Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1980-02-191
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Not always physical 'Sexual harassment' definitions By Robert Whetten "That black females are sexually harassed by financial aid officials when applying for aid ... " This is the third in a series of charges made in a class action, race-discrimination complaint against Weber State College. This charge, made by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in mid-December, has been vigorously denied by financial Aid Director William VanDyke, toward whom the accusers have now directed their complaints (see accompanying article). A recent survey of WSC administrator and students, however, reveals that no one seems to have a clear idea of what the words mean. Even local CORE chairwoman Shirley Thomas, who filed the complaint, says she doesn't know and insists that HEW-Civil Rights Division (HEW-CRD) in Denver "chose Volume 40 Issue 35 "The number one problem in America today is not air and water pollution. It's moral pollution," says Dick Gregory, noted social activist. Gregory will speak at a noon convocation Thursday (Feb. 21) at Weber State College. The convocation is free to the public and will be held in the Austad Auditorium of the Browning Center. According to Rex Leetham, associated students cultural affairs vice president, the topic of M l! !! O jj n I : Gregory speaks Thursday ( I DICK GREGORY will speak at noon convocation Thursday in Browning Fine Arts Center. Comedian and later an the words after we gave them specific incidents." The regional HEW-CRD director, Dr. Gilbert Roman, was on campus Wednesday to initiate an investigation of WSC on race discrimination charges. Dr. Roman admits to carefully choosing the wording after lengthy consideration and consultation with his attorneys because of the cruciality and sensitivity of this part of the investigation. Contained in Title IX Sexual harassment is contained in Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, which is better known for demanding equal spending for women in sports. It is not a criminal offense, but is prohibited at state-supported institutions by threat of withdrawal of funding. Sexual assault, on the other hand, is a felony and falls under jurisdic WEBER STATE COLLEGE k ODDEN UTAH Gregory's speech will be "Social Problems: Social or Anti-Social?"Gregory began his career in the late 1950's as a stand-up comedian. In the 1960's he became heavily involved with the civil rights movement. He participated in every major and most minor demonstrations for human rights in America. In 1967 he formally entered politics by launching an unsuccessful write-in campaign for .... I activist, Gregory has written nine books and is always in demand as a speaker. tion of legal authorities. Dr. Roman indicated he interpreted the sexual harassment section of Title IX to mean "physically touching." But Carla Holmes, Dr. Roman's chief deputy in Denver, told the Signpost Friday, "Sexual harassment does not have to mean something physical. It is something done to either a male or female based on that person's sex; it could mean saying: "I won't do this for you unless you do X for me." This definition is in line with tales of sexual harassment given in a Feb. 4 Time magazine article. The article reported that sexual activity is prevalent between students and faculty and that sexual harassment charges are increasing. Feminists argue that even if a woman student agrees to engaging in sexual activity with a professor, she is still exploited i IJ Februay 19, 1980 the presidency of the United States. He has written nine books, including his autobiography "Nigger:. The Shadow that Scares Me," "No More Lies: The Myth and the Reality of American History," "Dick Gregory's Political Primer," "Dick Gregory's Bible Tales with Commentary," and "Up From Nigger.." colleges Gregory visits 300 each school year. i i - r " '.Jii.l,m.r. j" because the professor has power over her grade and future, according to the Time report. Among the cases listed was one in which a Yale undergraduate charged her professor with offering her an "A" in exchange for sexual favors. In another case, a Berkeley professor was charged with fondling and propositioning 13 students and offering grades and recommendations in exchange for sex. The cases against WSC's VanDyke is similar to that of the Berkeley professor in that charges of fondling and reward for compliance (in this case, a better financial aid package) were alleged and that the names of accusers were withheld. It is this withholding of accuser's names that aggravates the defendants, and VanDyke's case is no exception. Attorney Richard Richards, VanDyke's Van Dyke files libel suit for $1.5 million A television news series alleging sexual harassment in the Web State College financial aid office has drawn a $1.5 million libel sir', from WSC Financial Aid Director William VanDyke. The suit, fiii.J Friday morning, charges that a Feb. 5 newscast aired by Kin, v Channel 2 News contained "libelous, slanderous, and defamatoi material" about VanDyke. The action was expected, as VanDyke's legal counsel, RichaiV Richards, made known on Feb. 6 that a libel suit would be filed as so-as KUTV was given time to retract the statements. KUTV newscaster Carlos Amezcua, who coordinated the :r: terviews with the women, said he felt the programs were fair a;-,,' needed no retraction. The lawsuit contends that allegations of immoral and lewd c;: ; duct made against VanDyke by three anonymous females duringt.?.--broadcast have damaged his reputation and "held him up to ridicuW and scorn." The suit seeks $500,000 in general damages and $1 millioi in punitive damages from KUTV, and charges that KUTV publish. : the accusations "with malice or reckless disregard for the tru . fulness or falsity of the allegations." Key Point A key point in the suit contends that with proper investigate' KUTV could have found the accusations to be untrue. This concer .. the women's allegations that they could not receive financ' assistance unless they allowed VanDyke to touch their bodi Financial Aids has contended from the beginning the amount of ? ..' received is determined by a formula and cannot be influenced by . loans officer. KUTV apparently did not check this. The sexual harassment charges were originally publicized in o class-action complaint against WSC on grounds of race discrimination. In the unammended portion of the complaint, filed ; the local Congress of Racial Equality in mid-December, sexu -.. harassment of black women at Financial Aids is alleged. The college is currently being investigated by the Department o Health, Education and Welfare, Civil Rights Division (HEW-CRD: concerning race discrimination. The complaint centers on Financis. Aids, but also lists discrimination in grading, counseling and faculij assistance. Aired Series But before the HEW inspectors arrived on campus last We? nesday, KUTV aired the series highlighting the alleged sexu harassment. The following day VanDyke announced his intention c filing a libel suit and KUTV's Amezcua told the Signpost that Va dyke had threatened him with a libel suit the evening before the program was broadcasted. VanDyke said he is willing to submit himself to a lie detector test and has challenged what he termed his "secret accusers" to & likewise. Attorney Richards told the Signpost Thursday that th accusers' names would be discovered and they would be subpeoned by the court. Inside today Sagebrush Rebellion page Letters to the editor page C Sports page7and vary legal council, laments, "With the situation as it is, what is to stop your women from accusing any public official, ruining his career and reputation, when they knew they will remain anonymous." Deputy Holmes explains this as either due to the falsity of the accusations or the sensitive nature of the charges. "Because of the sensitive kind of matter that it is and because it is so hard to discuss, the accuser generally does not want to be identified,' Holmes said. She added that Uv':. may explain why the women hs not gone to college counselor with the problem but instead waited until formal charges had been filed and other women cams forth. Both Dr. Roman and Holmes cited the landmark aspects of the WSC case, noting that it is the first time 'sexual harassment' had been alleged in this region.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1980-02-19, Vol. 40, No. 35|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|