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What Happens When Sex Harassment Disrupts Victims’ Academic Careers

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Seo-Young Chu used to be known as Jennie. She was a young Ph.D. student studying early American literature and culture at Stanford University, with Jay Fliegelman, an influential scholar and teacher both on the campus and in the field.

While Ms. Chu was his student at Stanford in 2000, Mr. Fliegelman raped and abused her, she says. The university investigated, suspending him for two years after he was found responsible for sexual harassment. Ms. Chu moved across the country, enrolled in the English Ph.D. program at Harvard University, changed the focus of her studies, and decided to go by her Korean name.

"I wanted to be a new person," she says. "That’s how much in denial I was."

Read the full Chronicle of Higher Education story.

Kris Gorman, Ph.D., Education Program Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation, contributed to this article.


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