Plea bargains are unsatisfying to the victims of their type of crime

Jun 11 2018 Published by under Science Ethics, Tribe of Science

Inder Verma has resigned his position at the Salk Institute before a formal conclusion was reached in their internal investigation. One can only imagine they were moving toward a finding of guilt and he was tipped to resign.

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/leading-salk-scientist-resigns-after-allegations-harassment

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  • DNAman says:

    I see this confusion alot, not here. But this is a good place to point it out.

    "In reports stretching from 1976 to 2016, women allege, variously, that he grabbed their breasts, pinched their buttocks, forcibly kissed them, propositioned them, and repeatedly commented on their physical attributes in professional settings. The allegations come from a Salk lab technician, a postdoctoral researcher, other Salk staffers and faculty, and women outside of the institute, including a potential faculty recruit."

    "he grabbed their breasts, pinched their buttocks, forcibly kissed them," that's CRIMINAL sexual assault (and harassment). Report that to the POLICE, then talk to HR.

    "propositioned them, and repeatedly commented on their physical attributes in professional settings" that's sexual harassment. Report that to HR.

    Once the police are involved, you won't see a quiet resignation with a nice severance package. He might not get jail, but he'll get a public criminal record and listed on the public sex offender registry.

  • becca says:

    "Once the police are involved, you won't see a quiet resignation with a nice severance package. He might not get jail, but he'll get a public criminal record and listed on the public sex offender registry."
    oh my sweet summer child. Or he might become POTUS.

  • […] comes hard on the heels of Inder Verma retiring from the Salk Institute just before their institutional inquiry was set to […]

  • UCIprof says:

    This email just went out to UC Irvine from the chancellor:

    Francisco J. Ayala was a longtime UCI professor. He is the former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. My understanding is that he made a small fortune from investing in California vineyards and so he was a major benefactor of UC Irvine also.

    Dear colleagues:
    Several months ago, four members of our UCI community bravely reported incidents of sexual harassment within their school.

    While reporting misconduct is always difficult, the actions of these women were particularly courageous because their reports involved one of the most prominent members of our faculty.

    The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (OEOD) thoroughly investigated this matter, speaking to more than 60 witnesses. The investigation substantiated a number of sexual harassment claims against Francisco J. Ayala, the signature benefactor of the School of Biological Sciences, the central science library and several scholarly programs.

    Our stance on sexual harassment and sexual misconduct is clearly communicated in our policies, guidelines and required training. Given the number and breadth of the substantiated allegations, along with the power differentials at play, I believe that keeping Professor Ayala’s name in a position of honor would be wrong.

    Therefore, I decided to remove the Ayala name from the school and library. Similar changes will apply to the graduate fellowships, scholar programs and endowed chairs bearing the Ayala name. Following our standard consultative procedures, including a faculty review committee, Professor Ayala resigned without emeritus status, effective July 1, 2018, and will abstain from future campus activities. A public announcement regarding these decisions was issued a few moments ago.

    Diversity advisors will work with the biology school’s students, faculty, staff and administration to provide additional training and counseling. A climate assessment is already underway, and focused education on reporting and intervention will be offered. We will do everything within our power to create an environment in which ideas and knowledge can thrive without fear of harassment, mistreatment or retaliation.

    I sincerely thank those who had the courage to come forward – Professor and Chair Kathleen Treseder, Professor Jessica Pratt, Assistant Dean Benedicte Shipley, and graduate student Michelle Herrera – and apologize for any inappropriate behavior they experienced from a member of our faculty. Each stood up for what is right and should be commended.

  • UCIprof says:

    I left off that the harasser was a member of the national academy of sciences.

    Also, it's interesting that the victims are named, by their choice om this letter. I think when you see that, the tides have really turned.

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