Following up on yesterday's post, University Of Illinois Law School Dean, Faculty Speak Out Against Colleague's Sexual Misconduct: Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette, UI Law School Dean: 'I'm Deeply Sorry':
Challenged by a student leader, the dean of the University of Illinois College of Law apologized to law students Wednesday for the sexual-harassment case involving Professor Jay Kesan and its aftermath.
At a packed town hall meeting at the UI Law Building's library, Dean Vikram Amar and other administrators answered questions for two hours about the school's handling of the case against Kesan, who was sanctioned last year following a two-year sexual-harassment investigation.
Students complained that they didn't learn about the case until an audience member talked about it publicly at a law-school forum on sexual harassment last week, and that administrators didn't do enough to protect them during or after the investigation because they allowed Kesan to continue teaching and advising students.
About halfway through, Illinois Student Bar Association President Ashley Kennedy told Amar that she sensed students felt "disenchanted and downtrodden" after hearing about the procedural hurdles involved in taking more-serious actions against Kesan, a tenured law professor. The student group has demanded Kesan's resignation, and Kennedy later presented Amar with a letter signed by more than 220 law students, faculty, staff and alumni.
"We feel that students are being put to the side," Kennedy told Amar. "I think we want an apology for not doing enough to protect us."
Amar responded, "On behalf of the university, I apologize that any creepy behavior ever happens."
"Whether I did anything wrong or not, I feel an obligation on behalf of the university and the law school, so I'm deeply sorry," Amar said.
October 25, 2018 in Legal Education | Permalink
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