Debra Katz Quoted on Sexual Harassment in Academia

Katz, Marshall & Banks partner Debra Katz was quoted in a Nature Research article, “Biologist exits prestigious post years after violating sexual-harassment policy.”

Richard Schneider was the co-director of a prestigious summer course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He is also a professor at the University of California at San Francisco, where in 2013, he was found to have violated the school’s sexual harassment policy.

Since the public release of the investigation in 2017, people and students affiliated with the Marine Biological Laboratory have struggled with how to process the allegations against Schneider. Last month, a young developmental biologist, Carolyn Dundes tweeted about Schneider’s history – leading to his resignation two days later.

“Academic institutions are struggling with how to deal with allegations that pre-dated the Me Too movement,” explains Ms. Katz. “Students are responding to the cultural shift, and saying no, we don’t want to be in close proximity with someone who has harassed other students in academia.”

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