gross mishandling of the Marcy, Fleming and Choudhry cases reveals an administration that neither treats sexual harassment as serious nor recognizes its damage to its victims. These failures make a mockery of the Administration’s continuous verbal promotion of the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and civility; the Administration appears far more concerned with risk management and with the careers and reputations of the prominent.

Sexual harassment is a violation of equal rights prohibited by a 1976 U.S. Supreme Court interpretation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. More than merely unpleasant or offensive behavior, and in a very different legal and political category from sexual assault, sexual harassment violates the right, at work or school, to avoid barriers or burdens on the basis of one’s sex or gender. Instead of respecting this principle of equality, the current administration has gone out of its way to shield those who have engaged in repeated acts of sexual harassment, and has sacrificed the entitlement of all staff, faculty and students to a harassment-free environment.

These high profile cases have produced a general crisis of confidence in the Administration. They also identify a long-standing and seemingly worsening problem at UC Berkeley, which is that reports of harassment are difficult to lodge and are often met with lethargic, arbitrary or feeble responses. While emphasis is placed on employee compliance with online education in identifying harassment, the actual system for reporting and resolving it is discouraging and ineffective for those who would bring complaints. Consequently, many well-known repeat offenders have not been reported or, when reported, have not been stopped, a situation that has created a climate of frustration, anger and cynicism for those experiencing and witnessing harassment. Due process is essential for those charged with sexual harassment, but so too are clear, accessible and non-intimidating procedures for those who would make the charge and expect just results. The solution is not another education campaign or public statement of administrative resolve but a functional system for reporting harassment and removing harassers from positions of power over their victims.

Elizabeth Abel, Professor of English

Kathryn Abrams, Herma Hill Kay Distinguished Professor of Law

Sabrina Agarwal, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Alice Agogino, Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Catherine Albiston, Professor of Law

Diliana Angelova, Associate Professor of Art History

Paola Bacchetta, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies

Barbara A. Barnes, Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Studies

Brian Barsky, Professor of Computer Science

Emilie Bergmann, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

Déborah Blocker, Associate Professor of French

Daniel Boyarin, Hermann P. and Sophia Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture in Near

Eastern Studies and Rhetoric

Wendy Brown, Class of 1936 First Chair of Political Science

Karl Britto, Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature

Natalia Brizuela, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

Julia Bryan-Wilson, Associate Professor of History of Art

Dana Buntrock, Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Center for Japanese Studies

Michael Burawoy, Professor of Sociology

Teresa Caldeira, Professor of City and Regional Planning

Karen Chapple, Professor of City and Regional Planning

Catherine Cole, Chair and Professor of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies

Margaret W. Conkey, Class of 1960 Professor Emerita of Anthropology

Raúl Coronado, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies

Mel Y. Chen, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies

Abigail De Kosnik, Associate Professor in the Berkeley Center for New Media and the

Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies

Clélia Donovan, Lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese and Director of Portuguese Language

Instruction

Ian Duncan, Florence Green Bixby Professor of English

Penny Edwards, Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies

Laura Enriquez, Professor of Sociology

Samera Esmeir, Associate Professor of Rhetoric

Louise Fortmann, Rudy Grah Chair in Forestry and Sustainable Development and Professor of

Natural Resource Sociology

Anne-Lise François, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and English

Mia Fuller, Associate Professor of Italian Studies

Lisa Garcia-Bedolla, Chancellor’s Professor of Education and Political Science

Peter Glazer, Associate Professor of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Steven Goldsmith, Professor of English

Kevis Goodman, Associate Professor of English

Darcy Grigsby, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Arts and

Humanities

Suzanne Guerlac, Professor of French

Jocelyne Guilbault, Professor of Ethnomusicology

Kristin Hanson, Associate Professor of English

Gillian Hart, Professor of Geography

Cori Hayden, Chair and Professor of Anthropology

Lyn Hejinian, John F. Hotchkis Professor of English

David Henkin, Professor of History

Charles Hirschkind, Associate Professor of Anthropology

You-tien Hsing, Professor of Geography, Pamela P Fong Distinguished Chair in China Studies

