Art history professor Gary Xu Gang accused of sexual assault and rape by two former students (The Art Newspaper)
Art history professor Gary Xu Gang accused of sexual assault and rape by two former students
Plaintiffs’ lawyer says sexual harassment of university students remains an ‘epidemic’ despite the progress of the #MeToo movement
The case is of particular importance, Olivarius says, because “sexual harassment of undergraduate and graduate students remains an epidemic despite the progress reflected in the #MeToo movement. Chinese students in the US are particularly vulnerable because of their unfamiliarity with sexual harassment protections, their tradition of deference to professors and their precarious visa status. The University of Illinois has more than 5,000 Chinese students. I’m sure most of them are receiving an excellent education, but it’s important for big universities to realise that they should not try to sweep abuse under the rug to avoid scandal that might hurt recruitment, but deal with it squarely and protect students.