Students protesting say USC is giving “vacation” to those accused of harassment


Approximately 100 people marched across the University of South Carolina campus on Friday calling for the dismissal of all university staff accused of sexual harassment.

Protesters with slogans such as “dismiss all abusers” and “protect students, not abusers” are not satisfied with the current approach of removing teachers accused of sexual harassment from the classroom. Said.

“They were rewarded (as sexual harassers) on paid vacation,” Sophie Luna said.

Cece Taylor, a freshman majoring in criminal justice and English, agreed with Luna.

“Even those they take off campus, they still allow them to pay them to take a vacation without having to wait until after the trial to make a complete decision,” Taylor said. Told the state.

USC student Ian Grenier, who spoke in protest, also described the dismissal of the professor’s USC accused of sexual harassment from campus as “paid leave.”

Following the allegations documented in the proceedings Survey report from state newspaper, USC has removed several employees from the campus accused of sexually harassing students, staff, or colleagues. Previously, USc had employees staying in USC payroll, but had no direct contact with students and was not allowed to come to campus without the permission of their boss.

In response to the protest, USC spokesman Jeff Stensland issued a statement highlighting the move the university made in the past few weeks with the aim of increasing resources for those who report sexual harassment. , Anyone who experienced sexual harassment urged them to come forward.

“The University of South Carolina takes sexual harassment charges seriously and respects students’ right to hear on this important issue. President Bob Kaslen removes faculty members accused of misconduct from the classroom. He has taken strong steps to ensure that access to the campus is revoked, “said Stensland. “Additional personnel measures may be pursued in the near future with respect to due process, in accordance with the law.”

Second-year journalism major Charlotte Morrison called on protesters to email Provost William Tate to pressure him to dismiss a teacher accused of sexual harassment.

“The Carolina community does not tolerate the behavior of abusers,” Morrison said.

Lauryn Workman, head of the USC University Democrat, who has been a campus activist since at least 2019, said much of her experience with faculty was positive, but recent claims have returned home. She said the proceedings filed against history professor David Snyder, a professor in the class that Workman received, contributed to her anxiety on campus.

“I love my community and want to support it, how can I do it right now?” Said the craftsman.

The protest began at the Longstreet Theater and stopped at the Presidential Palace of the Horseshoe and Osborne Administration Building at Gambler Hall on Pickens Street Bridge. Protesters also went through several campus tours with potential students.

According to protesters and social media posts, the term “dismiss all abusers” was the catchphrase for protests during the planning period. Demonstrators also called for a more systematic change in the way USC responds to sexual harassment complaints.

“I think we need to establish a system that will prevent us from hiring teachers who have been sexually abused in the past,” said Sophia Riley, a computer science major. “Also, the current system for reporting sexual harassment and abuse is clearly not currently working and I think it needs to be reviewed and rewritten. All students reported harassment by these faculty members, They were just completely ignored. “

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