Glynda Hull, Professor of Education

Lynn Huntsinger, Professor of Rangeland Ecology and Management

Alastair Iles, Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Rosemary Joyce, Professor of Anthropology

Khalid Kadir, Lecturer in International and Area Studies

Victoria Kahn, Katharine Bixby Hotchkis Professor of English and Professor of Comparative

Literature

Robert Kaufman, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Maggi Kelly, Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Georgina Kleege, Lecturer in English

Claire Kremen, Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Chana Kronfeld, Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Comparative Literature

Celeste Langan, Associate Professor of English

Steven Lee, Associate Professor of English

Zeus Leonardo, Professor of Education

Greg Levine, Associate Professor of the History of Art

Mara Loveman, Chair and Professor of Sociology

Colleen Lye, Associate Professor of English

Saba Mahmood, Professor of Anthropology

Beatriz Manz, Professor of Geography

Waldo Martin, Morrison Professor of American History and Citizenship

Francine Masiello, Ancker Chair of Spanish and Portuguese and of Comparative Literature

Jane Mauldon, Associate Professor in the Goldman School of Public Policy

Rebecca McLennan, Associate Professor of History

Carolyn Merchant, Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Line Mikkelsen, Associate Professor of Linguistics

Trinh T. Minh-ha, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and of Rhetoric

Minoo Moallem, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies

Rachel Morello-Frosch, Professor Environmental Science, Policy and Management and School

of Public Health

Ramona Naddaff, Associate Professor of Rhetoric

Karen Nakamura, Robert and Colleen Haas Distinguished Chair of Disability Studies and

Professor of Anthropology

Laura C. Nelson, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies

Richard Norgaard, Professor Emeritus, Energy and Resources Group

Ellen Oliensis, Chair and Professor of Classics

Todd Olson, Professor of History of Art

David Oppenheimer, Clinical Professor of Law

David O’Sullivan, Chancellor’s Professor and Associate Professor of Geography

Kevin Padian, Professor and Curator, Integrative Biology and Museum of Paleontology

  1. David Pearson, Professor in the Graduate School of Education

Laura E. Perez, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies

Leigh Raiford, Associate Professor and H. Michael and Jeanne Williams Chair of African

American Studies

Isha Ray, Associate Professor in the Energy and Resources Group

Raka Ray, Chair and Professor of Sociology and Professor of South and Southeast Asia Studies

Russell Robinson, Professor of Law

Juana Rodriguez, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies

Jesse Rothstein, Professor of Public Policy and Economics

Christine Rosen, Associate Professor in Haas School of Business

Stephen Rosenbaum, John & Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer of Law

Carolina Reid, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning

Poulomi Saha, Assistant Professor of English

Leslie Salzinger, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies

Janelle Scott, Chancellor’s Associate Professor of Education, Public Policy and African

American Studies

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Chancellor’s Professor of Anthropology

Susan Schweik, Professor of English

Katherine Sherwood, Professor of Art Practice

Ellen Simms, Professor of Integrative Biology

Jeffrey Skoller, Associate Professor of Film and Media

Mary Ann Smart, Gladyce Arata Terrill Professor of Music

Katherine Snyder, Associate Professor of English

Sarah Song, Professor of Law and Political Science

Barbara Spackman, Cecchetti Professor of Italian Studies and Professor of Comparative

Literature

Shannon Steen, Associate Professor of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Elisa Tamarkin, Associate Professor of English

Estelle Tarica, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Chair of the Graduate Group in

Latin American Studies

Charis Thompson, Chair and Chancellor’s Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies

Leti Volpp, Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law

Ivonne del Valle, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

James Vernon, Chancellor’s Professor of History

Sophie Volpp, Associate Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature

Loy Volkman, Professor Emerita of Plant and Microbial Biology

Kim Voss, Professor of Sociology

Michael Watts, Class of 1963 Chair of Geography

Hertha D. Sweet Wong, Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of English

Brian Wright, Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics

 

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