Many people seem to evince the observation that the majority of male faculty does not seem to engage in this kind of inappropriate behavior as an argument against the claim that there is a systemic problem of sexual harassment in philosophy. But if these data generalize, it only takes a small number of well-placed, powerful perpetrators to harass and possibly traumatize generations and generations of (female) students.
“Thomas Pogge has been the subject of two official complaints of sexual misconduct, one at Yale and one at Columbia.”
– Professor Heidi Lockwood
We do not know the precise details of the findings of the committee that investigated him at Columbia, but it was serious enough to warrant the issuance of an order which prohibited him from being within the vicinity of the student that complained. At Yale, he was charged with “unprofessional conduct” because the committee found that he was indeed trying to convert the relationship with his student and subordinate from a professional to a personal, more intimate relationship. The committee, however, did not charge him with harassment, but this is now going to be contested with a lawsuit.
There is a legal case wherein many of the things I say in my blog posts (and a whole lot more) will be going on my affidavit. I will be liable to perjury if I am lying. Thomas Pogge has been asked by several reporters to comment, but he has repeatedly declined. If I am lying, he really SHOULD say to the reporters that my allegations are false or exaggerated.